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Old 01-06-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
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Craigslist Buy. I need help with the ID

I grabbed this guitar off Craigslist for $20.00. I thought it was neat. Worst case I can use it as art... Can someone help me ID it? It does not have a name on the head but looks like it has a J on the bottom? I'm not sure. The back says it was made in Japan.

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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I'm not an expert, but that could be an I on the bridge piece. Possibly an old Ibanez
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:53 PM   #3
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Yeah, that's an Ibanez. Couldn't tell you anything else about it though.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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It's a lawsuit-era Ibanez. All I could find was an eBay auction for a similar guitar.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:19 PM   #5
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Well I guess I did okay on the $20.00.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:28 PM   #6
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I would get rid of the zero fret and have a new nut made, I am not a fan of the Zero fret to me it means "we suck at fret boards"



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Old 01-06-2013, 10:46 PM   #7
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That's the coolest Ibanez I think I've ever seen. Enjoy.
Can you see anything inside the f holes?
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:48 PM   #8
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Steel Reinforced Neck tends to be a good thing from what I've seen.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:12 PM   #9
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The pickups do not seem to be working... I'm SURE it will be fun trying to diagnose the problem.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:17 PM   #10
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Just so you know, if you do remove the pots to check or even to rewire it. Tie fishing-line/string on each of the shafts so you can easily pull them back trough the holes
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"we suck at fret boards"

Why would you think that?
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:26 PM   #12
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Why would you think that?

Well not that "we suck", but more of a "we don't want to spend the time to do it right"
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That's the coolest Ibanez I think I've ever seen. Enjoy.
Can you see anything inside the f holes?



Yeah it looks like 30 years of dust accumulation. I see the wires for the pots and pickups.

I can also see a pick guard was once installed. Any chance I can still find a pick guard for this old girl?
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Thats bad ass dude. I guess everyones interested in potential value, but its a Japanese Ibanez, so hows it play? I imagine fairly decent. Definitely better than $20 I assume
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Thats bad ass dude. I guess everyones interested in potential value, but its a Japanese Ibanez, so hows it play? I imagine fairly decent. Definitely better than $20 I assume



I would say it definitely plays better than $20.00 but it does need a better set up than I can provide. I have never messed with a hollow body like this before!

I am only interested in potential value because it reassures me that I made the right decision to buy it. Even if $20.00 is not a lot of money... no one likes the feeling of realizing you just bought a piece of crap that I will have to pay someone to haul away.
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Why would you think that?


Because it means that the nut doesn't have to be exactly (or even closely) near the right height to play it properly.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:28 AM   #17
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Ifi lived close by, Id give you 40 right now if that reassures you haha.. what can I say, I'm a sucker for a good clean "f" hole

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Well not that "we suck", but more of a "we don't want to spend the time to do it right"

Just the same way that a Les Paul guy might call Fender lazy or cheap for using a bolt-on neck? There is no "right", only different.
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Because it means that the nut doesn't have to be exactly (or even closely) near the right height to play it properly.

You have no idea what you're talking about. By your logic, every fret except for the nut is wrong.
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Just the same way that a Les Paul guy might call Fender lazy or cheap for using a bolt-on neck? There is no "right", only different.

You have no idea what you're talking about. By your logic, every fret except for the nut is wrong.


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Point proven. You don't know what you're talking about, otherwise you would have proven me wrong, no?
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