Re: Not Sure If I Like My Big Brass Block
It's not that well known (since it isn't listed in the specs) but the standard block on an OFR is actually brass coated in chrome, I think the actual size/mass increase is what is causing such a big difference and a smaller brass block might be a better happy medium. I was thinking about upgrading the block on my Jem 777 since it doesn't have the same percussiveness as my 7V and the harmonics don't jump out as much, it just has less poke in the mids. I don't know if that is down to the Basswood body vs Alder but the 777 has a very different sound and really through my Cornford it sounds like pure ass (because that amp responds better to brighter guitars with a lot of dynamic range, the opposite of the 777), great through my Helix though and decent with the 5150.
It's difficult to really get to the bottom of tweaking a guitars unplugged sound/nature, different guitars need different remedies and sometimes there is only so much you can do. My 777 is pretty much perfect in terms of playing ease and stability, but I have a love/hate relationship with the sound, especially as it sounds so dead through my favourite amp. I've thought about changing the block for a Titanium one as that is known to increase brightness, certainly when you swap from brass to titanium saddles on other guitars (such as the Tele).