Re: new to NS a few questions.. impressions
I would love to see pictures of your NS!
Gary would be a great resource on how the NS is set up when leaving SE.
Did the previous owner make any adjustments? I suspect most players don't make any changes because they are not comfortable doing it.... which means the instrument is still the same set up from the factory... which is a good thing because SE does an amazing set up.
If anything is out of whack it will be the neck and just needs a truss adjustment.
Do the strait edge trick using the melody edge side string. (Hold it at first fret with left hand and hold down 15th or 17th fret area with the right hand pinky. Reach out with right hand index finger towards the middle and press down on string to see how much relief there is.) For me there is just a tiny amount of relief. I then play a little and adjust by feel and listen for buzzes.
I would start from there and play it a bit. It's mostly your playing style that will have to adjust rather than making changes to the instrument. If after a while you can't get your playing to work then make small adjustments. But start with the optimized neck.
I play my NS in more of a vertical position than Gary Jibilian or Don Schiff. When sitting I have the body between my legs. Gary and Don have it more horizontal. My opinion is that it should be in a position that you are comfortable with but also hangs in a way that is the same when sitting or standing.
The SB8 is a "Stick" version of the NS... Has a 36" scale length and has the options of pickups. I've never played an SB8 but I'd like to try it some time. The video of Don playing it has that iconic Stick tone to it. http://stick.com/instruments/sb8/
Not a lot of people playing these... I can only find about 5 videos on youtube.
I, personally, like the modern sound of the active EMG pickups but I sometimes wonder what it would be like with more of that passive "stick" pickup sound.
Looking forward to hearing what you do with your NS/Stick!