The steel support rods make it sound way too bright. I also dont like the 22 frets. Otherwise its made very well. When I ordered it they didnt have the 20 fret option or the graphite support rod option.
If its a maple fretboard and its not a finished neck it will sound super brite especially if its hard rock maple(most were made of this but not sure of yours)I have an ALL-PARTS maple on maple neck thats unfinished and it too is SUPER brite.
As far as the "steel rods" causing a overly brite tone I'm not so sure of,it should only have ONE steel rod and thats the trus-rod,there are dual trus-rod necks out there but they were usually on Rickenbacker's,I dont think Fender or thier lic part makers EVER had dual trus-rods,they do how-ever have graphite re-inforced necks which are wooden dowls wrapped in a graphite(how Its done I dont know)to allow for neck relief(or lack of) up and down the whole fretboard evenly.
So the culprit may be the un-finished aspect of the neck,its a possibility.
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