Re: JEM BSB
If you bought her to play her then it really doesn't really matter, the condition that would bring the highest price will be lost due to wear and tear. Unless the guitar was owned by the artist him/herself.
If it is in excellent condition (except for the inlays) and future value is the chance you want to take then, in most cases, the original factory set up is what will give the guitar the most value. Value to me is a crap shoot, it is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, or how cheap someone is wiling to let it go, how badly someone wants it and what the available supply is. This applies to everything no matter what you're buying or selling.
Let's face it we all want the "found it a barn for $50.00 deal". To me it's guys like Rich Harris (click the swirley banner above) and his " I have one, here it is, this is what it costs and don't ask to buy it for less" attitude that preserves the value of these guitars for myself and others who have made an investment, not just financialy but in general.
Sorry I'm getting way off topic here.... I'll get into this in another thread, another day.
Personally I love the BSB. Yes, I do own one, she's a real beauty, to me the BSB is one of the more appealing JEMS made. As far as playability awesome guitar. So whether you play her or admire her..... enjoy her!!