This rare Blade Durango from the 1980's was in the workshop for a restoration. The main fault was it's active electronics had stopped working properly.
Unusually it was made in England rather than Switzerland, which makes it a possible prototype or a commission build, it's believed the U.K. builds were lead by Patrick James Eggle!
Getting into the restoration, it clearly became apparent that the guitar had been heavily modified by it's previous owner, fitting the first generation VSC blade active circuit as an upgrade, along with a P90 pickup in the neck position.
With any vintage guitar, original parts are preserved as much as possible, but due to the poor condition that the electronic components were in, the two control pots had to be replaced. The rest of the parts were carefully cleaned and serviced as they were in a salvageable condition.
The guitar also had a complete detail clean, fingerboard treatment and hardware polish, intonation set and action adjusted and a fresh set of strings before it was ready for it's owner to collect!
A picture showing the VSC-1 circuit board before the fault was solved. As it turned out one of the wires had been incorrectly placed.
The circuit in the condition it was brought in, you can clearly see it was a DIY fitting by it's previous owner!
The new components fitted and the wiring tidied up, leaving the VSC-1 loom untouched.