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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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Need help identifying '89 USA Custom Graphic

Hi guys,

Came across this guitar awhile ago and decided to begin restoration on it today but I am having one problem... I don't really know what model it is! First thing that came to mind was a UCMD, but this finish does not show up under any catalog/website I have seen (it differs from Metal Leopard and Golden Feline finishes). Serial # is F925678 stamped on the back of the headstock with a blank neck plate. Neck pocket has stamps all over it, but what particularly stands out is the handwritten "677u" and sideways "A" - also the "J" on the neck heel. The rest reads "W A L R J - R T 24" which I have deciphered thanks to this post: http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f18/ne...-id-38565.html but the rest I am having trouble with everything else... any help is tremendously appreciated.


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Sorry, this is not a custom graphic like it says in the title! Still unidentified though...

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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Re: Need help identifying '89 USA Custom Graphic

That's a Golden Feline. 677U means nothing. It's most likely an order number. All UCGR's of that vintage have a similar number.

J on the neck means jumbo frets.

Considering how hard it seems to be to find pictures of these, perhaps yours is the exact guitar used in this photoshoot?


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Yep. Golden Feline. Part of the Metaldesign group of the USAC's. They turn up on the 'bay occasionally, but i suspect production was much lower than others like Silver Snake or Silver Peac0ck which are a lot more common.
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Re: Need help identifying '89 USA Custom Graphic

Yea thats the one alright! Thanks so much for clarifying guys - out of curiosity what year is that catalog from?
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I think that image is a promo poster/flyer, not a catalog. Not completely sure of the date on it. The 1991 catalog broke the USAC's into the Graphic Design, Metaldesign, and Exotic Woods categories like that, but they had the gold headstock logos in that catalog. There's also stuff on there from the 1988 USAC poster (like "Get it Away"), so who knows. Maybe '89 or '90?
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Great, thanks for the info. At least now I have a better idea of its value and origin.. I hate owning anything and now knowing where it came from or who built it!!
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Contact B.B.A.--pretty sure he has the same one.



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That is a poster, from 1990 I believe.
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Wow, I love seeing these old catalogs/flyers, and this is one I've never seen. Interesting to see the AANJ making an appearance that early (assuming this is 1990). Didn't know it was around that early.
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Wow, I love seeing these old catalogs/flyers, and this is one I've never seen. Interesting to see the AANJ making an appearance that early (assuming this is 1990). Didn't know it was around that early.
Maxxas had them early, too.



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Wow, I love seeing these old catalogs/flyers, and this is one I've never seen. Interesting to see the AANJ making an appearance that early (assuming this is 1990). Didn't know it was around that early.

Same here!
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Hmm, most of my favorite USA custom graphics aren't in there...








I do like Street Wise, but you can't really see it very well in that catalog page.
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That one on the top left looks familiar.............

Nice feline hotwax!!!!!!
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Hmm, most of my favorite USA custom graphics aren't in there...








I do like Street Wise, but you can't really see it very well in that catalog page.
I know the Cosmic Swirl II is in the '92 catalog. Also one of my favorites and I've only seen 1 for sale in the last 3 years.
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+1 for Cosmic Swirl & Ice World. My faves of the graphic series thus far.
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