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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-14-2014, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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"MACE" neck pocket stamp?

I have an old RG which I recently disassembled. I bought it used 15-20 years ago. It has a 550 neck, but the neck pocket is stamped MACE 8-3-90. I'm aware of Mace Bailey from the custom shop, but I don't know if there's any correlation. Was there an aftermarket parts company called Mace? It's seen better days. The previous owner filled the middle pickup route and volume knob hole and did a custom airbrushed paint job. It's not a 550 body. It's rear routed, and it looks like mahogany. I found it odd and wondered if anyone has ever seen this stamp before.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-14-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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Re: "MACE" neck pocket stamp?

sounds legit to me. That was the time frame he worked for Ibanez
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Re: "MACE" neck pocket stamp?

pics would help as well...
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Here's a couple pics.



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Re: "MACE" neck pocket stamp?

Cool piece of Ibz history. Maybe a 570 body since it's rear routed.
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Re: "MACE" neck pocket stamp?

Could be a custom order for an endorser?
Does the back of the headstock have any type of serial stamped on the wood?
Something like LA080390? Usually the US Custom Shop stamped date serials at the back of the headstock as well...
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Re: "MACE" neck pocket stamp?

The original neck (if it had one) is long gone. It had a 550 neck when I bought it. That neck now has a bad scarf joint, which is why I disassembled it. It almost looks like a body that was sold unfinished, as the trem route was never painted. It's just sealer. The control cavities are shielded with copper tape, not shielding paint.
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Re: "MACE" neck pocket stamp?

There used to be a section upstairs in Bensalem where they kept a few racks or typical production bodies and necks they could quickly make a guitar for an artist that needed something fast. Whoever this was done for wanted an HH with rings so they would have taken a 570 body, filled the single, and sent it to the painter that was doing the graphic. The 550 neck was probably the original though nothing can be certain 20+ years later.
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Re: "MACE" neck pocket stamp?

Thanks for the info, Rich. I checked the neck serial, and it's a 1990 also, so I'd imagine you're correct. I considered trying to find a replacement neck, but I don't have time for projects these days. I'll probably sell it as a complete body, or part it out, and replace it with a new Prestige.
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Unrelated but I thought this was cool, from an AR500 just listed. Mace's signature as a checker.

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