I picked up this Ibanez Artcore AS73 back in June 2015 at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA. When I found it, it was damaged at the neck joint and missing most of the hardware. What hardware was left (a few mismatched tuners, the cable jack and a couple pots) was in pretty rough shape. But still… this is a beautiful guitar, and I just couldn’t walk past it for fear that it’s fate would bring it to an ignominious end. Actually, I did walk past it. Several times. But it kept calling me back, and eventually I made a deal with the seller, who, incidentally, knew absolutely nothing about this guitar, or any guitar, as best I could tell. First step was to remove the neck from the body and clean the joint so it could be re-glued.
The heel piece at the base of the neck was also missing. This was originally a plastic piece that matched the edge binding, but since I didn’t have the original piece, I shaped a new one from some maple that I had on hand. With the clear poly finish over it, the color actually matches pretty well.
Next came all new hardware (pickups, tuners, bridge, pots, wiring, etc.)
I ended up with a great looking and great playing guitar, which I sold to some lucky guy in Upland.