That UV was stellar but the condition was horrible. I'm surprised JP paid that for it. I seriously doubt that checking had anything to do with the swirl and everything to do with the clear and conditions of ownership.
It was stellar indeed. I remember you also like the PMC very much and we were close to doing a trade for it (at the time I thought I was going to visit NY, but finally posponed that). You probably remember that guitar.
Back to the UV, the checking was a shame. But, to be fair, the only part where the clear had checking was where you rest your chest, in the back. In the rest of the of the clearcoat was fine. Still it was a shame.
I think that guitar was cared on loved by the prevous owner, but climate condicionts or his pa reacted badly with the clearcoat.. It had only chip (about 1cm, that was repaired because the previous owner kept the the bit that peeled off). Other tan the checking in that part in the back, there were no other chips, dings or nicks, the hardware and frets were in very good condition. It was weird and a shame.
I though of keeping it and having the clearcoat repaired. A local paintshop had completely restored an MKR that was painted black. They did an amazing job (and they did amazing swirls as well. It´s the same job that did the "perfect radius" with reflective paint I posted here, the shark "UCGR" and the Donnie replica.
A sample of the Jobs they do (a swirled RG 570):
The UV, very pretty indeed:
With favourable light the chegking in the countour for the chest didnt looked that bad. But the checking was severe and with unfavorable light, it was ugly.
But I couldnt bring my self to re do the original clear coat. In fact, I didnt really bought ir for me, otherwise I might have. I remember was living in mexico at the time, and the guitar was for sale in Argentina. JP initially contacted me about getting it for him. Talk about a logistical nightmare! I think I brought back the guitar to Mexico with me, and the guitar traveled to France from there.
The PMC shipped from Argentina. Also very pretty
I had my fair share of beautifull swirls, and had the pleassure of owning at least one of each of the original ones (91/93). I even liked the MKRs I had. I still love them, but the pricing in ATD swirls makes them hard to keep if you are not a true collector.
I would love a UV77MCRE or a DNA, but there are non in argentina, and it there were any, I doubt I ll be cashing out that kind of money for them. Those guitars in argentina are probably going to go for 10k, and I dont intend to part away with that kind of money.
I currently own more than 40 guitars, and in a good week, I play about 1 or 2 hours....