I have that guitar, but in red pseudo-burst. A couple things...
1) My 87 has a lighter basswood than any 88 or 89 I've played. *In the case of my 87 & 88, almost a half pound lighter (4.1 lbs for the 87 w/ electronics). *Seems more resonant, too, but that could just be this piece.
2) The lower bout isn't routed as deep, so the high fret access isn't as good as on the 88 & later Radiuses. *Also, the neck sits 1/8" higher in the neck pocket, further diminishing access & comfort (pups & trem sit higher to match the neck, even though those routs are as deep as the 8
. *It's also not quite as round toward the edge. *My 88 is a constant curve as it thins to the outer edge. *The 87 is flat, then has a decided "knee" where it tapers to the edge. *This might be just for the ease of applying that burst, I dunno.
3) Big agreement on the "ultra" neck profile. *It ranks up there with Warmoth & Carvin as one of my fave necks.
4) These are great deals. *My favorite stock axes. *People are paying $400-500 for JS100s and letting these slide. *...silly people...
Keep your chin up, mate! *These come around on eBay fairly often. *I've gotten 3 of them in the past few months (almost 4 - I was looking pretty hard at this one and I still HAVE two...) *As a stock axe, I'd get an 88 or 89 for the better access, so maybe this was a blessing in disguise.