Second hand Ibanez FGM 100 DY

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  1. OmegaSlayer

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    So, I found this Ibanez FGM100 DY for € 599,00.
    It's one of the guitars I absolutely wanted to have when I was 15.
    I played it and I found it amazing...I still remember the feeling.
    Now I found one for the price I mentioned earlier.

    The store sells it for a FGM300, but it's clearly not, the 300 has pearl sharkfins inlays, this one has yellow sharkfins, so it's the 100.
    The guitar though is not in perfect shape, decent but not perfect.
    The body has no kind of dings or dents, almost perfect.
    The cap of the switch and the tremolo cover on the back are missing and the knobs are a little worn out.
    No case.
    Then comes the "bad" stuff.
    The Lo-Pro Edge is very worn out, not damaged or not working but really worn out, like on my JEM 777, it basically shows that it's a 20 years old guitar that has been played.
    The frets are at the minimum, they are levelled (professionally levelled, I can clearly tell) but they're very very very thin.

    So, what I ask you guys, is...would you pick it up?
    The guitar needs at least € 350,00 of new Edge + refret + purchasing missing parts + another € 100-150,00 to buy an official Ibanez case (because I'm like that, but that could come later).
    I know the guys from the store, so I could eventually try to trade in a JS100 that I never used loads (my mistake, I had to pick a JS1000 instead of saving money) and see if I can get some discount...
    What would you guys do?

    Is the price right considering the amount of work that the guitar requires?
    I shall also add that I still need to refret and buy a new Edge my JEM77...so I could have both the guitars done from the same luthier for a discount.
     
  2. Petar Bogdanov

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    I'd buy it and rock it like it is. Short frets aren't going to be a problem, until the next time it needs levelled, and you can restore the Lo-Pro to a certain extent.
     
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    Can you put a price on the experience of owning something you have always wanted?
     
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    Maybe I should go and try it, and talk a bit to the owner.
    Frets are really almost invisible, less than a Telecaster...
    How would you restore the Edge?
    Any tip?

    That's a really wise argument.

    Thanks to both of you :D
     
  5. Petar Bogdanov

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    Depends on how bad it is. If it's only moderately corroded, I would take it apart and buff it out with Autosol.
     
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    I'd definitely buy it. Those FGM Models usually don't go that cheap from what I've seen in the past and even with an old looking edge lo pro its still probably a workhorse. Id just make sure the knife edges aren't worn out.
     
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    Get the guitar and work on it. If you give them your JS100, it'll make it a bit cheaper, so think about it. Change the frets and be happy!
     
  8. OmegaSlayer

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    Those are worn out for sure.
    The bridge has 20+ years and it "sits" strange.
    The upper bridge post is higher, but it doesn't look solid.
    I haven't played it, I know how that guitar plays, I just kept it in hand for 2 minutes checking stuff.
    Now that I think of it...and this needs an Ibby specialist...the FGM100 has the tools (allen keys) on the back of the headstock, this one hasn't...hm...
    The serial clearly says Made In Japan...
    I must go check it again.
     
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    At home
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    NGD and pics after a bit of Honeymoon
     
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    Wow. Congrats!
     
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