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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-03-2020, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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I just saw an 89 77fp with a s stamped on the neck & plate... How much cheaper were these when they came out? Did JS have factory 2nds too?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-03-2020, 05:04 PM
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Yes, that's the way they used to mark them, sometimes on the plate also.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2020, 11:22 AM
 
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Interesting! I didn't know they even had factory seconds. What makes a guitar a factory second anyway?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2020, 11:27 AM
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Interesting! I didn't know they even had factory seconds. What makes a guitar a factory second anyway?
It tends to be anything that would stop a guitar from being sold as a mint brand new guitar. So things like finish cracks, small chips and blemishes, that sort of thing.
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I guess I've known that, seeing guitars for sale from online music stores, i.e., blemish, chips, scratches, etc. but I thought those were discounted guitars
from shipping accidents or played in their showrooms, etc. I didn't think the actual manufacturer would release their products with known defects. What
really surprised me was seeing that photo from Jamesalister of his JEM 77FP with a #2 stamped on the fretboard at 20th fret. I've just never seen that before.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2020, 06:26 PM
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I think, but am by no means sure, that it tends to be the distributor that determines which are seconds and are often returns from stores who want a perfect instrument to sell.
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