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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-05-2010, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Who painted USA Custom UCGR Last Cigarette?

Finally I got an UCGR w/ Last Cigarette graphics!

But can anyone tell me who is the artist that painted this graphics? I'm only sure that it's not done by Dan Lawrence nor Pamelina. There's two lines written inside the tremolo cavity, the bottom line reads something like "Exc K&K" (Or maybe "Exc R&R". I'd like to post a pic but the "Insert Image" tag doesn't work. Maybe due to my network, or because I'm new here?) while the upper line is hard to read (I don't want to pull the spring of the bridge too much just for this). The previous owner said that it's written "Rik Art", which looks more like a company instead of an individual name. Anyone know who this artist is? Thanks!
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-05-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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Re: Who painted USA Custom UCGR Last Cigarette?

I seen 'Rik Art' mentioned on the Ibanez Register in a thread about a Necromancers Castle Ibanez. Now the post was in German and the line read:

Die Signatur des Künstlers befindet sich auf dem Body unter dem Tremolosystem (Rik-Art).

I'm assuming that means 'The signature of the Artist can be found on the body under the tremelo system' (Rik Art).

Maybe someone here can translate that properly.

Other artists that I think were involved were a guy called Klemann and Pedro Cruz.
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Re: Who painted USA Custom UCGR Last Cigarette?

You can upload the pics to http://photobucket.com/ and then link them here.
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Maybe someone here can translate that properly.
The translation is correct apart from the translation of tremolosystem, which is tremolo and not tremelo only joking...
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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Who painted USA Custom UCGR Last Cigarette?

Thank you all!

So I uploaded the pics to photobucket and here they are.

Front view:
http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/x...UCGR-front.jpg

Tremolo cavity:
http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/x...molocavity.jpg

Some might easily recognize this one by the "unique" blemishes.
Previous owners are warmly welcomed to share informations or anything else here!
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Re: Who painted USA Custom UCGR Last Cigarette?

The guy Klemann who I mentioned in my first post has def done work for Ibanez. I'm pretty sure that his full name is Rick Klemann which may then link up with the 'Rik Art' thing that you mentioned. Those initials under the trem could be R&K. If we could find out was his signature looked like it may shed some light on this.

EDIT: Check the link below for confirmation about Rick Klemann (3 of the covers are just signed Klemann).
http://www.thelizardswebsite.com/artrik.htm

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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Who painted USA Custom UCGR Last Cigarette?

That makes sense!

But I found two pics of Klemann's signature on Ibanez UCGR Necromancer's Castle from ibanezregister.com and they look completely different from mine one.
http://www.ibanezregister.com:80/ima...4_4439_sig.jpg
http://www.ibanezregister.com:80/ima...scg/small2.jpg
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Re: Who painted USA Custom UCGR Last Cigarette?

Yep, I hunted his signature down online as well and it does seem that he signs all his work 'Klemann'.

The other only other names I have heard mentioned are Pedro Cruz and Brian Whalen.
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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 02:38 AM
 
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Re: Who painted USA Custom UCGR Last Cigarette?



wow that's pretty much the same signature i've seen on a "Road Song" i've photographed for my site:



now i know who painted it, thank you.
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While my one still remain mysterious ...
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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 11:42 PM
 
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Re: Who painted USA Custom UCGR Last Cigarette?

KLEMANN painted my 89 USA Custom ... it's a pre 50's flathead motorcycle engine. The site won't let me post pics yet... I'd like to know the name of it. Also, the serial indicates like I previously stated the guitar is 89, but KLEMANN's sig is in 90. Anyone know about this?
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Re: Who painted USA Custom UCGR Last Cigarette?

They had a pile of necks and grabbed whatever was on top. Yours had the '89 serial. My Cosmic Swirl is the same way. '90 serial number but signed '91 by Dan Lawrence.
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cool guitar! i have that one myself!
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Sweet guitar!
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They had a pile of necks and grabbed whatever was on top. Yours had the '89 serial. My Cosmic Swirl is the same way. '90 serial number but signed '91 by Dan Lawrence.
They must have had more necks pre stamped, than carter had pills then,
My "the angles depart" has a 90 stamped neck, signed in 92 by dan on the body, and only offered in the 91 catolog...
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