The neck radius of most Crafter Guitars is 400 millimeters (15 ¾ inches). Our Classical Guitars have a flat neck radius.
Crafter SA and SAT models are supplied from the factory with electric strings which are used because the magnetic pickup responds the best to this type of string. Acoustic strings will not work properly with the magnetic pickup. Electric strings are not optimised for the acoustic under saddle pickup but the difference between the response to these and acoustic strings is negligible.
The gauges of the strings fitted at the factory are .011 to .049 and small changes to these gauges should not affect the intonation. However, if you use a set with a wound third string the intonation will almost certainly be out and you will need to change the bridge saddle. A suitable replacement is supplied with the guitar.
An instruction manual for Crafter guitars, which includes general instructions for Crafter preamps, is shipped with all new Crafter guitars.
You can find a PDF copy on this website on the Downloads page.
There are preamp manuals that can also be found on the Crafter Guitars International website here.
The differences between the SA and the SAT relates to the pickup and electronics. These are:
SA Pickups – LR Baggs Element undersaddle acoustic pickup plus a lipstick style single coil.
SAT Pickups – LR Baggs Element undersaddle acoustic pickup plus a Kent Armstrong P90 style humbucker.
The SA features a preamplifier fitted to the top bout of the guitar with controls for bass, mid, treble, volume and a blend control. The outputs of the pickups are mixed and blended together after which the volume and tone of the blended sound is processed and sent to a single mono jack output.
The SAT has rotary volume and active tone control for each pickup and the outputs are sent to a stereo output jack so that each pickup can be routed to its own amplifier. If a standard mono jack cable is used the outputs of the two pickups are mixed and the mix (or blending) can be controlled with the volume controls of the two pickups.
If you’re finding that the sound of your guitar isn’t as bright or loud as it once was then you may need to replace your strings. If you are unsure how to do this, have a look at your Crafter guitar manual that came with your guitar. If you are missing this, you can obtain the PDF instructions from our downloads page.