Just received a new axe in the mail yesterday. She's a '91 JEM777DY and has definitely been a player. She'll need a bit of restore work, but I like that kind of stuff. I typically never post pics of my guitars until I'm done with them, but Pezz from the forum asked me to post the as-received photos.
As a frame of reference, I paid $1500 for this guitar. That seems to actually be on the lower end of pricing at the time I write this thread, so you could look at this as a "what you can get for $1500" kind of thing.
I'll start by saying that this is the nastiest guitar I've ever received. I've gotten two other really dirty ones, but they were overall in better shape under all the dirt. What passed for a "setup" on this guitar was beyond laughable. The previous owner had drop tuned it half a step, but never adjusted the trem. To make matters worse, he actually added an additional trem spring in there for some reason. The next issue is that some idiot had tightened the truss rod nut so much, the neck had actually gone into back bow. Obviously this made the guitar unplayable, so to "fix" the problem, the previous owner had just raised the bridge a mile. When I finally got the neck relief corrected, got the trem to the right angle and had it tuned up in standard tuning, the strings were roughly 5mm off the top of the frets at the 24th fret. The guy said he didn't like this guitar as much as his 7VWH because he couldn't play as fast on this one. Gee, I wonder why! LOL
Anyways, on to the pics:
Neck pocket crack on bass side.
Logo overall in extremely good shape (what appears as fading in the I & b is just a reflection off the massive amount of dirt on the guitar). Truss rod cover and screws were missing.
Absolutely filthy lion's claw, missing fine tuners and trem at completely the wrong angle.
Typically poor polishing job in monkey grip has collected a ton of dirt.
A bunch of marks that are all over the back edge of the guitar and the non-original strap pin.
Edge chip. You can see the original DY color here as well as the yellowing of the clear.
Treble side neck pocket crack, assorted black marks, dirty ass neck.