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Hello guys,

I'm looking for some friendly advice. Just now, an Ibanez JEM SK from '88 popped for sale locally. The guy claims to have bought it from the original owner and it has seen some playing but is in decent shape. Neck and frets according to the seller are in ok/good shape. Has a crack below the nut as someone has overtightened it and a cracked in paint, and a few extra strap button holes in the frame. Hardware seems to be original to my eye. Comes in a non-JEM Ibanez case.

What do you think would be a reasonable price if I would buy it to accompany my BFP?

Thanks a lot in advance for any advice given :)

A link to the pictures of the guitar. https://drive.google.com/open?id=13vy0WPvlqpRU-kl4lwXImna2DnCyg5FI
 

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Hi, this is a player/project axe for sure. Cost is emotional when you factor a RG550 Genesis is a better ibanez player superstrat PURCHASE at $900 new with warranty (open box @ MF $799). So whatever more you want to pay - up to alternate great condition JEMs like cheap used VWHs - is purely what you want to pay not what resale value is by any guarantee.

CONS:
heavily played
no pickups
no strings (is the neck warped, fixed backbow, etc.?)
huge chips by output jack
headstock crack
wrong strap button
2nd owner - who cares and what real proof?
etc.

PROS:
Uniform, non very faded or yellowed SK (need better pics to be certain).
Pink Bubble gum color (not the magenta-y color on new SKs).
Already played w/ battle scars

You'd pass for sure if the neck is warped, stuck in backbow and probably if it needs a total refret. The seller must realize the market is limited and people who want to pay a lot for a pink jem want really clean ones or can get a new 30th. Good luck.
 

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Hi, this is a player/project axe for sure. Cost is emotional when you factor a RG550 Genesis is a better ibanez player superstrat PURCHASE at $900 new with warranty (open box @ MF $799). So whatever more you want to pay - up to alternate great condition JEMs like cheap used VWHs - is purely what you want to pay not what resale value is by any guarantee.

CONS:
heavily played
no pickups
no strings (is the neck warped, fixed backbow, etc.?)
huge chips by output jack
headstock crack
wrong strap button
2nd owner - who cares and what real proof?
etc.

PROS:
Uniform, non very faded or yellowed SK (need better pics to be certain).
Pink Bubble gum color (not the magenta-y color on new SKs).
Already played w/ battle scars

You'd pass for sure if the neck is warped, stuck in backbow and probably if it needs a total refret. The seller must realize the market is limited and people who want to pay a lot for a pink jem want really clean ones or can get a new 30th. Good luck.
That no strings situation had me worried as well, for the reasons mentioned. I asked the seller a some more info and it has not had strings since the winter. (which in Finnish standards could mean last month) at first he wanted offers on it but apparently he wants 1100€ for it now. Which in my opinion given the condition is a bit much.

But thanks for the input, I think I'll let someone else have it.
 

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If I were you, I`d take it.

The last offer prices at eBay and reverb (last 4 years) were: 3000, 3000, 5000, 2850, 2600, 2500, 4950, 2125, 2290, 3600, 7000, 3787, 2290, 1399, 2400, 3500, 1300, 2899, 2691, 5490 (all prices €). We collected these offers for our Ibanez JEM-Book.

The neck is nice bright, the pink original diMarzio pickups are offered from time to time at eBay, the only problem is the headstock crack. I never saw a original 777 replacement-neck.
 
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