Okay, so I'm a bit behind. I picked up this RT650 (which I had been looking for for years) back in November, but it took me a long while to get it all cleaned and set up. The frets were very loose, so I had a tech superglue them all in, then do a fret level and crown. The skunk stripe was lifting ever so slightly at the headstock end, and since I planned to smooth out the glossy neck finish anyway, I decided to sand it down to make it flush. I then re-finished just that part with some slightly tinted poly finish, and then smoothed it out to 1000 grit. The repaired finish blends in perfectly, and the neck is *so* smooth and fast now!
These "golden era" Ibanezes (this one's from 1992) are so well-made. And with the big neck joint this thing resonates like crazy! The body's alder, which is a first for me. I don't remember the V7 and V8 pickups being this bright, so perhaps it's the body wood I'm hearing. I've got an Air Zone in the mail for the bridge, and I'm still looking for a white Air Norton for the neck. That should smooth out the sound. I still haven't found an appropriate tremolo arm, although I do know that it takes a 5mm bar with a long base that may be threaded.
Enough of the jibber jabber and on with the pics. The last one shows the nice fret end finishing by my tech.
Gorgeous. I'd have profiled those frets a bit more when crowning but that's just me.
Sold a few of those second hand, always been kickass!