What About Ibanez ?

History Of Ibanez Guitars

Ibanez acoustic guitar

The beginning of Ibanez goes back to 1908. A company named Hoshino that specialized in sheet music and went on to supply music products in Nagoya Japan. But it wasn’t till the 60’s when Hoshino bought the rights to a Spanish made guitar called Ibanez that they had been distributing. They started shipping inexpensive guitars to the United States. and broke into The U S market.

Opened Office In Philidelphia

Back around the 70’s Hoshino opened an office by Philadelphia Pa to be able to be more efficient distributors in the U S. These guitars became known as good copies of many well-known brands. American company quality was in decline and it opened a market for good quality guitars even if they were copies.

Ibanez Begins Their Own Designs

Ibanez began making their own designs and had famous guitar players such as George Benson, a famous jazz guitarist, Bob Wier of the Grateful Dead, Paul Stanley of Kiss active in designs. George Benson with Hollow body electrics and Bob Wier and Paul Stanley with a solid body “Ibanez electric guitars.” many of these early original designs are now ” Ibanez vintage guitars.”

Ibanez Leaves Copies Behind

In the mid 70’s a major American guitar company tired of the copies and sued Ibanez. Although the suit was successful Ibanez had already made the transition to there own original designs. With a reputation as a quality manufacturer of reasonably priced guitars.

Ibanez Electric Guitars

Playing Guitar is Hot

With the continuing growth of rock music, Ibanez collaborated with players such as Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. Today Ibanez is still on the cutting edge of hard rock and considered the standard for rock guitars.

The Jazz Guitars

Because of collaboration with George Benson, Pat Metheny and John Schofield. Ibanez is well positioned in the Jazz genre with models of semi-acoustic arch top electrics. Their Artcore line of “arch top jazz guitars” is a very affordable, high-quality brand of Jazz and blues guitars.

Ibanez Bass Guitar

Ibanez is also a top seller of bass guitars. Back in the 70’s and 80’s they offered neck-through musician basses with electronics. Today they are a front runner with 4, 5, and 6 string basses and are futuristic with luthite-bodied Ergodynes. I don’t play base but have been trying them out at music stores and found an Ibanez acoustic electric that played well for about $200. I read some reviews of buyers and they all thought it was better quality than the price.

I also read reviews on the luthite-body bass. It is made of composite material.
Of four or five that I read they all preferred wood. They didn’t like the sound and composite is much heavier.

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8 thoughts on “What About Ibanez ?

  • April 7, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Hi martstervt,

    been playing guitar myself for about 9 years now, loved your article.

    I have never gone for the Ibanez, I find they are too plain in their sound. I have always been a fan of the 70’s stratocaster FUNK sound myself 😀

    The article is well written here also, your character shines through as I read!


    • April 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Hi Mark, thanks for your comment on Ibanez. I think you get what you pay for. For the money Ibanez gives a lot
      of value. It also depends on the individual guitar. With acoustics, I would prefer a rosewood Gibson, Martin, Taylor or any number of other quality makes. But then you are talking 1000’s of $s.
      I play a lower end Gibson Les Paul that I like. I play with fingers and always seemed to knock the 6th string out of the groove on a Strat. My strings are a little high so I can play slide. I love the humbucker sound.
      Again thanks for stopping by,


  • March 15, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    I use to have an Ibanez electric guitar.

    It was one of their cheaper models – just a couple of hundred dollars if I remember rightly.

    The model was the RG270. For a lower priced instrument it was a great guitar. Intonation was always good, stayed in tune well, especially with the floyd rose bridge – and the humbuckers were great for the type of music I was playing at the time.

    This was my first guitar – so Ibanez will always be a brand that I’m fond of.

    • March 15, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks for commenting Nathan. I have seen many young players playing Ibanez and I decided to take a look at the company. I like their Artcore series of semi or hollowbody guitars. Pat Methaney annd George Benson both have helped design Artcore series guitars.

  • March 15, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    This is a great read,

    I’m a beginner guitar player and my acoustic is an Ibanez.

    I had no idea of their history. All I knew prior to reading this article was the guitar players who I like who play Ibanez.

    I’d love to get a hold of a seven string, but seeing as that I’m a beginner I first need to learn how to play a 6 string. Baby steps.

    • March 15, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Hi Curt, I think Ibanez is one of a few companies that gives real value for your money. Their guitars are good for beginners as well as experienced guitar players. You are welcome to look around my site and I would be happy to answer any questions. Thank you for your comment.

  • February 27, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Wow great little history lesson about the legendary company! Interesting how its history involves Japanese creators using Spanish design in America! We are a melting pot indeed! So, what about Ibanez now? Have they stayed true to their long history? I see good and bad about them everywhere. I saw most people with the basic Gio series but what about Ibanez Artcore? I love that look. Very classy in my opinion. Love to hear your thoughts on them!

    • February 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Ibanez seems to change with the times. They were a step ahead when the went to their own designs from making copies. Their strategy to have well-known pros help in the design of affordable guitars is brilliant. I think overall as a company they produce affordable quality guitars. I like the Artcore (hollow body arch top) design and would like to add one to my arsenal. Thanks for your comment Jon.

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