Trying to find your sound is easier with flexibility, we feel the easier a change is the more likely you are to try it.
Why not try more pickup locations and fore/aft angles easily without routing a body, all in pursuit of your sound and pickup blend. Want to try a Hendrix reverse bridge pickup or a Steve Morse HSSH? Easy.
Fast change out gives you quicker feedback, without forgetting what you felt about the last mod.
Steinberger, Teuffel “Bird and Fish”, Vox headless “Starstream “, Strandberg, Glitter, Rick Toone, Erlewine, Moss, Klien, David King, Murray Kuun, Norton, Xavier Padilla, Status “Streamline”, Westone “the rail”, Lap Axe , etc. etc.
Plays better. All guitar structures are excited by string vibration. The mass and structure of the head, tuners, (string locks) etc. cantilevered at a distance from the body contribute to dead notes on the neck. Helmut Fleischer (’99) showed how even different shaped headstocks (Les Paul and Strat) effected the vibrational modes of the neck.
Better balance. Tuning keys and headstock are big contributors to neck dive.
Better midi pitch detection. Less wolf and sheep tones along neck mean better midi note detection.
Although available necks could stand some improvements, the Strt neck accessory market provides loads of reasonably priced options to customize from. Scale lengths, wood types, number of layers, back shapes, fretboard wood/scalloping, truss rod types, fret sizes/type, inlays, etc. etc. More options to fit your hands, feel, and sound.
A 7-string model would have a different story, no standardized heel.
All the body vibs you feel on your belly and the vibs your clip-on-tuner feel, get back to the strings through the bridge and nut. Good luck not having any effects when you are exciting the string endpoints. Easier to hear body affects on electric resonator guitars and hollow bodied electric guitars. Also check out the sustainers mounted to the saddles ala. Keith McMillen. Vibrating saddles effect the string.
The pickup module works in parallel with the body moving vibs between neck to bridge. Also, a wood module would dampen some of those frequencies and accent others.
The module delivers body vibs to the direct mounted pickup. The pickup relative motion to the string is then part of your sound.
Type of wood; alder, swamp ash, spruce, etc. All effect which frequencies get damped.
Structural design changes in the modules shape change the amplitude and frequencies delivered, like soundboard construction on acoustic guitars. Structural design especially effects pickup motion and additional piezo’s sound frequencies.
The pickup module, a simple internal part, is open sourced to encourage diy modules. We’ll encourage sharing of customer created designs and sales on our site.