I want to start by saying this is my first post. I've been floating around the forum for some time now and want to say you guys have a wonderful community going on here. Now on to my question. I have the opportunity to buy a black 1990 Ibanez SR885 with the jazz style Ibanez regulated lo-z pickups and the two band eq. Four knobs (volume, balance, treble, bass). The problem is it's not currently working and will need some electrical work to get back in running order. When plugged the output level is nothing unless both eq knobs are all the way up with the volume and even the the level is so low that maxing out an amp with it plugged in yields more accoustic noise from the guitar than the amp produces. I tried replacing the battery in it with a fresh one but no luck. The owner also took the bass to a local guitar shop were he received a quote for $150 to fix it(not sure what all that entails). My question is if this would be worth my time if I could pick it up cheap and try to fix it up. I love the way the thing looks and plays but I'm having a hard time finding what they are worth. And even if the electronics are no good I figure I could throw some good passive J-pups in with either a passive 2 volume 2 tone setup or an aguilar pre-amp. Besides the electrical issues the bass is in amazing shape with only a very small indentation on the back of the body. I mentioned to the guy that I would be interested in the $100-$200 range but would do more research before giving him a final offer. What do you guys think this bass is worth on its current condition? And also for those of you that have played these basses, should I spend the time to get the stock electronics working or should I just go the aftermarket route straight away. Thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it. P.S. I hope I have followed all of the rules and things but would be glad to alter my post if I didn't. It's my first post on a forum.