I recently acquired a second-hand Fender/Roland GC-1 guitar, having used a Graphtech-equipped Godin Freeway SA and a GK-3 for the better part of a decade. Despite the Strat being quite a reasonable axe, I am not entirely happy with the factory GK setup, so I was wondering if anyone out there might be able to offer some advice.
The radius of the top of the GK pickup is way smaller than that of the fretboard, so I can't get the outside strings close enough to the pickup without the middle ones being way too close. I can compensate for this to some extent using the sensitivity settings, but I was wondering if anyone else had a solution for the same issue on the GC-1. I notice that my GK-3 has a much greater radius which better matches the fretboard on the FrankenStrat on which it's mounted.
I have already had the onboard GK-2 pickup apart while when I had to go under the scratchplate to fix a manufacturing issue where inadequate wood clearance prevented the GK from being lowered (Grrr!). From that inspection, it looks like I could try removing the white plastic cover to expose the mini-humbuckers (like on the GK-3) and get them closer to the strings. Also, the circuit board on which the pickups are mounted is flexible and mounted on a curved backing plate, so I could try fabricating a flatter backing plate. I reckon these modifications should be reversible - any comments or suggestions?
Thanks in anticipation,