My Ibanez Apex II is currently with Pat Wilkins being refinished in a natural/ebony stain (similar to an M8M). He just removed the gross, green factory finish and called to tell me that he found... get this...
... a layer of particle board on the headstock face (under the paint).
What the hell? Anyone heard of this before? How is putting a layer of particle board on the face of a headstock, under the paint, cheaper/faster than finishing the guitar traditionally? Is there some other reason Ibanez would do this?
Removing said particle board would add money and time to the project. So I had to modify my plans. I told him to leave it and lay solid black over it instead. Annoyed, but I need to stay within budget.
Hmm... I've heard of using layers of different wood/veneer before color coat (because some grains take paint better than others) but I've never never heard of particleboard being used and especially on a headstock. I'm not even sure how you'd get a layer of particleboard thin enough to face the headstock with a veneer.
See if he can snap some pics.
EDIT: Could be a layer of woodfiller and it just looks kinda like particleboard?