Hi, I'm a newby, but I've read through hours of your JS
posts--they are educational and fascinating (I've saved quite a few questions & responses for future reference on Zip disks).
My question relates to an excellent condition Black Pearl JS
1000 that I recently acquired. The neck serial number (the real one according to Rich) is #F98 500xx ("X's" being other numbers of course), and the neck plate is #0060xx. Based on posts I've read, this means:
(1) My JS1000 is the "0060xx" Japanese JS
(2) My JS1000 was made in 1998 ("F98.....").
(3) My JS1000 was the "500xx" Ibanez made in 1998.
Am I right? If not, please correct me.
Problem is Ibanez did NOT make any Black Pearl JS1000's in 1998, just Black Pearl JS900's. However, my JS1000 is literally, totally, 100%, genuine, bona-fide, & completely a JS1000 (every single current 2002 JS1000 feature & spec in the book). There is absolutely no doubt mine is a JS1000.
My guess is that either the Neck was made in 1998 and mated to my Black Pearl JS1000 in 1999, or my entire Black Pearl JS1000 was made in late 1998 as a 1999 model (similar to what car makers do when they tool up in the fall for next year's production). So actually, despite what the neck serial number says, my JS1000 is actually a *1999* model.
Again, am I right?
Does anyone have any thoughts or comments? All would be appreciated. Thanks!!