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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-26-2009, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Advice for an old "noobie" - Ibanez Blazer Series Custom Made

Hi all,

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,

Colin
Bordeaux, France
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Re: Advice for an old "noobie" - Ibanez Blazer Series Custom Made

close-up of the damage...
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Re: Advice for an old "noobie" - Ibanez Blazer Series Custom Made

Nice guitar. Really like the colour of that one. Stripping guitar paint is not something I'd like to attempt. I've spoken to guys before who do it professionally and they have said it can be a real pain especially sanding it by hand/sander tool. I'm sure trying to get the paint sanded off from the upper and lower horns as well as the cavities would be a nightmare. Having said that with time and patience it could been done. You also have the option of using a heat gun as well I suppose. Here's a couple of links which may be of some user to you:

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/burn.htm

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/sand.htm
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-27-2010, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Advice for an old "noobie" - Ibanez Blazer Series Custom Made

well, here are some "after" photos (cleaned up all the brass, new strings, filled crack and painted/varnished over damaged area).

I think it looks good now...

(how come these photos aren't visible like the ones above??)
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Re: Advice for an old "noobie" - Ibanez Blazer Series Custom Made

Very nice cleaning job!

A friend of mine had one of those back in the 80s. Great player.
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