History? Joe wanted chrome. They bent over backwards to make him a couple that would stay together. He was on Headbangers Ball with his new Chromeboy and the interviewer ask him about it, and Joe looked at the camera and said "and you can have one too. Just go down to your nearest Ibanez dealer and order it". Ibanez had never planned on releasing it because of all the problems just getting a few done. All of a sudden they had to gear it up and get serious about getting the process worked out for a full production. They had HUSA, LA, and Fujigen all trying to get it sorted out. They'd make a batch, which several would survive, and then a few days later the chrome would start to peel. Repeat over and over again, they were using about anything they could get their hands on, there's at least one Radius bodied chrome [JS2 neck] [there's at least one R body Donnie proto also]. They went as far as putting it in the catalog, pricing it, but they just couldn't work the problems out of the process and it was finally abandoned. Lots of deposits had to be returned by dealers.
All 3 seem to have been trying different techniques. I know of one that was from LA that is copper based, the copper showing through where the chrome has worn off in the picking area. I know at least one of Joe's was HUSA, but I don't know which one. The MIJ ones were right on the clear sealer [or mine is], or something. I have no idea what was conducting electricity. Mine was one of the catalog models, there's a close up in a Profile catalog with the very distinctive flaw on the upper horn very visible. It was flown to Australia for their Music Fair 1990, 1 of 2. This one made it out to a dealer for display after the Fair and it got bought quick by somebody with an in there [the original owner I bought it from]. The other was used in a surf movie, supposedly returned a little less for wear.
The US ones that stayed together were mostly assembled with JS1 necks as gifts, Joe's old manager has one, as well as a few others from his circle I won't name. A couple from LA were assembled and stamped on the back of the head and taken out and sold by the reps, I know a southern dealer that had at least one of them, supposedly Ibanez found out and put an end to it. Brian May has the one from LA stamped #1.
Mine, I hate even opening the case. I have no idea how to care for it, it's shrinking, develops wrinkles in the bouts, then smoothes out depending on the weather. A bubble grew on the back of it after I had it a few years and I dread the day I pull it out and find it has burst [even though oddly it feels hard as rock].
IMO only the ones the were intended to be built as a 2's with the chrome headstock face can truly be considered 2's. All the ones thrown together later with JS1 necks would have to be classified a different class. BTW they reused all the marked JS2 necks on JS1 production and not uncommon to pull a 90' JS1 neck and have it stamped with a 1 over the 2. I call them 1/2 necks [get it?]
That kind of history?