Ibanez U.S.A Custom UCEW1LC NT - $2500!! - Sold!!

Filed Under (Ibanez, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 30-08-2010

Another first for Importstrings is a VERY RARE and VERY HARD to get your hands on,LEGENDARY U.S.A Custom Exotic Woods Series UCEW1LC NT with Custom Shop ordered upgrades!! This guitar at the time,was Ibanez at their very best! Now I’m not taking any thunder away from the J Customs of today, which are extremely well built and beautifully sounding, BUT this monster is WOOW! sounding and will punch holes in many J Customs. Sadly the two top series of U.S.A Customs, the American Masters and Exotic woods have been over shadowed by the J Customs, which is understandable, being that ALL the U.S.A Customs were built from 1989~1996 in limited numbers, a generation gap, a lack of internet info (if any in those days) and the U.S.A Custom very rarely leaving the U.S.

Now VERY BREIFLY, I’ll try to explain why these exquisite guitars are so sought after! It all started many years ago,way back in the late 80’s (Now I feel old) By that time Ibanez had already established themselves with many fine, quality built instruments, but now it was time to take on the major players in their own back yard, so to speak. Very quietly, in the late 80’s they opened up Hoshino U.S.A in Bensalam P.A with a small team of American designers. They were to establish themselves as the Ibanez Custom Craft shop. In the short time from 1988~1990 they came out with many fine creations like the 540S, 540P, 540R (Which would later go back to Japan for full blown production) and the first in the U.S.A Custom Shop series the American Masters etc..
With Ibanez now getting more of a slice of the American market, it was decided to move shop, to California, and open two shops. In short one being exclusively for the endorser, they were to grab would be endorsers, create for them and maintain their instruments etc.. at NO EXPENSE spared. Some of those heavy weight guitarists being the likes of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Frank Gambale etc, etc… The other shop, located a short distance away was for the U.S.A Custom Shop series, direct to the public/shops. In all, five different series would be produced, with some having outside help. With some series, the bodies came direct from Japan with only the bridge humbucker routed, giving the customer the option of pick-up configuration, choice of Di Marzios, neck woods, frets etc.. These models were usually ordered through the local Ibanez dealer, with spec sheet made available. Like I said, Ibanez were going full out to IMPRESS! The Custom shop to the public was closed in 1996 due to sales which was brought on by a change in music, but the custom shop for the endorsors is still open today. When Ibanez closed the custom shop to the public, it was decided to bring all that custom guitar experience back to Japan with a new limited line called the “J Custom. YUP!! If there had not been such models as the American Masters or Exotic woods there may never had been a J Custom. Which brings us FINALLY to the Exotic Woods.
Now this is where it gets tricky. The Exotic Woods Series were made from 1990~1992 with 6 models in the series, the UCEWFM and UCEWQM being the more expensive models. They came STANDARD with metal nobs, centered pearl dot inlay, birdseye maple neck, Jumbo Frets, cosmo black hardware, Di Marzio PAF PRO x2, IBZ/USA C3 x1 pick-ups that were direct mounted. The UCEW1LC came STANDARD with plastic nobs, offset pearl dot inlay, maple neck, Jumbo Frets, black hardware, Di Marzio PAF PRO x2, Di Marzio VS-1 x1 and were ring mounted.
The model we have was CUSTOM ORDERED sharing the same specs as the top models, plus abalone inlays, Jim Dunlop 6105 Frets, Di Marzio Double Whammy in the bridge and keeping the standard black hardware. This is a ONE OWNER guitar thats was puchased in 1992, then brought back to Japan in late 2006, in that time he also has had installed, an E.S.P Arming Adjuster (Designed to bring your tremelo back to zero point after all those dives). More info.from E.S.P.
Another note about the Exotic woods Series, is the bodies were bulit by Tak Hosono, (founder of E.S.P) of Hosono Guitar Works. These bodies are of the highest quality and the EXTRA THICK Australian Lacewood top used, is absolutely amazing, the woods were highly polished giving holographic effects. Getting an Exotic Woods is quite rare but getting one with Lacewood of this calibar VERY RARE!! This is the ONLY model Ibanez have used an Australian Lacewood top making it very unique indeed! As mentioned the sound of this guitar is WOW! Punch, classic, fat, warm bottoms, awesome tone and sustain through-out, due to two factors. One being the quality woods/direct mounted pick-ups (these always give a bit more than ring mounted) and two the E.S.P Tremelo Adjuster is always in contact with the tremelo block, the vibrations ring down through the block, into the body giving added tone, sustain and clarity to a guitar that already sounded good.

The condition is almost like new!! This guitar has been treated like a baby, almost no ware to the hardware, 80%+ frets, body is mega-clean, almost like new playing condition! The only flaws in this guitar is, the original owner lost the back plate (no biggy, for a few bucks that can be ordered or made) and a chip at the truss rod hole which has been touched up. THATS IT!!! This is an 18yr old instument that looks like it came off the shelf yesterday, all in its original Custom Shop case (with serial no. still intact) and owners manual. It also has a very low serial no.of the 210th instrument built in 1992. If your an Ibanez collector, you will know how rare this is, and how much, of a fasinating peice of Ibanez history it is.
The craftmanship on this guitar is second to none, J Customs included!!

Body : Highly polished Australian Lacewood w/Honduras Mahogany back
Neck : 1pc.Birds eye Maple, Ultra type,
Fingerboard : Rosewood w/Abalone centered dots and Jim Dunlop 6105 frets
Bridge : Edge
Pick-ups : (Front) Di Marzio PAF PRO, (Middle) Di Marzio VS-1, (Rear) Di Marzio Double Whammy
Controls : 1 Volume, 1 Tone w/5 way selector
Hardware Colour : Black
Colour : NT (Natural)


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