I'm been after one of these FOREVER and I finally got one. This makes my collection "complete", but everyone knows how that goes. Anyway, this one is an '88. Found it on Craigslist near Cleveland. Seller was only interested in selling local, so that meant that the old company car got called into action for a 750 mile round trip. Thanks, work!
Thirteen hours later, I was back home with the new axe.
Other than the one chip you can see on the upper horn, the body on this thing is immaculate. Not even any buckle rash on the back. No fading at all on this thing. The paint was totally uniform under the pickguard and truss rod covers with the surrounding exposed parts. There's a little yellowing of the clear, but again it is totally uniform on all surfaces and seems to be a natural aging of the finish rather than any sort of UV effect. The color of the guitar is a perfect match for the pickups. I'm the third owner of the guitar. The guy I bought it from had it for around ten years but said that he rarely played it because he's in a metal band and a pink guitar didn't work too well with their image.
Trem has a little bit of wear and bubbling, but overall is in great shape. The fretboard actually looked better before I worked on it. I cleaned it up but then stupidly used tung oil to reseal it. It turned all the spots where the clear was worn through much darker. Oh well, looks like a future project on this thing will be a fretboard restore. I believe that the guitar was refretted at some point because the frets are basically new, which doesn't jive with a worn fretboard.
Photographing this thing is almost impossible! Enjoy the pics!