Hey guys. I've decided to restore my brother in law's Ibanez, because I'm curious to hear how it plays and sound. The guitars been collecting dust for 10 years since they moved to New Zealand, but I believe there's still some life left in it
It's still got the stock pickups (crap?), so I might consider changing them once the guitar has been set up. The guitar hardware were all rusty and dirty, so I cleaned them and sprayed them black. I'm not sure if I used the wrong paint, because some of the parts are still sticky if you touch it - for example screwing down the intonation marks left a mark on the bridge plate.
I'm coming from a fixed bridge guitar, so setting up the guitar is going to be interesting. I notice there are 2 intonation holes? on the bridge, which hole do I use?
Progress so far:
- 1 pressure pad was missing on the locking nut, so ordered a replacement.
- No whammy, so I stole one from my old guitar (not genuine Ibanez, but it fits).
- Painted hardware black.
- One of the saddles were rusted, so I CRC'd the hell out of it.
- Stock pickups look rusty - any way to clean them?
- Polished the frets and cleaned the fretboard.
- Cleaned pretty much everything I could.
Here's some pics so far: