History Of Ibanez Guitars
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
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 bassesand 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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