Bought this locally, selling point for me was that it was a 2 humbuckers guitar with 'vintage' Dimarzio Super Distortion pickups. To me the bridge pickup doesn't seem to be vintage, but the neck sure does look vintage. I might swap both around and put the vintage one on the bridge as I use the bridge pickup more and prefer vintage pickups as they are older and therefore better.
Was setting it up yesterday and certain aspects of this guitar I don't understand like side dots that have come off(that's a first for me), and paint and screw hole imperfections on a Japanese guitar? I actually suspect this to be the product of the Neptune guys on a Friday afternoon... Moreover, the neck is the exact same as 83 Pacer Imps - same back profile, same 'nut sticking out cause shelf too small' syndrome, same inlays- but fretboard sanded to a flatter 15" radius, just like the Pacer Carreras of the time. Don't know what wood the body is, so I'm just gonna say it's poplar. Similar to a Pacer Special body with a different style output jack and control cavity. To me this is basically a 83 Pacer Imp with one less tone control, flatter radius fingerboard and matching headstock. My kind of guitar.
I specifically asked the previous owner if there were any scratches or dings on the back of the neck that you can feel when you play, and he said none whatsoever. And when I get it, all I see and feel are scratches and dings. Tell me, is it really that difficult to not ding up the back of guitar necks?
Now I'd have to sand the crap off, even if it means the amber tint fades away. But this guitar is currently useless because this fellow swapped out the OFR for a Ping Floyd(Is Ping a Chinese woman?) that looks like a Gotoh with the knife edge on the bass side straight and the other side round. I was gonna give this Floyd a shot cause it looks cool but when I push the trem down it stays down(from a slightly floating position), I push it up and it stays up... I soon realized that the baseplate was too wide for the route and the arm housing was pushing against the wood. So this craptastic 'Ping Pong' Floyd has got to go.
All in all, I'm very happy with this purchase because I'm confident that once I put in a good Floyd this thing will play great. The color I absolutely love... it's my fourth candy apple red guitar but this one is the darkest of them. It's real dark, I wanna call it dark cherry... super sexy. But most importantly this thing sounds killer... Dimarzio Super Distortions, man... I got another set of vintage Dimarzio pickups coming my way but I might need to get another guitar for those.
I'm currently looking for a chrome Floyd Rose for this so please feel free to hit me up if you got the hookup. Thanks, and keep on stringin bros!
Oh my god, look what the cat dragged in... Livin' my life, sin after sin. Night rolls up and I do it again... Oh my god, look what the cat dragged in.