Found a 5 banger Ibanez on my local CL for $175. Even though I just started playing bass a week ago I felt it was too good of a deal to pass up. After a few texts it was mine.

When I picked it up I immediately noticed a few issues. The guitar was horribly dirty. I felt needed condoms on my fingers to touch it. There were a few dings on the edge of the fretboard, and there was a loose pot. However, it played nice and smooth and the action was set really nice IMO.

So I brought it home to start cleaning. Here are some pics that show how dirty it was. Notice how bad the strings are and all the gunk on the fretboard and the bridge.

I polished up the body with a little bit of rubbing alcohol. I wouldn't just do that with any guitar though. This being what it is I felt fine with that. It got all kinds of grunge off the guitar. Used some steel wool and the gunk started coming away and the frets got some good polish to them. Went into the controls and tightened up that pot and replaced the 9v battery. I got a kick out of the pups catching all the steel wool fibers for me.

Used some of this stuff to condition the fretboard. I picked it up on a whim today while I was buying some new strings for it. We'll see how well it works over time, but right now the fret board feels good. I don't know how much of a difference it really makes though. I think it only cost $7, so it wasn't all that much and worth a try on what is really an experiment guitar anyway.

Here is a finished shot with my 4 string. The idea was to find out which played better and sell the other one. Without a doubt the 4 stringer that I bought last week is going to be posted on my local CL tonight. The 5 plays really well and has a good setup, so it stays.

Well, back to practicing "Welcome to the Jungle."
Ibanez SR1200E
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I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

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The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

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Hnbd all the same, I love the SR series.

I know man, those strings were disgusting. After touching them I felt like I needed to get a tetanus shot and some antibiotics.
Ibanez SR1200E
HNBD. That bass looks like my old SR800s cousin. Great basses, I regret selling mine at times!
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But the gunk keeps the funk!

And it might keep the herpes too.
Ibanez SR1200E