1934 Horseshoe wiring restoration project

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1934 Horseshoe wiring restoration project

Postby (lob01) » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:29 am

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Hi, my name is Stefan Lob from germany (http://www.schlaggitarren.de) and I´m restoring a 34/35 Rickenbacher Spanish Guitar.

Somebody with no experiance, do a bad restauration in the 60/70th and now I wane do it better! I tryed out the horeshoe and it works brilliant but only one Volume. Take a look at the picture, this is the wiering from the first restaurion. In my opinion such a wiering couldn´t work!

When I wire a PU with a volume pot, I take the hot wire and solder it to the right pin. From the middel pot pin I go to the hot tip of the jack. I solder the ground wire from the pu on the potcap. I solder the left potpin also on the potcap. From the groundcap I wire to the gound of the Jack (when there are noises I wire from the goundcap to the bridge and if it is a wooden one I wire the ground to the tailpiece).

Is this the right way for the old horseshoe? I would do it in the original way!

Thanks a lot,

Stefan
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Re: 1934 Horseshoe wiring restoration project

Postby (lob01) » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:40 am

OK, I answere by myself!
I get no answere, so I try it the way I would do it and now everything works perfectly!
I´m very asounished about the full and powerfull sound of the Horseshoe and very low noises for such an old PU! Maby I do a wire from the pottop to the tailpiece. So if you play you have NO noises, but the noises are so low it works without such a ground wire.
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Re: 1934 Horseshoe wiring restoration project

Postby (jps) » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:19 am

Welcome, Stephan! 8)

Your rewiring looks good.

Hw about some pics of the guitar?
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Re: 1934 Horseshoe wiring restoration project

Postby (lob01) » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:44 am

The guitar is still not restored!
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Re: 1934 Horseshoe wiring restoration project

Postby (chrisdski) » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:52 am

Welcome Stefan. Nice looking guitar. Glad the rewire worked. This is the place to post. Sergio may chime in here after a bit- he's the resident expert.
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Re: 1934 Horseshoe wiring restoration project

Postby (jps) » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:03 pm

lob01 wrote:The guitar is still not restored!

Looks nice, regardless! :D
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Re: 1934 Horseshoe wiring restoration project

Postby (lob01) » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:27 pm

Its a 33/34 spanish guitar. In my opinion the first guitar with a pickup! Everything original but a stupid guy, do a new laquer on the body and the front of the headplate (with the original Rickenbacher ...later Rickenbacker plate. I have a wonderfull restorer who have an idea how to obtain the original laquer with a special method. I hope everything works and then this guitar is a rare collectabel itom!
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