I joined the forum today because I have a very unpleasant situation I would like help with.
I have an Ibanez PGM100. Serial number: F144442. I checked on this site and 2 others about the serial number and I concluded the guitar is from 1991, Fuji-gen factory. Everything in the guitar is stock except for the volume pot which I replaced once. I got it in 1995, maybe 1996; I'm not sure right now.
I have not played in years and part of my new years resolution is to start playing again. Today I checked the guitar and what I found out broke my heart... I had not used the guitar for at least 3 years and I left it in a room inside its hardshell case. (My bad, I know already). On the wall where the case was laying against I noticed there is a lot of humidity getting in through the concrete and from the ceiling. So, needless to say the humidity did a number on my guitar.
Here are the cosmetical problems I found already. I have not plugged it in yet. I'm afraid of what I might find out if I do.
1. The volume pot is stuck. Hard rock stuck. Trying to move it I ended up peeling the small teeth inside the knob.
2. The binding on the neck is not white anymore. It looks yellowish.
3. The paint is faded. The finish does not look Jewel Blue anymore. It looks almost black and the F-holes are faded too. Some areas also have some white stains that I could not remove by cleaning the instrument.
4. Obviously the hardware present some corrosion.
5. This is what bothers me the most. It is autographed by Paul Gilbert and his name and half of the letter G vanished. That made me really angry.
Here are some pictures:
Back in the day this guitar was worth $1,500.00. The re-issue is priced at the same price tag depending on the retailer.
How much is mine worth? I don't want to sell it I just want to know.
Is it any way to restore it to its former glory?
If yes... Is it worth the time, effort and money?
Please let me know your opinion. That was my main guitar for years. And my most appreciated treasure.