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$500 for a Japanese S with Lo Pro, figured top and F pickups? Bit of a no brainer in the current market. However, I'd want to know what condition the neck is in - whether it has cracks by the locking nut bolts and how much fret wear there is. Well, many of us here are biased, we love old Japanese stuff too much :D.

It's not too difficult to recondition the hardware (gold plating goes quickly anyway) to an extent with a product like Autosol. The one in the pic looks ok for the age - the plating seems to be mostly there except for the low E saddle.

The EZ has wider stud spacing than most aftermarket trems, so if you end up not liking it or whatever, you're kinda stuck. The Premium Kikos have the EZ II, afaik, which is put on the mid-tier guitars.

I don't know if anyone on here has a Kiko, they do seem nice, though the more recent (Japan) ones are based on the RGA.
 
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