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    Default Dillon Mandolin re-wire?

    Has anyone attempted to disassemble a Dillon electric mandolin?

    I have one for rewiring / new pickup fitting and I can't for the life of me figure out how to access the pots. I had naively assumed that the pots would just about slip out through the F-holes, but no joy. Indeed as one is a rather large push-pull pot I can't see how it would ever come out

    Is it at all conceivable that the electrics are fitted prior to the top going on and finishing? I can't imagine that would be the case but at present I can't see how else the parts could be got inside there!

    Thanks in advance, John.

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    Which one is it? If it's the ES-335 shaped one, they probably installed it all through the pickup cavity. I use a piece of vinyl tubing to do this kind of thing. I push the tubing through the hole for the pot, find it through the F-hole or other access point, then jam the pot into the tubing, which can then pull it into place. Fun times.

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    Default Re: Dillon Mandolin re-wire?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    Which one is it? If it's the ES-335 shaped one, they probably installed it all through the pickup cavity. I use a piece of vinyl tubing to do this kind of thing. I push the tubing through the hole for the pot, find it through the F-hole or other access point, then jam the pot into the tubing, which can then pull it into place. Fun times.
    Thanks Marty - but it wasn't done that way - there's just a small hole (pickup wire sized) connecting the pickup cavity to the switch cavity.

    Since I posted, I've managed to wriggle the volume pot out by disconnecting a few things in-situ, and that may be enough to do what I need. The push-pull tone pot though I see no way out for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tavy View Post
    Thanks Marty - but it wasn't done that way - there's just a small hole (pickup wire sized) connecting the pickup cavity to the switch cavity.

    Since I posted, I've managed to wriggle the volume pot out by disconnecting a few things in-situ, and that may be enough to do what I need. The push-pull tone pot though I see no way out for!
    They got it in there some how, and you're probably smarter than whoever put it in there. I don't think the finish guys would like to deal with electronics inside when they're finishing, so I doubt that's how it went in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    They got it in there some how, and you're probably smarter than whoever put it in there.
    LOL, maybe, but getting a ship out of a bottle is harder than putting it in

    I don't think the finish guys would like to deal with electronics inside when they're finishing, so I doubt that's how it went in.
    I'm sure that's true. In any case I managed to extract enough to do what was needed. Still don't know how they got that push-pull pot in there though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tavy View Post
    In any case I managed to extract enough to do what was needed. Still don't know how they got that push-pull pot in there though!

    A little pushing and some pulling........
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    Quote Originally Posted by pops1 View Post
    A little pushing and some pulling........
    And maybe a bit of pot?

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    Well I'm glad we finally got that figured out.
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