Times are rough, and with only a JEM 77FP and UV777WH left, the FP loses
It is in beautiful shape, except...
First fret height seems just shy of the second fret. Truss relief is set a little shy of flat, action is good. Only the first and second string are affected. I cannot find a local place that can properly replace the one fret and level it. The frets are in EXCELLENT shape, should not need a refret for years. Suggestions? Should I sell it and just mention this? How much should I take off the price for something like this?
Second issue: The stress cracks by the neck on the body, in the pockets, that are oh-so-common; one side is pretty long, and it looks like the previous owner scratched at it for some reason. No chips to the wood. Any way to buff it out or is this going to require a partial refinish in the one horn/neck area? (I can take pics) How much would this reduce the price?
Last thing! The finish on the back of the neck was removed. It has NOT been shaved at all, just lightly sanded. I was planning on hitting it with 0000 steel wool, and possibly oiling it lightly. Or, leave it alone?
Otherwise, it is in excellent shape, all original (except the strap buttons I think, and no whammy bar). Trem springs feel a little worn, but the bridge and posts are in excellent shape as well. Not a player shape guitar by far..VERY far from being player condition; but not collector shape either I think. Light scratching on the back (lighter than typical Levi's jeans copper rivet scratches.. or maybe cose to that)
I think part of me is posting this in hopes I can convince myself to not sell it. I dreamed of having one when they came out, and once I got one, I simply could not bring myself to play it much. Not to boo-hoo and "whoa is me" it too much, but this is the last JEM I have. I loved the idea of JEMs, but always preferred those first runs of the RG's (550, 560, 570 FTW!!!) with maple boards; wish they had done an ebony (yes, I owned a VWH.. miss it too)
Wow- that was a wicked long post. (sigh) Fair price? "I'll be patient" price? Or should I get those things taken care of first? Non-original case, but it is an Ibanez JEM case.