I took it out, made some basic setup, truss rod mainly + tightening the trem screws.
It started with somewhat mixed feelings,
- i liked the sound,
- the feel,
- the weight,
- the balance,
- the fretwork,
- the strength of the neck (KTS titanium rods)
- the harmonics
1) for some reason G saddle seems a tad higher, making the whole G a little higher than the rest
2) it has some misalignment regarding offset from strings to fret ends, shown here :
3) also some misallignment on the level of neck pup shown here :
which just didnt wanna come straight level no matter the pressure from the side
4) the action height, was just too high, I screwed the studs all the way down, but still the action was high, somewhere in the range of 2mm low B, 1.5 high E @24th fret.
I struggled a lot (4-5 hours) trying to find the magic way that this thing would actually tune, when i started losing faith, till I suddenly felt the strat-syndrome and just took the tools out for a proper setup.
Opened up the neck and i found that it had some shim already in, which was lost in the cavity, there is no neck stop like in strats, the neck is held only by the screws. So i decided to follow the old way of shimming. In my haste to having the guitar playable as fast as possible, i installed just a paper shimm which was enough for the job, although i am gonna redo it seriously next time.
The results :
- i got the action real low, silly low i'd say :1.4mm low B, 1mm high E @24th fret *without* buzz, hey that's a deal maker!!
- suddenly and without any pressure at screwing the neck, the string offset issue now seems gone
- also suddenly, the neck pup alignment issue was gone as well!!, cause frankly the neck pup comes in contact with the heel of the neck. I considered this as a sign of the gods of metal, so this was very important!
then i spent about an hour in full shredding mode.
Overall, i ultra dig this axe... after ..... about 7 hours of struggling to make it playable! I think its a keeper for sure.
Expect a proper NGD post to come next!