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  1. Thanks for posting those photos. I've got a GK3 internal kit on the way that's going in my transcale Custom. I've also got a Fein tool, which will help immensely. Your photos have provided me with a road map for the project. Much appreciated. I'm trying to figure out where to put the 1/4" jack. But using your approach, it should be much easier to install the 1/4" jack in another location than hogging out a bunch of material for the 13-pin jack. Very clever install on the 13-pin! Looking closely at your photos, it appears the wings on the black transcale are made from particle board? Is that correct or just the way the photos look? It especially appears that way around the holes in the battery cavity photo. I thought all of these were made with a rock maple neck and rock maple wings. Maybe that's the difference between the black/white transcales and the transparent finished customs. Nice work! Jim www.kozelguitars.com
  2. Howdy from another Transcale owner and luthier (www.kozelguitars.com) First check your neck relief. That's how much "bend" is in the neck. Put your capo on the first fret. Now hold down each string, one after the other at about the 14th fret using your right hand. While you're fretting the string at the 14th fret, with your other hand press the string down on TOP of the 5th or 7th fret. Take a look at the clearance at the 5th or 7th fret. There should be just enough "relief' to slide a thin business card between the string and the fret. If it's too low, you'll get string buzzing as soon as you hit the strings hard. If it's too high, the guitar becomes harder to play the further you go up the neck. Relief is adjusted by tightening or loosening the truss rod. ALWAYS check neck relief before looking to adjust the saddle height. Now check the saddle height by checking string action at the 12th fret. Using a good metal ruler, acceptable string height at the 12th fret high E is around 2/32" to 3/32" from the top of the fret to the bottom of the string. The low E at the 12th fret should be somewhere around 3/32" to 4/32". Depending on your playing style and string gauge, you might adjust a bit higher. If it's just ONE string, I might replace the string if everything else checks out OK. Jim
  3. I feel caught in a sequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest or Catch-22. I'm a very happy owner of a Steinberger Transcale baritone 6-string. Awesome and fun guitar. All I need is a graphite bow-tie saddle, a spare capo, and a couple of volume knobs. I call Gibson and they WILL NOT deal with JUST customers (it makes zero difference that we're the ones PLAYING the darn guitars) and send me to Musicians Friend, American Music, and Music 123. Those folks have NO CLUE what I'm talking about, don't use Gibson part numbers and tell me to call Gibson. The lady at Musicians Friend tried to sell me a Fender Jazz bass volume knob. "We only stock and source part for popular guitars." Gibson in turn tells me to call, guess who...Musicians Friend, American Music, and Music 123. WTF? Ned, if you check these posts, how could you let such an awesome instrument and your good name become associated with such a low-class outfit like Gibson? Customer service? Right. Does anyone have any idea how to get those parts? Jkoz
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