Due to a few months of fortunate online shopping, I find myself with an assortment of Roland "13-pin" guitar gear. Two years ago, I'd bought a nice Switch Music guitar with factory GK hex pickup, & figured I should actually try
some of the stuff.
However, the Switch keeps gaining in value, so I've grown a little leery of taking it outside the house. As I'd obtained a top-mount GK pickup in a deal, I went out looking for a guitar I could bolt it to without feeling too guilty about drilling three (small) holes.
My first thought, of course, was a used Lyon or Oscar Schmidt Idol -- generally decent guitars, & often gathering dust, so there have been deals.
A Guitar Center had a BT-2 mis-listed as an Idol, so I went back through the sites to check out BTs. To my surprise, a Music-Go-Round had a BT-3 listed at a mere $40, plus $40 s/h. It was basic black, but what the heck: it's intended mostly to drive a synth, right?
Aside from a couple of dings (back of neck, edge of fretboard) & no trussrod cover & two missing screws, it's practically perfect. Sure, it needs to have the nut slots cut a little, the trussrod could use a quarter-turn, the slugs are all neatly lined up rather than intonated... in other words, typical for nowadays.
Firstly, it's difficult to go wrong with
(1) spending less than $100
(2) on a Washburn electric
(3) that has Grover tuners.
(In fact, the entire BT series has Grovers.)
I can't find the thread, but somewhere around here I list all the triple-single Washburn electrics that've ever been released -- which is like 18 models, some of them quite rare. The BT-3 is one, & now sits next to another, my X-33.
I haven't yet given the pickups a thorough workout, so I won't comment on tone. Looking at 'em, though, I note an oddity. With Fender-type singles, it seems there's generally two choices for polepiece height: all the same, or "stagger." For some reason, lately all the staggers I've seen are in pairs, which seemed somewhat lazy. So, I enjoyed seeing that the BT-3 has all its polepieces nicely matched to the height of the string.
All in all, a nice solid basic guitar that competes very well with my Squier (Vintage Modified) Strat that cost me $165. The BT just feels more... dunno, compact
, solid. And I'm a long-time fan of Grovers; many years of finding them reliable & responsive.
However, now I'm reluctant to drill holes in it.
More later. Any love out there for the Mavericks?