NGD! RGArt1! Restore or Gig?
Hey everyone - as you may have seen above, I grabbed RG Art1 #971026 off of the 'bay yesterday.. there's pics of it on page 13 of the RG Art registry above. It appears to be in average, used but functional condition, with non original case, at least one replacement pickup, bad chip on the end of the headstock, and heavy pitting on the trem. I paid $1500, which I think is fair. This one was on my " Ibby Bucket List " along with the puzzle I got a couple of months ago. I'll have to sell off a few other things to pay for it, but it's worth it, they don't come around very often.
Anyway - I'm for sure going to have my tech repair the headstock, that's a given. I'll look for a newer Prestige case for it, I think those are nice. If I could find the maroon lined 1000 case that would be cool to. The question I want to put to you guys is:
Restore it or Gig with it?
I've got enough super clean guitars I won't take out of the house - and I use an Ibby to play "Echoes" at every gig - so I won't be taxing it that hard. This one has been knocked around enough that I can be comfortable with it. If I gig it I may ( I know, sorry guys) put Railhammer Chisels in it.. They sound GREAT and I think the half blade / half poles pickup would look cool with the body graphics..
If I restore it, I've got some questions. I know I could dig thru this forum and find the answers, but you guys will know.
- did it originally have the recessed strap buttons and locks like my 1802?
- which DiMarzios are original B & N? It looks like only the neck pickup has been changed, but I won't really know until I get in there.
- Does Rich have a bridge available for this? Do you guys think it's worth replacing if I really want to dial this in? The one thats on it is pretty rough. Knobs also...
I'll take pics on my bench when it gets in this week.