Well after some careful consideration I decided to pull the trigger on one of the new Thorn R/S models! I called Ron up the day the specs were posted and asked him more about the new "Precision-Lock" neck design so once I heard all the details I pretty much made up my mind to grab one as it sounds like a truly awesome design. Here are the specs on mine:
Thorn R/S Hardtail Custom:
- Streaky Black Limba body and neck
- Honduran Rosewood fretboard
- 10" Radius
- 25.5" scale
- 1.670 nut width
- 2Tek Hardtail bridge
- 6-inline Locking Tuners with no string tree
- Number of Frets - 22
- Fretwire - Jumbo Stainless Steel
- Volume (lower than the prototype model so I don't clip it with my pinky ), Tone (push-pull coil split for the humbucker) and 5-way blade switch
- Nickel hardware
- H-S-S setup: Pasadena '86 (hotter) bridge, Pasadena Classic '57s neck/middle (the Pasadena models are the Thorn/Gaudesi pickups)
- RS Superpots & Switchcraft electronics
- Dunlop Dual-Design Strap Buttons
- Inlay: Mastodon Ivory Dots and Firesun @ 12th fret
- Ultra-thin Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
- Color: Brazilian Burst (matching Jr 90 #09)
- Strings: .010-.046
- Deluxe leather-bound G&G hardshell case
Anyone who got to play my Junior 90 has a pretty good idea how this will sound (Ron said they can get pretty close! ) and the pickups for this guitar are wound by John Gaudesi who was the same guy who helped with the Stapletop P-90 pickups in the Jr 90s. I can't wait, looking like an 8-ish week build time! I'll be posting some pictures soon, I think I get pictures of my wood blanks tomorrow so if I get some I'll update the thread as they arrive!
I posted the thread with pictures of these guys over on ss.org but for anyone who missed them here are some pics to give you an idea:
This is what the 2Tek bridge looks like for anyone who hasn't seen one before:
Everything I've heard about these bridges basically says they are very clear and the guitar they have retrofit with them "ring like a piano" apparently. We shall see, I hear good things!
Your tagline is very appropriate.
Can't wait to see it.