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Well this year I’ve bought 5 MIJ guitars made between 1983 to 1986. They are three Ibanez, a Washburn, and an Aria Pro II. It’s amazing, but three of them were only a few (less than $40.00) dollars more than the prices that the guitars sold for when they were new.

Two of them need fret replacement. (1985 Washburn G-1 and Ibanez RS 430)
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One needs a fret leveling (Ibanez AR405TV, an acoustic electric)

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The 3 above will be my projects for the coming months, around the time we all start bitching about the constant rain (I’m in Oregon, and the rain can’t come soon enough honestly)

I got a 1985 or 1986 Ibanez Roadster II RG 110 (at least I think that is what it is) that had a ground problem and a push/push volume for coil split that needed rehab, and the jack needed replacement. I also wound up reflowing solder on all of the pots/wires. I bought some parts for the bridge from a kind forum member here at Jemsite. I finished work on this guitar last month. The frets had practically no wear, and it us now my best playing S style guitar.

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And finally, we come to my new to me, Aria Pro II Knight Warrior. It has a few minor dings, etc but is all original and has a really good feeling neck. There is enough fret metal left for me to use it now, but will need frets probably in the next year or two. This guitar came with medium frets, and when I refret it I will go medium-jumbo and either fill and recut, or replace all together, the nut. It has a coil split push/pull on the volume pot. The Kahler Flyer trem was a bitch to get set up, but I finally figured it out. It is dialed in now, and I shouldn’t have to re set it again.

That trem is a string eating machine. I have heard of some people soldering the ball ends of their plain strings to reinforce them at the loop, but I will try some different strings. Does anybody have experience with S.I.T. Strings? I’ve heard that they are reinforced at the ball end, but have never used their electric guitar Strings.

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Do any of you have any project guitars you will be fixing in the next few months? I really don’t expect to be done with my upper 3 guitars until after Christmas. I am a few tools away from being able to do a complete refret, but I will get there eventually.
 

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Trying to talk myself into a redemption rebuild of my old '86 RG110... then I could put the original neck back on it. Would require router work, inlay, new pickguard/wiring, and a new bridge at a minimum. Ideally new paint or stain. No pics of the poor body.
 

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projects?...i don't do a lot myself as my expertise pretty much stops with some soldering and setups...that being said...hmm let me think...surf green 550 tha needs new pickups and pickguard, fender strat (fretwork), a usa jackson getting a refin and a jackson dk2s getting a new toggle and trem are up at my luthier... 2 7420's, an 88 550 (he is removing the white krylon while trying to save the dsy underneath) and an older mutt (560 body with 760 neck) all at my other guitarists house, 2 of which are going to a luthier over by snellville to be properly fixed...i think that's about it?...d.m.

oh o 560 getting a swirl...yeah that will have to be put back together too
 

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Well, I have another project to do first. I am going to gut my new Artis AR520 HFM and put in Dimarzio’s. Cream coil SD’s. Going to replace the pots as well. CTS and will have to ream the holes and find new knobs.
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^^ That's gonna go right back to the 80s with the dbl creams.

Tinkering's a never-ending thing. Relatively recently, I refurbed an old Epiphone I have (one of those Special models with the plywood body) - stripped the neck (hate gloss). I levelled the frets and installed new tuners (originally had those plate things with the pot metal cap over the gear, ugh). The tuners were probably the biggest game changer, not just in terms of being able to tune but in augmenting the instrument's sustain and resonance. Now, it's probably the loudest/most resonant electric when played acoustically I have, go figure. I have a set of those old Ibanez IBZ pups in it (not DiMarzio, but the mid-80s plastic covered ones), and recently the bridge one has become microphonic, it never ends :LOL:.

I think the lesson is that most guitars, when set up well, are going to be pretty good. Getting the frets, fingerboard edges and action dialled in makes all the difference in the world.

I'm also in the process of deglossing the neck on my classical. Did I mention I hate gloss? The stuff was lathered on thick, even going at it with 50 grit paper took some time/effort.
 
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