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Hi,

Long time player, new Ibanez owner. Ran across and purchased a 1998 RG1502S today. Great playing guitar and in great condition. The RG1502S and my Custom Shop Jackson DK1 are now at the top of my stable of guitars with remarkably similar feel.

Have just started learning about the J Customs. Interesting history. The RG1502S is identified as a “spot run” on Fandom. Were these one off runs or were they made in small batches? Any any interesting insights or info anyone might share?
 

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At the very least, a “spot run” means “there are not very many.” (6 and 12 seem to be the common claimed numbers.) I imagine you got a really nice guitar! Traditionally, J-Customs have been the top tier guitars in the Ibanez line-up. The problem with “spot run J-Customs made in 1998 for the Japanese market” is there may not be a wealth of documented information available and running into fellow owners can be difficult. With that said, Jemsite is probably the best place to learn about high-end Ibanez guitars built over the last 30 years.
 

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At the very least, a "spot run" means "there are not very many." (6 and 12 seem to be the common claimed numbers.) I imagine you got a really nice guitar! Traditionally, J-Customs have been the top tier guitars in the Ibanez line-up. The problem with "spot run J-Customs made in 1998 for the Japanese market" is there may not be a wealth of documented information available and running into fellow owners can be difficult. With that said, Jemsite is probably the best place to learn about high-end Ibanez guitars built over the last 30 years.
Yes, very sparse information about the RG1502S. I did find a document (via google search) on JemSite that has the production logs for 1997-2001 J Customs. This document was the key in being able to positively identify my J Custom, so JemSite is already proving a valuable resource for me. I would link the document I found here, but I cannot include links until I have 5 posts.

Once I had a model number, I was able to positively i.d. the guitar on Ibanez.fandom.com. Found a page on the RG1502S and it was an exact match for mine.

This is a really nice guitar. This and my DK1 are the two finest playing guitars I have ever encountered.
 

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A specific question: this guitar has recessed strap locks. The thing is, I did not get the strap buttons. Does anyone know what these strap locks are?
 

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Answering my own question here, it looks like the 1998 JCs used Dunlop StrapLok Retainers - Original (Part # SLS1103BK). Does that sound right?
 

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The case to this guitar has seen better days. It is cracked, has plastic missing and the interior is loose. I am going to get a replacement case. The new cases are a different style and the only vintage case for sale on Reverb is also damaged. Should I keep the original case? Will a new case have a big impact on resale if I ever decided to sell this guitar?
 
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