Today I reinstalled the electronics. The channel for the jack plug is now wide enough. I also screwed in the two covers, which I had sprayed blue yesterday. In this way the backside looks much better than with the natural covers.
I took the chance to check the sound, because the next time I will detach the neck again, when I work on the frets. When I tuned the guitar I broke the high E, because it stucked in the fret-slot (another think to fix). The EMG and the Volume work as expected. The sound is much better with the EMG closer to the strings. I have the impression, that the guitar produces more highs than its sister, the Kortmann-Strat. It will be very interesting to compare both guitars side by side later. More highs could be expected because of the longer scale and the maple-fretboard, warm mids are less, about the bass I am not sure actually, because there are still problems (see below). At this point I could also state, that the guitar is finished, because I can play on it and all notes are audible, but you remember I still want to improve the handling and the comfort. Actually the string-action is pretty high and I also register, that the low E is not projecting so well and sounds a tad duller than the other strings. In the video it’s not so obvious, but maybe you hear it also. I suggest, that the pressure on the Zero-Fret is too low (I used a 9-42 string-gauge) and I could lower the string-slot still a bit more. If this not helps the angle from the headstock to the saddle would be too small to achieve enough pressure. Then I would have to think over a string-tree, which I wanted to avoid. You know, that my Zero-fret has the same height as the standard-frets. If I sand the frets and spare the Zero-Fret I would also raise the string-action on the lower frets. This could also help with the pressure on the saddle, when I play fretted notes. Of course a higher string-gauge could also improve the low area. The reason I have chosen the unusual longer scale of 660mm was to use the guitar for lower tunings with lighter gauges. On my Kortmann-Strat I play 11-56 and tune to C and I thought, that I probably could tune to C with 10-46 strings. But first I will execute the fretjob before I test different tunings and gauges. I have recorded a little video to show you what I mean. Please excuse the sloppy playing, it’s the first time I play guitar since I started the build:
Outlook: I have to wait now for additional tools before I will start with the fretjob. I have also ordered another set of Hipshot tuners with non-staggered shafts to solve the problem with the actual tuning machines.
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