So I glued in the neck and test fitted everything, and was planning a big update – but then a disaster. All due to bad manufacturing…. I’m a bit pissed off right now.
Here is my fitting setup:
Now look at the gap between the rear pickup and the correct bridge position: Way too big! It seems like they just make one body for the 24 frets version, and use that with the 22 frets version. The position of the bridge pickup is VERY important – the sound changes a lot down there. So this one will sound dull and muddy….
Here is a diagram:
I emailed the seller describing the problem to him, and his answer was:
hello my friend. please do not worry about that, and about the bridge hole ,it is drilled yourself?
So I described it even more and told him that: Yes I should worry about that, and the bridge holes are in the right position – this is determined by the scale length of the neck… I don’t know if his ignorance is deliberate…. He has not answered the last question – but he better!
Also, the neck angle is virtually non existing… On a guitar like this it should be around 3 degrees.
All of this I would have noticed if the neck fitted the body properly (check my second post First problem encountered…)
So at the moment I’m struggling to get the bridge posts out of the body for my 66 euro bridge. Hard work, and making a right mess of the bridge post inserts….
Since the neck is already glued in, I’ll need a complete new kit from the manufacturer, with the rear pickup cavity in the right place. I’ll probably do the neck angle myself, since it would be a nightmare trying to explain this….
So can you really make a good PRS with china parts? No seems to be the answer….