So, I figured I'd do a proper NGD thread now that I have received the guitar and done a proper set up. The guitar had a very weird string set. It looked like the 1st, 3nd and 3rd belonged to a .10 set, and the rest from a .09 set. So I took those out, removed the neck as well to make sure that the guitar was all Ibanez, which it is. Both the body and neck have the original stamps on them, though a bit faded. I'm not entirely sure if the fingerboard is original. It looks like it, but it might have received new frets, cause they are in nearly perfect condition. Might need a fret level later on. Also, I thought it was a bit weird that the truss-rod wasn't adjustable with an allen wrench? Not sure if that's part of the guitar being 1988. Anyway, I thought the truss rod was already good, but the angle of the neck was a bit weird, so I put a shim on it, added .09s on it, adjusted the springs and now it plays fantastic. Best guitar I've played so far, without a doubt. Really loved the ultra neck. The bridge cavity is a bit shallow though, might bring it to a luthier later on to get it recessed properly for the ultra high pull ups
The pickups are also really good, especially the neck and middle positions. The bridge pickup is good, but it doesn't give me the same harmonics and clarity that the Fred does, which is a bit of a downer. Since the guitar has been modded already though, I think I might plug a Fred on it later on
All that said, I'm thinking of where to go with this guitar. I could leave it like it is right now, and just enjoy the hell of it, or I might try and restore it to its original glory. That would mean sending the body to a luthier to sand, fill the third knob hole, ajust the trem cavity to my liking and refinish it on the same color. Maybe to the same for the headstock. Afterwards I would probably enjoy the hell out of it
I'm not the type of guy that buys a guitar to let it sitting in a case
But I do like my guitars to look mostly new.
Anyway, here's a couple of pics before the setup:
Also, here's a whole gallery of me working on it: Click for more
I'll take more pictures of it finished today/tomorrow