Re: 1986 RG530 Roadster II
I'll certainly try it before messing with it too much. I've never been able to stand a painted neck so far though, even when matted with steel wool or sandpaper. If it was worth more than it is I wouldn't touch it but if I find it needs some tweaking to make it more enjoyable to play I'm not really afraid to mess with it at this price point. I'm figuring on taking the back of the neck down to bare maple and tung oiling it if need be, but I intend to carefully sand the line into the headstock so the paint on both front and back of the headstock stays intact. My big concern is the pickups. I haven't found a stock Ibanez pickup I really like yet but I'm hoping these may surprise me. Unfortunately everything I read about the pickups say they are nothing special, like most other IBZ pups. Still, if I do end up swapping the pups I may attempt to swap the covers over to keep the original appearance.
I'll hold off any plans for it until I have it in hand and play it for a few weeks.