Inexperienced player and an old s1520 - road to pain or pleasure?
Short introduction: I've been playing for about 3 years now, more or less reguraly. I think I've developed musically and technically, but I still consider myself a guitar newbie. My current guitar is an ART-120, which is my 3rd axe already (previous ones were so cheap they aren't worth mentioning). I've had contact with some much more pricier instruments, including FR, RG and S prestige. The last one was something miraculous. I knew I wouldn't be able to afford it anytime soon (costing 6x my guitar), but nevertheless I fell in love with it.
I bought this LesPaul-ish instrument from a friend, because of good condition and neat price. Its active pickups have proven to sound acceptable on quite bad amps and modelers, and I am generally quite happy with it. However, as I improved, I kept looking for the possibility to own an S.
That's how I found a guy selling a beauty, s1520 Prestige FB NT (flamed bubinga top), which I dated on 2001. It still has good 'ole Lo Pro and ceramic Quantum Pickups. And the price is amazing. I am going to meet the guy tomorrow and, if everything goes well, probably come back with it. However, I've been reading a lot about Edge bridges, and, simply put, I am afraid. I am an engineering student, so I can cope with electronical problems, but woodwork is something that's miraculously elusive for me.
I've made a list of things I want to check, such as all knobs and switches, tuners, bridge pitch return when whamming, socket, fret wear, any signs of cracks, bad screws, worn springs or blades, probably a few more. I'd be glad if you could say what else I should particularly look at considering the age of it. It was stored in an original case, which is quite comforting, since it should keep proper humidity, and the owner states it's in perfect condition, tuned and all set up.
And here goes the main question: will such a guitar (quite old, with the floating trem) won't be too much for a newbie like me? I figure I can get it to a luthier to take good care of it, but all stuff regarding tuning seems awfully complicated, and the guitar itself is a lot more sophisticated than a simple hardtail. I am not sure if the next owner of that instrument shouldn't be someone that can really handle it better.
Oh, and I figured out that I might state what I would go for, if I decide not to buy it: it would be either Iron Label SIR70FD (S, full mahogany, fixed bridge), or the new Paul Gilbert's signature Fireman (a tad more pricey, so I would need to save up more. I love Paul Gilbert's style and sound, though, so I kinda trust him on this one).
Last edited by bananu7; 05-31-2013 at 08:49 AM.