Just a thought. Like you, I want to make my second hand Ibanez look new, but it turned out that Ibanez (in case of their anniversary edition Jem), or other manufacturers like Fender and ESP, are currently selling new guitars that look old. haha. ironic isn't it?
Well, if you look at it plainly for what it is, I agree with you. I felt the same way when I was in high school and ripped jeans became all the rage - I couldnt understand why my friends were buying dirty and ripped clothes for more money than a nicely pressed pair :-).
But - it comes down to style and personality.
A Jem 777SK, DY or LNG was not intended to look like an abused guitar. To me, it was intended to look like a shockingly beautiful woman, vibrant color, clean and perfect skin (fretboard) - when you look at it, it should make you say WOW!
Seeing my SK and DY with their dirtied fretboard makes me feel that these are women who were neglected. I think certain guitars look better with "damage" and others look better as close to pristine as possible.
The Original Jem777, to me, looks best clean.
EVO - looks so much better to me all beat to sh*t then the regular white models do. I dont put a guitar like EVO in the same catagory as a production guitar from 25 years ago that is gaining in value in "collector" markets. All guitars are not created equally - and thus, must be compared as apples to apples.
If you want to compare EVO to the Jimmy Page #2 Les Paul signed and aged limited - that's probably better.
What Ibanez did with EVO was actually something I commend them for. They didnt just make some *****y copy not true to Steve's guitar - they made a true replica - tape, marks, handwriting, pick holder, strap all as exact as can be done without being the actual EVO. I've owned many Les Paul limited historics and artitst guitars and do not really think that they are as true to their "inspiration" guitar as EVO is.