Advice for an old "noobie" - Ibanez Blazer Series Custom Made
I have had an Ibanez Blazer Series Custom Made (strat "copy") ever since I bought it in a second-hand dealers on Notting Hill Gate in 1989 (£75 I think). I always reckoned it was the most playable guitar I have ever set hands on, and it is only on discovering these (and other Ibanez) forums that I realise I am not alone in this view. So last week I gave it its first clean up in 20 years...:-0
Problem is, its previous owner had trashed it around a bit and there is a thin crack in the paintwork running south of the bridge about 4 inches. The wood may be cracked as well, but not for the full length of the crack. This has no effect on its performance.
Question is, should I leave as is, for the "roadworn" look, or have the body restored? If the latter, what is the best way to remove the existing paint, and what should I replace it with? If the wood underneath is attractive I would consider the natural look.
Also, is removing the neck advisable, or a pro-only job?
Thanks for your advice,