Hello all. I was recently in a band with a fellow that had a Roadstar II bass and guitar. He was looking to unload the guitar, and when I told him I really loved old 70s and early 80s Ibanezes, I think he was slightly surprised, but since he's a bass player decided I should have it. I was very grateful as I've always thought the Roadstar series was great.
Loving the guitar so far...great feeling neck and all, except it does need a bit of fretwork done in the upper registers, but otherwise I really like the way it plays. Only problem is, I was trying to ID the model and I've found no consistency using the Ibanezcollectors.com chart. What I think has happened is that someone has gotten into this guitar good and proper and as a result may be no way of ever telling its origin, but I love sleuthing such things, and thought you guys might enjoy it too!
So, the relevant info that I'd state about the guitar is:
- Serial # J851424. From what I've read that means a 1985 model.
- 3 Pickups. H-S-H. No way to identify the buckers, but the single is a blade style pickup, but it's white. Looks like what the Ibanez called the V7?
- Black body with pick guard, NO top binding and matching headstock
- 3 way switch instead of 5.
- 1 volume, 1 tone.
- Maple fingerboard
Can't really find matching specs for that, and one strange thing is that it has 4 holes drilled into the pickguard starting right at the 3 way toggle moving upwards (towards headstock). Here's where it gets even weirder. What I can see through these holes, it's holllow. Seems like a weird place to have a cavity. Even if you had swimming pool routing for the pickups, I wouldn't think you'd have that much hollow space that far up.
So what do you Ibanez nerds think? I'm loving the David Gilmour vibe of black on black with maple! One thing, and I'll spend more time with it before deciding, is that I haven't been blown away by the pickups, esp. at the bridge. I've played a couple of gigs with it and quite a bit around the house though, and they just don't have as much cut and bite as I'd like. I'm kinda surprised, because everywhere I read I'm reading that these old Ibanezes had stellar pickups and that even EVH used one. That said, other than the blade, I have no idea if the buckers are stock or not. Any recommendations? I usually play more singer/songwriter style Americana accompaniment, but this guitar will probably mostly be used for me to get a little heavier with and pretend I'm in Thin Lizzy/Van Halen/UFO/Rainbow/Budgie/Rush
I mean..I love my tele twang but sometimes you gotta rock it out.
Wish I could post a pic but since this is my first thread it gave me a big fat NO SIR! If there's some other way to get you guys to see the pic, I can do that, just let me know.