Re: Anyone (Rich? =]) want to comment?
Necro-resurrection post here...
BUT I believe this to be a worthy update on this fixer-upper prize.
I've owned this guitar for these several years since originally posting this thread... in that time, I replaced the Edge with a gently used specimen from LGM, got a NOS pickguard (with the newer volume placement that I prefer), NOS yellow knobs and pink switch tip (most of this from Rich =]), and there's another thread around here displaying my handrest construction starting from this project.
As it happens, 14 months later, I was alerted by wemedge of a handrest being sold by a relatively local store, a different one altogether from where I purchased the LNG. I went down, and bought it (for pretty cheap, really), though it was itself a trainwreck (finish kacked, broken spring, screw heads messed up) - but I was comfortable enough with them to affect repairs.
Anyway, about 3 weeks ago, in an awesome happenstance of timing, I got to talk directly with the previous owner of this LNG.
He gave me the scoop on the history, and what portion of the wear and tear came from him, and how much from the original owner.
I'd be curious to get Rich's take on this, to see if he's seen/heard of anything like this previously.
To abbreviate it:
This was an Ibanez employee guitar, one of approximately 12 pieces made outside of the 777-piece run (so it never did have a number/signature), and that previous employee wound up working at the chain I got it from, in a different province's branch.
He became part of a sort of network of employees who did some trading and selling of their personal instruments. This LNG and a blue Floral came to the previous owner at the same time, and both had the same group of changes mentioned (the kill switch in place of the tone knob, and the larger frets) - those changes were apparently made at the LA custom shop.
Some unfortunate circumstances forced the previous owner to have to give up those instruments (along with some others) even though he was quite fond of it - so it came to be in posession of the store chain, its first time being sold through a store.
He send me some scanned photos of it along with some of his other instruments at the time, and I can easily identify it from those, no question.
He kept the handrest deliberately, attaching it to another Ibanez (I believe he told me it was one of the American Masters that he had)...
But, it seems circumstances continued to force him to reduce his collection, and he wound up taking that instrument to a different store than the LNG.
Apparently the store took special interest in the handrest on it (even though it was used/abused), and parted it from the guitar before selling it.
... and, amazingly, that's the VERY SAME ONE that I bought and put back onto it some years back... I'd always had a thought that, although in very different areas of this region of the province, maybe it might have been the one... it was notable because it's one of the earliest versions, the flat-top type...
And sure enough, it's in the pictures he scanned and sent to me.
... and we compared notes and he confirmed that the spring had been busted on it and it was dinged up, hence his willingness to leave it on the instrument he traded/sold to that store.
He was saddened to have had to give that instrument up at the time, but was glad to know that it hadn't gone too far from him... and hadn't been parted out or anything of that sort (one of his worries).
I sent him a picture of it with the changes/'restoration' work I've done to it... he was quite happy about that.
Anyway, that's the story.
Rich, feel free to comment, I'd be curious to know of any other similar things.
This all being the case, this LNG's history is quite interesting in its own way, and freakishly coincidental with the handrest aspect of it.