Hi guys, I hope this is in the right place to post all of this as I am wanting advice about fixing this guitar up and I think it is unnecessary to do two separate posts about it 🙂
I just acquired a 1974 Ibanez Custom Series No. 2408-1 Artwood Orient Dragon thanks to a post by Studmissile in the Gumtree/Junkmail/Capeads deals thread 🙂 It is a very rare guitar and it took a few hours of searching to find it... if you search the name in google, only like 7 hits come up.
I was able to identify the guitar (without a serial number) thanks to this thread I found on the Ibanez collectors website:
where one was sold on Ebay for the equivalent of R31000. Which obviously made me go take a look at this one advertised for R2500 🙂 Although that is not the reason why I bought this guitar... it will be fantastic once everything is fixed up but the thought of the potential re-sale value should I not be satisfied did help.
The tops of these guitars were walnut and hand carved in Thailand, with the guitar being built in Japan with SC-Sound Pick-ups, Maple fretboard and neck.
This one is not in fantastic condition and needs a bit of work... The one carved panel is coming off and needs to be re-glued (I assume?), the fretboard is showing signs of wear with dents worn into it, there seems to be some loose wiring (the volume fluctuates a lot) and the bridge appears to have been blocked as it is raised, resulting in a very high action.
I would just like to hear everybody's thoughts as to how to fix these, and if my assumptions about the causes of these issues are correct and could I fix some of these easily enough or should I take it to a luthier to be safe?
Any input would be appreciated 🙂