Well, seller had to re-list, but included more pics this time. Someone bought-out the auction for $2500 within just a few hours: IBANEZ J CUSTOM 7 STRING GUITAR IN MINT CONDITION !!!
I was bummed, until IbanezDaemon came through with some information for me, since the seller posted pics with the serial number--15078
--this time. Turns out, this guitar passed through Rich's hands and he has a number of pics of it on his site. Though in good condition, it definitely isn't "mint" as the seller describes.
I think the buyer is going to be a little disappointed when it arrives. After seeing those pics, I'm SO glad I didn't pull the trigger.