2014 Swope "Geronimo"


Summary: The one that started it all. An offset alder bodied double cut. Featuring the O.G. pickups, (Original Geronimo), Swope’s original humbucking design – full voiced with a wonderful clarity. A 5-way switch allows for a very versatile tone pallet. Positions 2 and 4 combine one coil from each pickup, one position is in parallel mode for a hum-free single coil-ish vibe, the other position is in series, offering a third humbucker option in a two pickup guitar. A rotary “Funk Bump” switch also adds a filter to the middle position (both pickups on) giving the player the option of adding a little quack to his cleans, makes the dirty sounds rip nicely, too.  (from the Swopes website)

This particular “Geronimo” guitar says “Pilot 003” on the back of the headstock. I spoke with Chris Swope & he says this guitar was from the very first batch that Wildwood bought in 2014. This guitar goes back to when Chris was vacuum forming the pickup covers himself! He also told me that this guitar has the clay dot markers and that the neck profile is a little beefier than the current models.

Body: Solid body electric guitar with an alder body.

Neck: Maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. The scale length is 25.5” with a 9.5” radius. This guitar has 22 frets & the nut width is 1.656”

Pickups/Hardware: Gotoh staggered tuning keys, two original Geronimo humbuckers. This instrument has a master volume, master tone, funk bump & a 5-way switch.

Cosmetics: This instrument shows some awesome checking in the finish – Swope calls this lacquer finish the “Knock around” finish because it features some light relic-ing & checking.

Playability: This guitar plays great – the action is low and the guitar plays with no buzzing or dead spots. We set this guitar up with 10’s and it is ready to roll.

Weight:   7 lbs,   4  ounces.

Case: Lightweight polyfoam guitar case (non-original)