Today I finally bought my first Jem, an '88 or '89 floral pattern. And very nice it is too.
Pics will follow as soon as the battery of my camera is charged.
The serial number on the neck plate is 890733, would that make it an '88 (like with the early F x xxxxx number on the headstock where the just the first digit denotes the year) or an '89? There is no serial number on the headstock by the way.
It is very used, with some small chips and dings, lots of finish wear to the cosmo parts, and of course a neck pocket crack and a well-worn neck plate. The back of the neck has also been colored with age, and for some reason you can feel the scarf joint (like a small ridge, hopefully this is nothing to worry about?).
The thing is, it has recently had its frets leveled, and it has been set up perfectly. The trem has never been used (which I think I can tell from the way the arm has no free play whatsoever) and returns to pitch perfectly every time from all the way up or all the way down.
One odd thing is the vine inlays. I thought they were supposed to be opaque green plastic, but on this guitar they are clear plastic, with the green surface set somewhat into the neck. Is this normal?
Anyway, that didn't stop me from taking it home with me. It looks amazing, and if anything the wear makes it look even better. Like I said, pictures will follow as soon as the camera is charged. Right now I am going to play with it a little more.