Ibanez StageStar Project
 
   
 


Ibanez StageStar

I picked up another guitar to work on, now that my Raven SG has sold.

What we have here is a well loved Ibanez Stagestar strat copy.
It was an entry level guitar made in 1997, part of Ibanez "Jumpstart" series of guitars.

Ibanez StageStar
You can see some major cracks in the finish, remains of the duct tape pickguard and frets that look like someone tried to file them off.

Here's the body with the pickguard removed. Not exactly pretty, and the bridge is , ahem, dirty.

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bridge
Did I mention the bridge was dirty? Hold on to your cookies!!

tuner
The tuners weren't very pretty either.
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Ok, I've grossed you all out enough already, suffice it to say, This baby had seen better days. I only paid $60 and was up for a challenge.tuner apart
Ok, Let's tackle these tuners!

First step is to take them apart.
clean
Then give each part a good cleaning and polish
lube
Some assembly lube
lubed
In critical areas
ready to go back together
Ready to go back together
beautiful
There, Good as new!
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jackplate
The jack plate gets the same treatment
clean jackplate
Ah, this is better!
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bridge clean
Well the bridge turned out nicely.
The bridge plate was so badly pitted I decided to paint it black
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frets
The neck had little filler bits under the fret ends, so I elected to notch the
frets to preserve this detail
fret job
Complete refret is done
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tuners back in
Now we're getting somewhere, complete set of rebuilt tuners installed into their original home
headstock
Headstock cleaned up nicely
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primer
And the body is currently in primer
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primer
Ah, nothing like the smell of fresh paint in the morning!
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primer
Well, it's all back together. No strings yet as the clear is still a bit fragile. Final polish will come in a couple of weeks.
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Final polish has been completed! Strings are strung, intonation has been intonated, the old Stagestar goes to prove you CAN make a sows ear out of a silk purse and back again!