Alright, here’s the deal. The rails will have to go. After our 2-week optimization bout, I realized that the steel rails are eating up some high frequencies (above 15kHz) causing a slight droop in the frequency response. The rails increase the overall inductance, which lowers the resonant frequency. It could have been easy to have a mild HF boost, but the baseline I am comparing it to, the original XR pickup: the golden standard, does not have any such droop. I will not compromise for anything less with XR-Spectra.
So, without the rails, what can I do? A bare, boring cover, like EMGs? Or how about LED backlit acrylic rails?
Tell me your thoughts. Of course, this is only available with the active configuration and or course, it can be switched off, or dimmed if needed. LEDs consume quite a bit of power from the batteries, so there’s that. But port-powered systems, such as the Nexus, should not have this problem. And hey, rechargeable batteries come in handy.