A few days ago, I dug out the carcass of an old Godwin organ guitar. At
some point in the dim and distant past, a previous owner stripped out
all of the (presumably faulty) organ innards and configured it as a
As you can see from the pics, they fortuitously
left the fingerboard loom in place. Each fret (like the SynthAxe) is
actually a composite of six separate sections, each effectively
functioning as an individual switch.
I’ve been meaning to do something with this for ages and I think now is the time...
first step will be to remove the neck and loom in order to assess the
state of the wiring and get to grips with working out/documenting the
of the (remaining) wiring looks to have been hacked and access isn't great through
the rear panel. Luckily, the neck is bolt-on, so it's very easy to remove.
diagrams/colour coding charts aren't easy to come by, so I figured
having the neck/loom on the bench is the easiest option.
Precisely what I’ll end up shoehorning
into the body synth-wise isn’t clear yet, so any suggestions will be
gratefully received. I’m also liking the idea of some kind of onboard
To start the ball rolling - and thanks to the exceptional generosity of @thecolourbox, I now have a MicroKORG XL to add to the mix.
I've no idea how/where this is going to end up, but I think there's huge scope for being inventive with the fret matrix and (repurposing) the original controls. I'm also interested in the possibilities of SoftPot membrane potentiometers...
So...all thoughts, (hopefully polite/helpful) suggestions or whatever gratefully appreciated!
Oh, and if anyone knows anything re. the location of an alive/dead complete/incomplete Godwin/Sisme, Vox, etc Guitar Organ, I'm all ears...
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