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Hello dear JEM community,

it happened this way that some years ago I purchased a used Ibanez JEM7V-wh, then I kinda lost contact with the guitar and music in general and now I am back on it!
I have the following problem and I would appreciate if someone could help me out; my JEM has a slightly erased serial number on the headstock, where only the last digit can be seen. It should have been produced somewhere between 2000 and 2009, but I cannot be sure.

To prevent any side discussion;
1. the guitar is original, I got this confirmed by a professional and even without that, it sounds like an original. I am not super advanced, but I can tell if a 2,5k guitar is genuine or a crappy replica.
2. the guitar was not stolen or anything, it's just in my country (Southeastern Europe, let's not call names here :grin2: ) there was this idiotic/criminal thing that shop owners used to import Ibanez instruments from other European countries, even though there was an exclusive distribution agreement with a specific shop. The result? Some bright shop owners used to scratch off/erase a part of the serial number, so that the instruments could not be identified and thus cause them any problems for importing.

Long story short, the JEM has no full serial number on the headstock. And my question; is there any other place where I could find any information engraved in the instrument? Inside the body or where the neck and body meet? If not, would I be able to track the instrument anyhow through the officlal Ibanez side without getting in trouble?

Thanks in advance, guys! :grin2:
Cheers,
Nick
 

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Hello again,

I have a limited number of photos, as the guitar is at my parents' house right now and I am trapped away because of the whole covid-19 story.
Anyway, I hope they can help! Any help will be much appreciated. :grin2:

Thanks again and stay safe.
Nick
 

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From the photos it appears to be a 2005 to 2009 model (Edge Pro trem, 5 piece neck construction and what looks like a lovely rosewood board :) )

There should be a model number designation stamp on the neck heel and the neck pocket if you disassemble the guitar, but it won't have the actual serial number anywhere else other than the back of the headstock.
 

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Wow guys, thanks for the quick replies! I appreciate your help!

There should be a model number designation stamp on the neck heel and the neck pocket if you disassemble the guitar, but it won't have the actual serial number anywhere else other than the back of the headstock.
So with the model number I can only find out exactly which model it is (which year), but the serial number is gone for good, right? No chance of restoring the information through Ibanez or anything? Do not really know how extensive their databases are.
Do you think it is worth disassembling the guitar? Keep in mind I am really not experienced with guitars in a technical level apart from electronics.

In any case, thanks a lot, guys! I am not really planning to sell a guitar like this but I got curious about some more details of it and without the serial number you cannot really do much... :nerd:
 

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Wow guys, thanks for the quick replies! I appreciate your help!

So with the model number I can only find out exactly which model it is (which year), but the serial number is gone for good, right? No chance of restoring the information through Ibanez or anything? Do not really know how extensive their databases are.
Do you think it is worth disassembling the guitar? Keep in mind I am really not experienced with guitars in a technical level apart from electronics.

In any case, thanks a lot, guys! I am not really planning to sell a guitar like this but I got curious about some more details of it and without the serial number you cannot really do much... :nerd:
I don't think you can even track the year from the info on the guitar without the serial number. it'll probably just say "JEM-7V" if we open it up. I personally wouldn't bother.

I literally can't think of any way that Ibanez, or the distributors can tell you more that we've pieced together already, but if you're not selling it, there's no worries :)
 

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There is an "edition" number on the body, I've never kept track but when they make a change, say LO to EP, it would go from 2 to 3, or whatever the actual numbers are. but without a database [there isn't] and even that would only narrow it down to about the same range as Leviathus posted.
 
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