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#1: Ibanez FA-700

Posted on 2005-09-23 11:39:46 by Hupalupa

Hello everybody:

A guy is selling an Ibanez FA-700. It's a kind of copy of an L-5, with
solid (not laminated) back and front. It's 25 years old, but the wood is
fine and it sounds very well. However, I would have to change the
tailpeace and the pickups, and perhaps the tuning pegs. He wants 1500
euro ($1830), and it seems too much to me for that guitar!!!

I was thinking in Benedetto pickups and tailpeace to replace the
originals, but, the question is: will they be compatible?, perhaps I
could not put those pieces in that guitar.

Please help!!

Thank you

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#2: Re: Ibanez FA-700

Posted on 2005-09-23 12:33:34 by david morley

Hupalupa wrote:

> Hello everybody:
>
> A guy is selling an Ibanez FA-700. It's a kind of copy of an L-5,
> with solid (not laminated) back and front. It's 25 years old, but the
> wood is fine and it sounds very well. However, I would have to change
> the tailpeace and the pickups, and perhaps the tuning pegs. He wants
> 1500 euro ($1830), and it seems too much to me for that guitar!!!
>
> I was thinking in Benedetto pickups and tailpeace to replace the
> originals, but, the question is: will they be compatible?, perhaps I
> could not put those pieces in that guitar.
>
> Please help!!
>
> Thank you
>

That seems top end to me, but they are desireable guitars...
I would pay 1000 euros, but I'm mean ;)
No idea about the pickups etc. Sorry..

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#3: Re: Ibanez FA-700

Posted on 2005-09-23 12:49:40 by Mark.C.Guest

Old Ibanez guitars were well made, if a little heavy. I would not
assume that the tuners and PUs would need to be replaced. The tailpiece
is probably a cosmetic issue, but again, I would expect original
equipment to be sturdy and well-built. I can't comment of the price,
because guitars cost less in the US.

Best,

Mark Guest

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#4: Re: Ibanez FA-700

Posted on 2005-09-23 16:47:58 by Peter Grey

I have a FA 700 with a Benedetto tailpiece that was installed by an previous
owner. Its a fine guitar. In fact, I think it's the equal of any L5 I've
played with the exception of maybe one or two. Weight-wise, it falls in the
middle of the Gibson L5s I've played, and seems to be lighter than all of
the new ones - even the one pickup models. I'm not sure why you would want
to change the pickups, tailpiece and tuners, but it's pretty easily doable.
The pickup (Super 80s I think) and tuners on my guitar are great. The
tailpiece was on the guitar when I bought it so I can't compare the before
and after sound and can't comment on the difficulty of getting it mounted,
but it looks straight forward enough.

I paid $1500 for my guitar about three or four years ago and probably
overpaid. Having said that, these guitars are rare. If you like it, I
don't know what you'll find that costs as little and sounds as good. I
played a LOT of guitars before buying this one and I've played a lot of
guitars since, and I'm still as happy with it as the day I bought it.

Peter
--
www.MachinedThings.net

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&gt; Hello everybody:
&gt;
&gt; A guy is selling an Ibanez FA-700. It's a kind of copy of an L-5, with
&gt; solid (not laminated) back and front. It's 25 years old, but the wood is
&gt; fine and it sounds very well. However, I would have to change the
&gt; tailpeace and the pickups, and perhaps the tuning pegs. He wants 1500 euro
&gt; ($1830), and it seems too much to me for that guitar!!!
&gt;
&gt; I was thinking in Benedetto pickups and tailpeace to replace the
&gt; originals, but, the question is: will they be compatible?, perhaps I could
&gt; not put those pieces in that guitar.
&gt;
&gt; Please help!!
&gt;
&gt; Thank you
&gt;

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#5: Re: Ibanez FA-700

Posted on 2005-09-23 19:49:57 by Peter Grey

Also, I think the top is solid and the sides and back are ply.

Peter
www.MachinedThings.net
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&gt;I have a FA 700 with a Benedetto tailpiece that was installed by an
&gt;previous owner. Its a fine guitar. In fact, I think it's the equal of any
&gt;L5 I've played with the exception of maybe one or two. Weight-wise, it
&gt;falls in the middle of the Gibson L5s I've played, and seems to be lighter
&gt;than all of the new ones - even the one pickup models. I'm not sure why
&gt;you would want to change the pickups, tailpiece and tuners, but it's pretty
&gt;easily doable. The pickup (Super 80s I think) and tuners on my guitar are
&gt;great. The tailpiece was on the guitar when I bought it so I can't compare
&gt;the before and after sound and can't comment on the difficulty of getting
&gt;it mounted, but it looks straight forward enough.
&gt;
&gt; I paid $1500 for my guitar about three or four years ago and probably
&gt; overpaid. Having said that, these guitars are rare. If you like it, I
&gt; don't know what you'll find that costs as little and sounds as good. I
&gt; played a LOT of guitars before buying this one and I've played a lot of
&gt; guitars since, and I'm still as happy with it as the day I bought it.
&gt;
&gt; Peter
&gt; --
&gt; www.MachinedThings.net
&gt;
&gt; &quot;Hupalupa&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:hupalupa2000&#64;yahoo.es" target="_blank">hupalupa2000&#64;yahoo.es</a>&gt; wrote in message
&gt; news:<a href="mailto:4333CDFD.809&#64;yahoo.es..." target="_blank">4333CDFD.809&#64;yahoo.es...</a>
&gt;&gt; Hello everybody:
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; A guy is selling an Ibanez FA-700. It's a kind of copy of an L-5, with
&gt;&gt; solid (not laminated) back and front. It's 25 years old, but the wood is
&gt;&gt; fine and it sounds very well. However, I would have to change the
&gt;&gt; tailpeace and the pickups, and perhaps the tuning pegs. He wants 1500
&gt;&gt; euro ($1830), and it seems too much to me for that guitar!!!
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; I was thinking in Benedetto pickups and tailpeace to replace the
&gt;&gt; originals, but, the question is: will they be compatible?, perhaps I
&gt;&gt; could not put those pieces in that guitar.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Please help!!
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; Thank you
&gt;&gt;
&gt;
&gt;

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