OK guys, the guitar is still a work in progress -- but just to report in, here is a preview post with some pics which show the OFR-Edge rout itself, as well as a few blurry shots of the installed LoPro Edge:
If you want to see some larger versions, you can download the images from here:
I apologize for the blurry shots of the installed Edge. You probably won't believe this, but the digital camera's battery has just lost its ability to hold a charge. So, it's little more than a paperweight at the moment...
Back to the pics, I obviously still need to install the electronics. Once I get that done I'll have a working camera and will take a fresh round of photos. I'll also record it and post an MP3, to show that the neck is in tune. Not because I think I'm so clever, but to help prove that this mod is possible and even desirable.
The original OFR studs/holes were used. As far as what changed, I widened the rear portion of the OFR rout. Each side (L and R) was adjusted differently. Looking at the top-down photo, you can see I also had to extend the front-left area of the rout. Though it's impossible to tell from these photos, the trem sits in the modified rout almost perfectly. I think it doesn't look at all weird until you really stare at it with this subject in mind.
(I plan to measure and post the resulting rout pattern as well, which I pretty much eyeballed, shaving off more and more until it barely fit.)
RE: Intonation, I haven't made any changes and yet all the frets seem to be in tune, as well as the 12th-fret harmonics. I'm sure some adjustment will be needed, but for it to be this good right away is, I think, an excellent omen.
I must say, so far it plays great and has a nice clear tone. I can divebomb and do bombastic vibrato, and it feels plenty smooth. I am so glad to finally have an Edge in a non-Ibanez guitar! I mean, I love Ibanez design and necks, but there are other things I don't like. With this setup, I feel like I'm getting the best of both worlds.
As for the rest of the guitar, it's a Warmoth body and neck. Flame Koa top on Mahogany, with a Birdseye Maple neck and abalone dots. The Warmoth neck is particularly nice with its compound-radius fretboard. It is a snug fit and easily passes the business-card test; once I get the truss rod adjusted it should play extremely well, with approximately 1/16" action (which I already get at the low and high frets, but since the neck is shipped with the truss rod relaxed there is a noticeable bow in the middle.) I'm using a graphite nut and Planet Waves locking tuners. No locking nut, but I am going to install a string bar.
Bridge pickup is a handmade WCR Goodwood; neck is a Kent Armstrong Motherbucker. Electronics is a custom harness from http://www.has-sound.com/
(highly recommended!). I'm using a 5-position switch that provides various options across the 3 humbuckers contained in those 2 pickups.
Anyway I hope y'all enjoy the results! I know I will.