Del Hudson wrote:
First off, nice restore on the Emerald Special. If I read correctly earlier in this thread, you mentioned about moving the Floyd posts if you kept a Floyd on it. Just so you know, you can't just move things around like that. It throws the scale of the guitar off and you will never get it to intonate, so I was glad to see the Flicker purchase and install.
Now I am a little confused with your second CAR dilemma. Are you saying that the original neck won't fit without hitting the clearcoat, or are you trying to put a different neck on that Special body and it's not lining up right?
When the guitar had the floyd install, I believe they used a template to mount the floyd like the one at stew mac. The template uses the original mounting holes from a vintage tremolo as a guide. I believe this was done, and the error of the install is that it didn't have a vintage trem, it has the ESP flicker, so the post holes are further towards the bridge pickup as a result. This caused the problem of the tremolo block essentially resting on the wood of the tremolo route towards the bridge. The block wasn't in the middle of the route, it was up towards the bridge, if you can visualize that.
The problem with the neck, and I had this same problem here http://www.kramerforum.com/forum/index.php?threads/proud-new-kramer-pacer-owner.1279/
I believe that the finish on these Candy colors, is SO thick, that the fretboard overhang rests right on the body. When you put the neck in the pocket, the neck has no way of resting in the pocket, because the fretboard overhang sits on the body. It sits on the body, causing a gap, requiring shims to make of the difference, or else it would be open air space when bolted on.
I was thinking that I can do 2 things, either 1. sand the bottom of the fretboard overhang to remove enough material to allow the neck to sit in the pocket, or 2. sand the finish off on the body where the overhang would sit.
There are 4 pieces of the "vintage" kramer (alien X nation pun
) shim material used. I believe the guitar only really needs 1, or non at all. So i'm trying to get away from using a shim. for more "TONE"