Its a really great guitar. I am an Ibanez fan and have had loads of the older models. I picked this one up for what would probably be around $30.00. IT has had many spray jobs over the years it seems. By the previous owners. And the binding is all destroyed. The only thing staying as it is will be the head stock. When they resprayed the body and the neck, they taped over the serial number so its still visible. And the front of the head stock is shot. The paint is old and cracked and the binding is barely there anymore. I will keep it all as is and clear over it to save that. But the rest of the body is a full respray if I choose to do anything with it at all.
Just thought I would give it a shot. If it fails, it is just what it is I suppose. If not. It could be a cool little blues guy. The pick ups are pretty bluesy. and I like their tone. So I will probably just hollow out the wings and the parts around the pups. I cant cut a piece off the back, don't have the machine for that. I will be using a bench dremel, so I can set the depth of the head. Then I will just grind it all out. Then around the edges I will have a shallow recess that I can drop a back plate into. Sort of like the plastic plates that cover cavities in guitar bodies. Just made of wood of course. Will be easy enough. Neck will stay on through the whole thing.
Didn't think about the feed back that may happen. So that's another reason I will just leave them suspended in their own little boxes as they are.