Another good bud, client and fantastic player Aaron Marshall of Intervals brought me another of his newest additions, and second fan-fret Strandberg Boden 7 to get a setup and overall checkup. It was also intended to install a new set of custom made Bare Knuckle Juggernaut pickups instead of the stock Seymour Duncan slanted Sentient/Pegasus combo, but the new pickups were unfortunately oversized and it was decided not to modify either at all.
As you can see, the width and flaring-out of the covered BK pickups was oversized for the cavities.
The stock pickup’s support foam shown is inadequate imo.
As a general rule, I always like to measure out and fill the cavity evenly with high-density foam, for much firmer support and helps to combat feedback excellently.
Fretwork on this example was excellent, with almost no tooling marks evident. Truss rod worked like a champ.
I’ve worked on a good handful of these Bodens now, and this particular example was one of the best that I’ve seen. I must say that the body finishing in particular was *outstanding*. Great job Strandberg/Washburn, a very, very good guitar overall.