The NF3 arrived.
Changed the strings to 9's, made a few fine tweaks (adjusted the springs, lowered the action, reset the intonation) and it stays in tune excellently!
Happy boy here.
Overall impressions of the guitar are LOVE!
The frets are a tad higher than I'm used to which adds a bit more resistance to doing slurs, but bends are handled with ease.
The pickups are FANTASTIC!
Great tone and balance.
Volume and pickup selector are in a bit of an odd place.
Volume is almost directly under the tremolo arm and the pickup selector takes a bit of reaching around the tremolo arm to get to compared to a traditional strat placement.
I may look into getting a replacement pick guard made with the controls in the more traditional placements if I can't get used to them the way they are.
Overall, I really love the guitar.
The neck shape is just so comfortable.
The Korina wood is light.
great guitar to stand and play.
Later that night;
Took the guitar to rehearsal.
Tones were delicious at full volume (Loud Band! Check out www.petsharkband.com) and the NF pickups cut through the mix with ease while still delivering just the right amount of fatness and excellent sustain.
Finally seem to be settling in to the odd pickup selector placement.
Still might change the pick guard in order to adjust the placement of the volume knob and pickup selector to a more traditional strat placement.
Bottom line, it's a great guitar that I'm proud to own.
Love the bird inlays on the maple fretboard!