So I decided to put together a custom build with an old S-series body I grabbed off the bay for cheap.
I am putting it together with my luthier Kip Elder at starr guitars. http://www.starrguitars.com/
I am slowly getting the pieces together and picking paints and letting them do fun work of refinishing and assembly.
Specs will be:
Ibanez S body (custom finish Black with white paint binding)
USA custom neck (going to go with ebony fret board)
Black Edge locking trem and nut (from Rich Harris)
EMG pickups H/S/H
I will post pictures as parts come in and progress is made.
Here is a shot of the original condition. This body was repainted by someone who did not do the greatest job. It seems to be a mix of poly and nitro as some paint comes off with acetone and other parts don't.
After removing some of the paint you can start to see the wood.
Unfortunately after removing some paint at the neck, what I thought was a finish crack is actually in the wood.
In this pic you can see the crack goes across the back and is in the wood.
At this point I was considering scrapping the body and looking for another. However my luthier is confident that they can fix it with epoxy.
Once we get it fixed I will post more pics. That is all for now. Tune in later for more progress pics.