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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-03-2011, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Price check: isle 1983!

Ok, so I go into a pawn shop yesterday and lo-and-behold is a -very- lovely vintage AS-200.

The AAA flame maple everything on it is gorgeous, and while I am uninterested in purchasing it for my personal Ibanez collection, I intend to appraise it for the guy so he can fair market it for someone else because it has been dropped. (I had seen it there before on consignment for $1700 and thought it a bit high). I checked the serial numbers and it's a 1983 (serial B83xxxx), finish is vintage violin (obiously looks more like Gibson's tobacco sunburts on those older 'nezes) and has the original hardcase and gold hardware in all ultra-mint 9.5-9.7/10 shape.

The downside: It was recently dropped and the bottom edge and the binding has a minor scratch that goes down into the wood (apx 1 1/5 inch wide) and 2 dings in the font of the body about the size of a pink finger that only go into the lacquer. Also some punk kid stole 3 of the 4 original speed knobs. I've seen 1 other AS-200 that was drilled for a roland synth on auction for $1900 but that seemed too high too.

Anyone have some reasonable estimates, these more vintage Ibanezes arent my thing, really.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-03-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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Re: Price check: isle 1983!

*aisle*, I thought you had found and island (isle) called 1983.

It sounds like a pretty cool guitar, though I have no idea what its worth and there's no way i'd pay anywhere close to $1700...
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Derp. Yeah, me being a grammar nazi, I should have could that one... *facepalm*

When I go back to actually play it, i'm going to bring my Mesa Mark III, so maybe it will actually be an island of tone...from the jazz forums I read that the 58 pickups are superior to the Super 58's in the AS-195's...but I can't say yea or nay just yet. They do have a Gibson LP studio with duncans there that I can do a shootout with though!
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Derp. Yeah, me being a grammar nazi, I should have could that one... *facepalm*
LOL.....

Anyway, I think your best bet would be to check out the Ibanez collector's world forum. Those guy's know a LOT about the pre '86 guitars.

http://www.ibanezcollectors.com/cgi-....cgi?pg=topics
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#$*&^#$ I meant to say "caught"...sorry been fighting with the ball and chain today...had alot on my mind. Thanks, RGT.
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No problem bud!! I needed the giggle anyway, thank you for that (rough day here too)
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Re: Price check: isle 1983!

Do you have pics? And $1700 is insane.
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Re: Price check: isle 1983!

Meestersparkle has sold several in this condition at $1500-$1700. For whatever reason they sell higher than JSM, which I personally like better. But I've seen brand new JSM's sell under $1500.
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It seemed to be a consensus opinion that 13-15 was a fair price, despite it's now banged condition. The first time I layed eyes on this guitar, it was *dead* mint. I mean 10/10 mint. It didn't shock me, but it may have others. I think the price shocked me more, since I wouldn't have payed more than 1000 really, but apparently it sounds more hellatious than a ES355. I'm going to go play it later today with my amp, and if it's worth it make an offer on it or at least take pics for brokering it.
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