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JS5 Prototype - LA070791 - Near Mint - The is one of the 3 JS5 samples painted by other artists, this one was painted by Pedro Cruz who painted many of the USAC guitars for Ibanez. Even though these were samples they are and were sold by Ibanez as JS5's and must always be considered JS5's. The other 2 guitars have never surfaced. This painting is exceptionally beautiful and realistic. Pedro even painted the tops of the pickups to blend in with the painting. Fred purchased this from Toys From The Attic, who had Joe sign it on the arm contour and then clearcoated it, in their eyes making it ultimately more collectible. Pedro painted the beautiful forest over a deep green pearl base which shimmers in the light. Condition of the body is Mint except for the noted over-clear. There was a scuff thru of the original painting before LA cleared the guitar on the bottom side, with another small scuff near. There is an area of clearcoat missing from the back of the neck at the 10th that defies explanation, and a couple line impression in the back of the neck. There is some paint that has flaked off the bridge pickup as painting on wax is never ideal. No fretwear or signs of play, this guitar was never a player. Because this was an LACS build for Joe the neck is a "JS Pro" built by LA and the control cavity is copper shielded as all LACS builds of the time were. The body appears to be stamped JS1 and would be Fujigen cut. The plate number is 1 off the JS4 Prototype I own and 3 off Joes Rainforest. It is in its original M150 case with period description tag and Freds control identification. **$12,500**
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