I've had this guitar since I was a kid. I haven't played the guitar in a while and wanted to do something to freshen it up and make it interesting again. Not everyone remembers the Ibanez EX, and it was a lower-end model, but I always loved the sharp-but-rounded shape to it which was a unique look compared to other super-strats. Plus the crazy heavy body really nicely darkens up any pickup I've put in this thing.
I broke the original neck as a kid and replaced it with a Jackson neck a long time ago, hence the Jack-anez status. Here's the guitar recently before I did any work to it.
I knew I wanted to do a vinyl wrap, but had no idea what pickup config I wanted, so when I stripped the hardware off, I went to Starbucks, kept the straw, and used it to keep open the wiring channel for the pickups.
Let's start with the middle pickup, I always hit my hand on it anyway. Bondo gets really hot and I was worried I had melted the straw in place, but it didn't reach it's melting point, so it was fine.
While the Bondo was setting, I wanted to open up the trem cavity a little bit. Andy had given me a trem off a Jackson (thanks again bud!) a couple years ago and it was a big upgrade over the original trem, but it never sat perfectly. It's time to change that. I didn't feel like ponying up for a dremel to only use it once, so I used a $12 tool I use to sand my dog's nails. It worked.
Electric hand sander, then finished with 800 grit by hand. The middle pickup is no more! It has ceased to be. Bondo sat perfectly flat, I was really happy and impressed with myself.
You know, the graphic I decided on the other night needs more room, and I don't want to wire up a whole new system, what if we fill the neck pickup too? Well I didn't really need that straw earlier, now did I? I filled in the neck pickup cavity, the volume knob (it was too close to the pickup) and the switch. I sanded it, it looked great, so I painted it.
Damn, the paint showed how uneven it was. Unimpressed with myself.
Time to sand again. That's more like it, perfect!
That was the end of the first week.