Thursday, December 30, 2004
The New Toy
The negatives? The pickguard is in an awkward place, and interferes with playing a bit. It's probably just me, and I'll see if I get over it as I get used to this beast. The drone string tuning is a big PITA. I suppose the drone string tuning is why Jerry Jones came out with their new Supreme Sitar (the one that looks like it has a mandolin neck grafted onto the standard Master Sitar), but the Rogue has the same types of wrench-adjusted pegs for the drones as the Coral and Jerry Jones archetypes (visualize piano tuning pegs and you get the idea). Tuning them is an interesting exercise in frustration. A gentleman I very much respect suggested tuning the drone strings chromatically, longest drone string tuned in unison with the Open E on the guitar, then up the full octave. The problem with this is that the wrench adjustment is a bit tough to nail the tuning exactly; I found that either I was extremely flat (> 60 cents below) or fairly sharp (30-40 cents above) the note I was trying to tune to. Again, I've only played with this thing for a couple of hours, and it might just require a more experienced hand (I'd rather tune the drones to this tuning than to the factory-suggested tuning, which is an octave higher; the last thing I want to do is replace the drones until they absolutely need it. Restringing the drones looks like an exercise in frustration on the part of the one you get restringing a Rickenbacker 12-string with the 'R' tailpiece). This thing doesn't really resonate all that much, at least at bedroom volumes on my tiny Fender practice amp. I'll try cranking it a bit today or tomorrow and seeing if I get any good resonant effects from the drones.