Where is everyone finding these NOS ibanez guitars?! Looks so clean!
Care to share some more photo's?
There's always some luck involved in buying a guitar online. I saw only a few pictures before I made an offer, and it turned out well.
But I also think there's a sort of a pattern to buying used guitars. When I first started getting into JEMs (the late 1990s), you could get a 777DY or SK for a pittance. It was the height of post-grunge awfulness (and the start of nu-metal's reign of terror). Anything that looked vaguely 80s was painfully uncool, and people were snapping up those JEMs for $500-900 on the 'bay. A lot of them got hideous black and navy amateur refinishes. Those guitars were about 10-15 years old. Nowadays, those kids from the 80s are hitting middle age, they've got disposable income, and they're chasing their childhood favorites. In the process, they drive up the prices. Those same DYs and SKs are commanding a bit more than $500.
Now, when I look for deals on the 'bay, I'm looking at guitars from those late 90s and early 2000s. Old Talmans, sparkle 517s, early 7-string RGs--they're pretty well at the bottom of the depreciation curve.
Remember when bands like P.O.D. and Staind were popular? When every band with self-loathing lyrics and de-tuned chugga-chugga riffs was on TRL? They played a lot of 7-strings and PRS guitars got huge. If I were a fan of those instruments, I'd be looking for similar deals on guitars from that era. How many people are lining up to buy a Mark Tremonti guitar or a K7 these days? I bet deals are to be had.