Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Re: Making sure an Ibby isn't stolen
Personally, if the guy's shady, I wouldn't buy it, point blank.
as far as tracking one, unless it's really unique, you'd have nearly a 1 in 10,000,000 shot of finding one. The only reason I found mine was because it was Root Beer Metallic, with 2 EMG's and a disconnected middle pickup, and with several dents/dings. As far as I know, that color was only ever offered one year, and only ever on the 570, so tracking it down was actually doable.
But say it's a laser blue 770, or something else that was mass produced for several years, it would be nearly impossible to track it, even WITH the serial number.
Not every pawn shop reports serial/descriptions to the police like they should, nor do they all follow the law regarding the "30 day wait period" (some states/countries may vary, though this is Arizona we're talking about specifically).
Ironically, I haven't even seen the 1527 that the OP is talking about on CL, but I also haven't seen any posts about one being stolen either.