must have been a common mod. It had been taken off the one in the picture before I bought it. Somebody had used a sharpie to black out the white bobbins but I cleaned it up with isopropyl alcohol. I had switched out the pickups on my first one for some Dimarzio Super Distortion but frankly I was not overwhelmed by them not exactly living up to the hype. I traded my original in 1989 for a new Les Paul Standard. I played the Ibanez for a last time went to the store got the Gibson. Came home and plugged in and within 3 minutes my mom was hollering up the stairs "You bought a new guitar, didn't you?" Even she could tell the difference.