1991 RG760 to restore it, or not to?
been reading this fine forum for a while, searching for information about an old RG I've. According to the s/n it's an 1991 RG760. And looking at the Ibanez catalogue from that year I believe that to be correct.
So, a little history, I've had this guitar for close to 10 years now, I bought it from my brother back in the day when their band disbanded and I knew it was a good piece so I wanted to keep it in the family. My brother had bought it about 2-3 years prior to this. But my brother let a family friend repaint the body (tell me about it.. but he was 17 at the time, for his defense) and it's hideous. The original paint had some pretty rough road wear, some cracks and dings but nothing major. I liked it as it was. Now it's a spray painted abomination which is more blue than purple that it's supposed to be. The headstock is still in original color though. When my brother bought it, someone had set it up with EMG pickups and circuitry, and drilled a hole to the body for the extra knob (I hate these knobs as well). The bridge pickup is an 81, as I looked under it, the others only had an "IB" sticker underneath. Any ideas what these are? The rest of the hardware is stock, so cosmo black edge tremolo and so on. The knife edges in the tremolo are in good condition. The frets have some wear but I think they are original. All in all, in playable condition and stays in tune, the major downside are the looks.
However, even after I had it set up at a local luthier (who should be ok) the sustain of the guitar was unimpressive, ringing notes tended to dim out surprisingly quickly, at least when comparing to the other guitars I've (a Les Paul, PGM and a Tele), so I've been contemplating on changing the pick-ups to something a bit more versatile. Nowadays I like to play music that's doable with without so much training, as I've too much grown-up chores on my hands. I consider the RG as the swiss army knife of the guitar world so something to suit that idea.
Currently I've it dismantled it and since the paint job is already ruined I gave it to a friend who owns a company specialized in advertising tapes who's gonna tape the top of the guitar with a pattern I made for him. Perhaps then I can stand looking at it. It's a small, inexpensive and very reversible experiment and I should have it back in it's new form by the end of the week.
Re-painting it back to stock color would set me back about 350€.
Pictures of the guitar in from my Onedrive link since i cannot insert a link before I've 10 posts. Remove the spaces after the : and you're good. https: //1drv.ms/i/s!AlIsCVXNnWpUhQ0Ddhx8cHaPmldW
So, if this was your guitar what would you do with it? Does it make any sense to spend basically it's value on it to bring it back to it's former glory? And if I did, what'd its value be if it had been repainted, modded, then restored and so on?
Thanks for the tips