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Hello everyone! I had inherited a guitar from a cousin who passed a few years ago that was shockingly pink and featured a carrying handle. At the time, I thought nothing of it and stowed it away in a light gig bag in my guitar room (which is temp and humidity maintained).

Flash forward to now and I was cleaning some things out that I no longer use to make room for a new acoustic. I came across the guitar again and decided to look into what it was all about (it isn't sentimental to me in that way). What I have since found is a litany of sites, posts, ads, and information for what I now believe (based on what I've read) is an Ibanez JEM from the late 80s, model JEM777SK.

With that being said, local guitar shops are less than helpful at helping me in my research and often do their darndest to point out things like "The fretboard is dirty" or "The back plate is difficult to read." So, I found this website in hopes that people that are passionate about these kinds of guitars could help out or at least confirm (or deny) my thoughts on the guitar.

I've played guitar for many years now, but this is so far out of my wheelhouse that I would be a fool for not asking for support with this thing. First time posting so please let me know if I need more images or better shots or anything!

Thanks!

Joe
 

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Sorry to hear bout your cousin, but he left you an awesome guitar. I cant tell how much its worth (someone here will) but its definitely worth some decent coin. Sounds like the guitar shop you took it too are trying to rip you off... I wouldn't go near them again.
 

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Hello everyone! I had inherited a guitar from a cousin who passed a few years ago that was shockingly pink and featured a carrying handle. At the time, I thought nothing of it and stowed it away in a light gig bag in my guitar room (which is temp and humidity maintained).

Flash forward to now and I was cleaning some things out that I no longer use to make room for a new acoustic. I came across the guitar again and decided to look into what it was all about (it isn't sentimental to me in that way). What I have since found is a litany of sites, posts, ads, and information for what I now believe (based on what I've read) is an Ibanez JEM from the late 80s, model JEM777SK.

With that being said, local guitar shops are less than helpful at helping me in my research and often do their darndest to point out things like "The fretboard is dirty" or "The back plate is difficult to read." So, I found this website in hopes that people that are passionate about these kinds of guitars could help out or at least confirm (or deny) my thoughts on the guitar.

I've played guitar for many years now, but this is so far out of my wheelhouse that I would be a fool for not asking for support with this thing. First time posting so please let me know if I need more images or better shots or anything!

Thanks!

Joe
Looks real, a nice example. They're pretty valuable. Best trick to get an idea of pricing is look for completed / sold auction lots on E - Bay. Lots of people lists these sort of rarer instruments for crazy prices that don't reflect the real value. Actual ones that sold in your country will give you a better idea of price.

Then just try to compare the condition to those that sold. Things to watch out for on these ones are thin paint cracks around the neck joint and behind the nut. Some of the early ones sometimes the finish fades a little too. Trem and neckplate can tarnish with age. Otherwise it's the usual things to look for on an old guitar. Fret wear, is the neck straight etc..

It looks pretty decent from the photos.
 

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Sorry to hear bout your cousin, but he left you an awesome guitar. I cant tell how much its worth (someone here will) but its definitely worth some decent coin. Sounds like the guitar shop you took it too are trying to rip you off... I wouldn't go near them again.
Thank you! I appreciate the response and I agree, I'll probably pass on going by them again.
 

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Looks real, a nice example. They're pretty valuable. Best trick to get an idea of pricing is look for completed / sold auction lots on E - Bay. Lots of people lists these sort of rarer instruments for crazy prices that don't reflect the real value. Actual ones that sold in your country will give you a better idea of price.

Then just try to compare the condition to those that sold. Things to watch out for on these ones are thin paint cracks around the neck joint and behind the nut. Some of the early ones sometimes the finish fades a little too. Trem and neckplate can tarnish with age. Otherwise it's the usual things to look for on an old guitar. Fret wear, is the neck straight etc..

It looks pretty decent from the photos.
Thanks for the reply! Do you have any suggestions on where to sell? Does this forum have a marketplace that seems worthwhile? Or should I try eBay (never shipped a guitar before)? Some recent sells on eBay (in April of this year) were upwards of $3k - even with missing backplate, chips, and tarnished backplate. Is that normal? Or exceptional? There aren't many other options that I have found.

Thank you for the pointers! I've checked those spots and found a small hairline crack in the paint near the neck and a chip on the base of the guitar no larger than 1mm x 2.5mm.

I really appreciate you all responding!
 

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Dont worry about the hair line crack. Just about all Ibanez guitars have that.
Yep, judging buy the photo a neck pocket crack that big is no problem. Hard to find an Ibanez that age without one. Most likely it's in the paint only not the actual wood.

There is a classified section of this site.
Otherwise it's Reverb or eBay...
 
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