~ IBANEZ facts, photos + ID thread ~

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  1. reborn old

    reborn old Senior Member

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    I thought a dedicated Ibanez thread was long overdue, since there were so many produced and exported and little mention of them in the FAQ or other forum threads.
    Hoshino Gakki is credited with putting MIJ guitars on the map in in America and Europe during the early 70's.

    Ibanez Les Pauls were briefly made at the Teisco factory until it closed in 1970, and then production was moved to Fujigen.

    Ibanez Les Pauls share common designs and a common heritage with Greco models for this reason,
    including the use of Maxon pickups.

    Some models were reportedly produced at Matsumoku, but I'm not sure when, or which models.



    Some tips to determine the year of manufacture:

    Pre 1975: Ibanez models didn't use serial numbers prior to 1975, but there are date codes on ink stamped Maxon pickups that can give owners a general idea of when their model was produced. Info on how to read date codes are discussed here : http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/oth...ta-thread-no-cork-sniffers-6.html#post3144363

    1975 -1986: The serial number on the headstock back (or neck plate for certain models) has a letter prefix (A to L) followed by a 6 digit number.
    A= Jan L= Dec. The first two numbers designate the production year, and the following 4 numbers are the guitar production number.

    1987 - 1996: The letter prefix now designates the factory where the guitar was produced, and only the first digit represents the year of production, so 7xxxxx = 1987 while 6xxxxx would be 1996.
    Manufacturers include F for Fujigen, C for Cort Korea, S for Samick Korea,
    W for world Korea and other letters for China and Indonesia produced models.

    1997 - 2010:
    Same as 1987 - 1996, but the year of manufacture prefix reverts back to two numbers, so F98xxxxx would be a 1998 model.
    Because of this, the numeric portion becomes 7 digits.

    There were serial format changes from 2011 onwards for certain models.

    Exceptions: Cort and other non Japanese factory numbers can vary in length.
    There are other format variations for non Les Paul models.

    Neck plate numbers: generally numeric, with no letter prefix and the first two numbers designate the production year.

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    Catalog links: Ibanez Catalogs
     
  2. stratlt

    stratlt Senior Member

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    My Ibanez 2350 Les Paul from 1976. Bridge and mashine heads not original.
    Everything else is original, including super 70 pickups and case. Interesting guitar, but sounds like shit to me. I also have Ibanez Musician MC-150 from 1981. Much better....

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    rayspang Senior Member

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    Its unusual for someone to say a guitar with super 70's sounds like shit. what type of music do you play?
     
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    brokentoeswalker Senior Member

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    I've got an old January of '86 AS-80, Super 58's are crisp and have a nice punch to them, real snappy.

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    reborn old Senior Member

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    I love Super 58's too.

    Nice 335's BTW !
     
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    brokentoeswalker Senior Member

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    Hey, thanks for the thread, i would never have known mine was the last year they made them all in Japan. Thanks for sharin' the love and the knowledge.
     
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  7. stratlt

    stratlt Senior Member

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    Pickups does not play alone and birch plywood top is not the best tone wood for electric guitar. As I said the bridge is not original and very cheap. I think this can also affect the sound ... Someday I will put a better bridge and I hope that the result will be better.
    I know that some of the later versions of this guitar has been with Gibraltar bridges (as Ibanez Artist and Musician). Those bridges come with brass saddles and it would be interesting to try the guitar with this bridge.
    Also please not forget that Ibanez 2350 has bolt on neck and this also affect the sound.
     
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    space Senior Member

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    Ibanez Musicians MC500 80 and 81 with aMC40 78 in the middle
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    Pre Serial 2375
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    81 MC3000
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    81 AS100
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    81 mc150 78 mc40 and 78mc 500
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    78 ST300
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    Back row:AR500, 2617,ar100,ar500
    front row 2622 78 thru 79
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    From Left 2629, sa100, es330
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    PF 150
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    78 mc200
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    82 am75
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    78 2630
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    77 2651
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    77 2651
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    Thats most of them
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  9. reborn old

    reborn old Senior Member

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    Wow, what a collection !

    Thanks for posting pics. :)
     
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  10. hardangerfjol

    hardangerfjol Senior Member

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    great thread, great posts, hope to be able to contribute in the near future.

    i own a number of les paul type copies by hohner, inka and ibanez.

    h.
     
  11. rayspang

    rayspang Senior Member

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    My Deluxe 59er

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  12. space

    space Senior Member

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    A couple more pics I have found
    FG100 82
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    AR300 80 with the 2651 77
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    81 RS 100
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    MC 300 78
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    AND A LITTLE ARTIST PORN (NOT MINE)
    I bring you the Ring Of Artists
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  13. hardangerfjol

    hardangerfjol Senior Member

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    i am crap at searching the forum (hope to improve over time).

    here s a basic question: what year was the round lettered headstock script last used ?

    hope to post pictures of my ibanez custom vee soon... thanks all ! h.
     
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    rayspang Senior Member

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    I think the logo change was in the 1979-1980 time frame but I'm not positive. Actually there are newer Ibanez guitars with the old script style. ( Jet King models)
     
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    hardangerfjol Senior Member

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    it crossed my mind too about possible later reissues and such with old style script logos.
    there is no serial number but i am pretty sure mine is an old one, so far i have found custom vee models in ibanez catalogs from 1970, 1975 and 1976.

    h.
     
  16. reborn old

    reborn old Senior Member

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    Not mine, but thought I would post this '72-'73 model 2393.
     

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    Great older thread, hope you don't mind me bringing it back but I wanted to add my early 70's 2351 goldtop. I think it's a 71-72 based on the shape of the bottom of the fretboard (rounded edges)

    It plays great and is in really good shape. The neck is super thin, in fact, the thinnest neck of all my electrics. It plays fast. It's all original except for the tuners and at some point, the previous owner flipped the bridge pickup upside down. Not sure why but I leave it as is since it sounds pretty amazing. Very bright and crispy. I've had it since the mid 80's and even though it's got very little value, I have accepted it into the fold. It gets used too!!

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    Dam could have bought one of those blue burst ones about 5 or 6 years ago,

    what model would it be AR type.. I had an x series stolen years ago too..

    I am very fond of Ibanez guitars loved there early les pauls...:applause:
     
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    space Senior Member

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    The one in the pic is an AR300
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