Hello fellow Ibaneezers,
I just picked up really unusual Pro Radius, it looks like a 1987 model but has no sticker on the headstock.
It has the three mini toggles, the beehive knobs with push/push tone pot and the IBZ/USA pickups but a chrome edge with backstop and the body weighs an absolute TON!
The ebony board has the small pearl dots but it's a 5-piece maple/mahogany oiled ultra neck and says so on the heel. It has the tilt joint and chrome Ibanez Made in Japan neck plate.
Here's the really weird part, it has no locknut and has never had one, it's a graphite nut with staggered chrome Sperzel trimlock tuners, I whipped one off and the tuner footprint clearly shows that they've never been disturbed before, the fretwork shows little signs of use and the trussrod cover is also different, it's longer so it butts up to the graphite nut (almost) properly.
It came in an old gigbag from Chandlers Guitars in London so I'm guessing Charlie had his hands on it.
It looks like a custom spec. all Fujigen guitar in atlantic blue rather than blue burst, did Ibanez do this back in the 80's, I know a lot of artists got their guitars looked after by Charlie, could this be an artists special order? Frankly it's almost too heavy for mere mortals to gig with.
It's close to mint condition aside from the dirt so this evenings project is to clean it, restring it and spank it!