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Username: Mk230

Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 5:14 pm:   

Hi, I'm new here and I hope to eventually pick up an artist and some other nicer Ibanez guitars. But for now I decided to jump into the low-end and buy a PF230 for $350. If I've been ripped off please don't let me know :-)

Anyway, I had a few questions about the guitar and old Ibanezes in general.

I thought the guitar had replacement pickups since catalog images show gold covers. Are these black pickups likely to be Super 70s? There was one extra pickup in the case which is a super 70 that looks just like the 3 in the guitar. I'm going to take it all apart to check but I was just curious if these look like the correct pickups.

The bridge and tailpiece are quite corroded. There's no way to swap out replacement non-Ibanez parts without drilling new holes right? Should I just clean up the hardware with alcohol and steel wool and let it be?

Do these guitars have a nitro or poly finish? I was considering trying to fix some large chips and dings on the back of the neck and headstock but I'm not sure what's on there now.

Anyway, I'm curious to hear any other thoughts about these guitars. Here's a pic.

Username: Mk230

Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 9:23 pm:   

I took the pickups out and they are indeed Super 70s. The bridge PU was replaced with a Duncan but the original was in the case so I think I'll put it back in.
Username: Johns

Registered: 02-2001
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 10:10 pm:   


Cool Performer! You don't see too many 230s.

The original pickups would have 2 adjustment screws on the left side. The middle and bridge on your's have one on each side, but the surrounds show the correct holes for the original pickups. I'd say that both pickups are non-original.
Username: Mk230

Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 11:02 pm:   

Thanks for the info John. The neck, middle and the extra pickup in the case are all engraved with "Super 70" on the back and stamped with the number 280710. Is that a serial number that was given to sets of pickups?

I notice that the metal bracket on the bottom of the pickup has 3 holes on one side and one on another. So I suppose it's possible to mount it with only one screw on each side. Maybe none of these pickups are original though. Somebody would have had to drill holes in the surrounds to add the screw in the middle wouldn't they?

Are replacement surrounds available? One is cracked so I wouldn't mind swapping them out.
Username: Funkle

Registered: 12-2001
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 10:52 am:   

Mike, your guitar has a poly finish.

The 3 hole pickup surrounds are very hard to find. There is a rumor that there is a box of them at the Hoshino office in Pennsylvania.
Username: Dave_g

Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 10:03 pm:   

Mike , very nice score....I really like the book matched flame maple top. What are ya waitn for plug er in and give us a review !
Username: Mk230

Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 7:55 pm:   

So far I love the guitar. After I polished the frets it plays very nicely and I dig the sound of the super 70s. The neck pickup gives a great warm and fuzzy sound. I still need to work on cleaning up the bridge (or hopefully getting a new one eventually) and the jack needs rewiring. I'm also toying with the idea of making some new pickup surrounds out of wood since one of them is cracked but that's probably a ways off. For now I'm just looking forward to buying my next Ibanez :-)

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