I've been trying to spec out a custom that I'd like to build at some point with the help of my dad and a different local guy(). I just had a few questions/ideas that I wanted to throw out into the open and see what advice anyone had.
I'm thinking of a solid claro walnut body, or a black limba body and a claro walnut top. I seriously love the figure of the wood, but a limba back/walnut top is about $75 cheaper. What are the tonal properties of the two combined? I'm looking at the RGA style body for the final shape, and the forearm contour plays no noticeable part in my playing technique.
I'm really leaning towards the Schaller-Hannes because it looks super comfy/I like the design more than the Hipshot bridge and the Gibraltar Plus. It seems pretty easy to install and use. Are their any issues with it that anyone knows here from personal experience?
So this is the tricky part. I've been used to the 25.5" scale for going on 7 years. A few friends have guitars that are 24.75" and I'm finding that, daresay, I prefer it. The bending control is much better and they sound sweeter. I can't think of any workhorse that are that scale length that are affordable. Maybe an Agile Al-3100 with a slim neck.
Obviously I can't pass judgment from a 7 year standpoint vs. a few hours at a friends house/ half an hour at a music store, but I also want to follow my gut, and my gut says that 24.75" is much better.
So, my starting practice guitar had 22 and now the RGA has 24. I never use all of them, but at the same time it's daunting to get rid of them, in case I do end up needing/wanting them. There's supposed to be some sort of harmonic when you only have 22 frets and the neck pickup is placed just right :corksniffer: Is there validity in that statement?
I'm also leaning toward stainless steel fretwire, but I'm not sure what size. I'd like to try different thicknesses, but my budget is limited, so what are my options? Does EVO fretwire feel like SS(which is supposed to be like butter)?
In essence, TL;DR, but if you've made it through the rambling and cork sniffing, what is your advice? Should I put this little pipe dream on the back burner until I have more experience, or should I dive right in?
I've never liked the look of walnut as a body wood, but a black limba body with a walnut top would be gorgeous. I'm pretty sure both are pretty well rounded woods tonally, so you could go in a lot of different directions as far as the neck, fretboard and pickups are concerned.
I've never seen a bad thing about a Hannes. I want to try one so badly, get one.
The 24th fret is the place of a harmonic. So when you have 22 frets, the neck pickup is where that harmonic node would be. I guess this changes the strings vibration. No idea what the hell is does to the tone. I'll let a more experienced person get into that.
If you have the money you should definitely do it. I know I would if I had the spare cash.