Figured I should post some pics of this bigger since it's finally finished.
Wiring this bastard up without an Ibanez 5-way sucked. Neck-Neck Parallel-Neck and Bridge inside coils out of phase - Bridge parallel - Bridge.
And now onto the problems:
Colour is absolutely amazing. The clearcoat is not. Despite having cured for quite a few weeks, when it turned up to me it was so soft that simply screwing the pickup selector in bulbed the paint out. I'm very careful with these things and was really quite annoyed but whatever. As a rule I always countersink all holes (screws, volume pot, output socket) before using them, which made this even more annoying.
Mysterious dent, I'm guessing I can thank the UK Customs for that as it was very well packed.
I pick pretty hard but this thing hasn't even had four hours of play time yet.
There are plenty of scratches where it seems the wet and dry has been stepped up a grit before the body was ready.
Finally, most annoyingly, the edges of the neck joint hadn't been sanded off - presumably just the masking tape removed and left at that. When putting these sorts of projects together one expects some remedial work to get disparate parts to fit - the 'trough' for the 24 fret neck overhang needed cleaned out of overspray and that is entirely acceptably and to be expected - but things like this, where the paint flakes off because it hasn't been squared off, is literally a 20 second job to make the thing survive better.
Also, the the bridge route isn't quite long enough for the full intonation range of the Edge, although it'd be fine if I dropped a Lo Pro in there.
Am I happy with it? Yes.
Would I buy another one? No.
The price I paid was too much for the finishing flaws IMO, but the actual body shape, routing and options were brilliant. I knew when I set out that between my options I was trading finish quality for being able to get exactly what I wanted. Next time, though, I think I would get the bodybblank made but have it finished somewhere in the UK.
Pickups are a Dimarzio Super 3 and a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails which I'm loving. The Super 3 is weirdly dark yet harmonically rich, and also terrifyingly loud.
I'm curious what specific products Mai used for this finish. Could be he used the wrong or not optimal finish. The flaking at the neck heel, is that primer underneath? Only time I've seen bulging like that is when I tried to rattle can a guitar... Lacquer should be cured hard enough in a few weeks for that to never be an issue, unless he put way too much on, then it's going to have a hard time curing.
I better shot of the dent from different angles would tell me if it was before or after finish... From the angle it shows it looks like it was a dent that was finished over...