A couple of weeks ago, this auction came up:
Forgot 'bay links don't work. Item number: 260109165823
As you can see... RG3120 with natural finish. It looks pretty nice from the pictures... like... an RG3120 IN NATURAL FINISH. So, I decided to buy it.
Well, it arrived yesterday and, when I opened the case... it was nice. It played well and sounded great, but it looked a little...rough. Not terrible, just a little raw. I figured it was just the natural finish.
So, I brought it to work with me (guitar teacher) and the owner of the place where I teach was looking at it and said, "Nice guitar, what was on it before?" and I was like, "What? It's natural," and he was like, "No, look there's BLUE in the wood," and then he pointed to the side of the pickup cavity and, sure enough, there was blue paint inside as well as a few other places. There were also scratches in various places on the front and back.
At this point, he concluded that the guitar had originally been blue (TW, maybe?) and had been sanded down. To be sure, though, he got on the phone with an Ibanez rep (they're an Ibanez dealer) and they looked up the serial number and determined that this guitar was, in fact, originally blue.
So, I called the guy I bought it from (had talked on the phone before the auction ended) and explained the situation. He acted very surprised and said he had bought it that way from another source. I told him that I'd keep it if he wanted to reduce the price or he could take it back and refund my money. He agreed to refund my money back, thankfully.