Well, first things first. I got this guitar from my uncle who came across it at a yard sale. Knowing I'm an "Ibby" guy and it was fairly cheap ($20?), he scooped it up for me. I've done a bit of Google research & read a few Jemsiter opinions of these early RG's, but I know these opinions & values vary widely between models, years, condition, et cetera. Moreso than simply asking for your dollar-for-dollar value/resale opinions...I'm more interested in the "worth" of investing needed parts versus the "generally expected" overall playability, rarity, model hierarchy, and basically considering that I've never had the chance to actually play one...is this an opportunity to end up with a killer; often overlooked guitar, or is it closer to a money pit to, at best...end up with a polished Squier/Gio level guitar?
Although I've done it many times in the past, I'm not interested in refinishing the body or anything drastically cosmetic. This includes re-fretting & so forth...though the frets are in decent shape & I'm definitely comfortable with a level/crown. While I would obviously want to get it as original as possible...there are certain parts that I know this guitar requires that I'm unsure as to how passionate I'll want to be when it comes to sourcing them out. I'll elaborate a bit.
First & foremost is the OE Edge. The mounting studs were included with the guitar, & I have a bunch of spare claws, springs, screws, and whatnot. All I would require is the Edge unit itself (Black in 86, or chrome?), and the tremolo arm which is rarely included in internet-type transactions. The locking nut was not included either, but sourcing a Gotoh or similar nut assembly is not a big deal to me. Actually, after I posted this thread....I checked my parts box & had forgotten that I DO have the original locknut itself, just missing the 3 pads and 1 mounting screw. I'm not sure if the nut should be 42 or 43, so in the event I have a hard time sourcing a new one, I could always just purchase a new set of pads & screws.
Speaking of the aforementioned "certain" parts...the friggin neck plate is missing! More of a pita than anything else, & the fact that it'll never sport the original serial number...which is a bummer from a "collector/value" perspective. I did find a few neck plates on the bay from 80's Roadstars, which are the same MIJ plate with the exception of the accurate serial number. In the meantime, any standard neck plate will suffice. Lastly are those awesome "V-Shaped" strap mounts that came on these & other 80's Ibbys. As some of you may know from experience, these come up for sale & laughable prices considering what they are. Again...Strat strap mounts or a Cliplock will suffice for the time being.
I DO have both rear cavity covers, original pots, pup ring (original is black - chrome pictured is a different one), jack & jack mount, & tuner keys. The pup included was a mid-80's Seymour Duncan Full Shred, wound by whoever the "Abigail Ybarra" of the Duncan shop was at the moment; as the name escapes me while I type this. While I was super excited about this, I wired it into another guitar and while It's not reading an open-circuit, the output is barely audible. Either I screwed up, or the PUP is shot. I've wired pups dozens of times, but then again...I have'nt had a chance to investigate & double-check my work. FWIW, the original Roadstar pickup isn't super important to me; and could always be scooped in the future.
So...I apologize for the full background report, but I always try to be as descriptive as possible if I'm to expect an accurate reply from the various experts & Jemsiters to whom I'm inquiring.
I did the best I could to capture any & all issues. There is a typical neck-joint crack in the body, but I'm not worried as it appears to be paint-deep. Compared to the other Ibbys I've owned & experienced, the miniscule hairline cracks at the locknut mount are actually relatively small, and well within CA clue repair range. I really wish the logo wasn't so damaged, and while I have experience printing & installing waterslide decals...I'd be afraid it would do more harm than good as far as future value is concerned. FWIW It appears to have been originally laid on top of the final finish, as opposed to being under the clearcoat.
So, considering everything thus far....if It was your guitar; what would you do? I'm asking everyone from the few Roadstar RG hardcoare fans that dwell here, all the way to someone who has nothing more than a technical/value standpoint. Obviously including all those who can contribute opinions they've formed from personally owning/playing these types of guitars in the past.
Thank you all for reading all of this, & for any insight you may provide! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, or whatever holiday floats your boat!!
*Pics in the next post*
EDIT - Off topic, but I thought it would be helpful to include a link to a few builds I posted here a few years ago in order to help you guys gauge my abilities & whatnot, as it relates to the effort required to correctly complete said project. Enjoy. (Jem Clone, Evil Fabric RG, & DY Resto projects inside link) - http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f21/a-...dy-131111.html