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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-02-2002, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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USA Custom "Silver Snake"? - ...why did I have to get marrie

Was in my favorite music store a few weeks ago and had the chance to pick up an "un-used", never owned '89 USA Custom for a very good price. It has the silvery/grayish snake skin pattern on front & back, and is silvery/gray on the sides, rosewood board with white shark tooth inlays, single stock Ibanez F-1 pup in the bridge position. Neck has some back bow (you would too after 13 years in the same position). Funny tho, I went to the Ibanezregister.com gallery and what they called the "silver snake" and the "gray snake" both look brown to me. Anyone seen this one before? If I wasn't in the middle of buying a used UV777BK at the time (which I got today), man I'd have snapped this thing up, and will next month if it's still there. It's funny that I've looked at it for years, but never bothered to play it, but this time I did and it almost killed me to walk out without it.

Did you ever just come so close to just saying "screw it, I'm getting it"? Man that GAS attack lasted 3 days.
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Can i ask the price ?
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USA Custom "Silver Snake"?

I just saw one of these brand new in Snukst music in Chicago. *I'm from St. Louis and have heard stories about this place which were all true - more of a guitar museum than a guitar store. *Anyway, they had one of the snake tops which very gold / silver with the shark tooth inlays.

I think you can find some info on the store on the net.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-11-2002, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, that didn't take long. I picked it up tonight on my way back from a 3-day business trip to Buffalo (yeah, yeah, alot of snow) *. It's a UCMDIGS - whatever the hell that means Gray Snake at the end anyway. Price...$675 w/ M100 case. This thing has barely seen the light of day. Two GAS prescriptions inside of a week (I picked up a used '97 UV777BK last week) could cost me with the Mrs. tho, but I can't help it! *I think (and I'm no expert with USA/J-Customs) that $675 for a mint USA Custom of any kind is a bargain - am I wrong? The list in 1989 was $1349. There are a few light scuffs on the top side, but otehr than that... Very clean cosmo edge (no pitting), single pup in the bridge, an IBZ USA F-1 (kinda crappy sounding). I'm gonna drop an EMG 81 in it when the smoke clears. Hey, you only live once and for me, it might not be much longer.

Honey, I think I'm good for a while.

(until I snag the Silver Pea ****
USA Custom there in the same shape!).

I'll try to post a pic or 2.

Mark * *
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USA Custom "Silver Snake"?

Well, I'm an idiot and can't figure out how to get a pic on here - little help?

Also, UCMD1GS = Usa Custom Metal Design 1 Gray Snake

serial # 891653

Gave it a Harris last night - plays perfect. *Told the wife this AM while she was half asleep, and while not thrilled, she didn't slap me.

Yeah, I wear the pant suit in my house.

If anyone cares to chime in on this guitar, or knows more about it, feel free. I don't see any single pup customs out there. *It also has the USA Custom logo to the right of the Ibanez logo on the headstock, rather than above it like most customs.

Whatever - seems to be a nice find.
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Hi Mark,
Send your pictures and info to me at [email protected] i'll put them on my site www.ibanezregister.com and you can link to them from there. no worries.
best regards
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Jerry - you have it on there already bro.
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Dohh!!

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I believe the metal designs were similar to that of the JEM FP's. They took actual metallic material, and clearcoated over it.

During the first couple years of the USAC's, the part that says "USA Custom" was off to the side (where todays guitars say JS, JEM, or RG). I believe they changed that in 91.
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