Since you guys were in on the search I thought you should be some of the first to hear... I found my j100! It's a '93 Centennial Edition in Tobacco Burst!
(I have pix... Can someone tell me how to include them?)
We've all heard the used car story that goes something like this: "It was driven on overcast Sundays only (to church of course) by a 90 year old grandmother!" This is the guitar version of that story, except the 90 year old lady never got the car out of the garage! The older fella I bought it from bought it in 1994, put it in the closet and never learned to play! Since 1994 he has taken the guitar out three times, each time taking it down to the guitar shop and having them change the strings, only to return back to the closet, never finding the time to even learn. He even has two grandsons, who he tried to give the guitar to and they weren't interested. So I now have this 1993 unplayed J100!
It gets even better than this. His dad bought him a brand new ES225 T in 1958 for $200. You guessed it...it's been in the closet since 1958 never played. I'm not an electric guy, nor did I have the $4,700 he was asking for it! My guess is he would take quite a bit less and it is undoubtedly worth every penny and then some.
I will say I had followed the advice of many of you and extended my search to include Hummingbirds as well. I was also determined to only buy what I could put my hands on and play first (I drove almost 4 hours to play this one)... And I must say this one plays like a dream! The downside is that it has not benefited from 25 + years of being played and broken in. The upside is I get to do all the breaking in myself!