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The Beginnings The story of Ibanez guitars begins long ago in 1908 with the company Hoshino Gakki who was a producer of sheet music. In 1935 this company began manufacturing string instruments, mostly acoustics. This company had very little presence in the united states until the mid 1960's. They produced a guitar that was shipped to the states as early as 1929. This guitar was the Salvador Ibanez Acoustics which was produced in Japan. This workshop was destroyed during the Spanish civil war. Hoshino Gakki then bought the rights to the Ibanez brand name and began creating more standard acoustics which would later just be called Ibanez.
The Modern Era" The beginning of Ibanez as we know it begins in 1957. This is a time where the Hoshino Gakki company began coming out with some wild looking designs for guitars. It was at this time (around 1960) that Gibson and Fender and Rickenbacker compies were becoming popular. Using lower prices materials and building more guitars, Ibanez was able to offer cheap copies of these guitars that still held a high quality. These guitars were very popular and because these years were considered bad years for the original guitar companies the Ibanez copies were doing extremely well. Soon after this Ibanez was beginning to get sued by the original manufacturers and thus began the creation of Ibanez Originals starting with the Iceman and Roadster Models. From this time on Ibanez created its own guitars. It was in the mid 1980's that Ibanez really took off with its addition of the JEM! Due to Hoshino Gakki's relationship with Steve Vai the JEM soared and allowed for the entry of the Ibanez Universe guitars as well. In the early 1980's Ibanez entered the "superstrat" market with its RG line, which essentially were lower quality JEM's. It was also in the time frame that Ibanez began making its pedals and amps.
- Note: Ibanez was not actually an individual entity during all this time, Ibanez rather was a brand for Hoshino Gakki Company. Ibanez branded guitars were made and known simply as Ibanez but not owned by an Ibanez company*
Ibanez is primarily a guitar company but carries many other products. Electric Guitars, Basses, 7 strings, Acoustic Guitars, Effect Pedals and Amps are all manufactured under the Ibanez Brand.
Ibanez RG series (previously named Roadstar Guitar, hence the name RG), are the Ibanez superstrat guitars, all featuring 24-fret slim necks. Most of the Ibanez RG models have bolt-on-necks with high-performing tremolos, although some are neck-thru or fixed bridge models. The first Ibanez RG was the 550 in 1987, which was the cheaper version of the Ibanez JEM, Steve Vai's signature model. It featured pretty much the same specifications except for the "Monkey Grip", the "Lion's Claw" below the tremolo, the Vine or Pyramid inlay and the DiMarzio pickups. Shape, colors, pickup configurations, and woods were pretty much the same. From 1987 to present the RG came out in hundreds different versions, some having different pickups and pickup configurations (HSH, HH, HSS, HS etc), some lacking the pickguard and some with different woods, tremolos, and colors. It is not clearly known how many versions have appeared since 1987. In 2003, Japanese-made RGs became the RG Prestige series, which featured an all-new neck construction (much more reliable now), a redesigned tremolo (Edge-Pro) and a 6-step special treatment to the fretboard for even more comfortable playing. It has the following subseries: RGT Prestige (neck-Thru) and the RGA Prestige
Others Ibanez GIO series Ibanez S series S - SZ - SC -. SA - SV - RT series - RX series - AX series - EDR/EXR - ARC-100/300 (Retro Series) - ARX-100/300 (Retro Series) - AR-100/200 (black vintage top) - Ibanez Artcore Series - Xiphos - XPT700 (X-Series) - V-Blade - VBT700 (X-Series) - RG 8-String - RG2228 (RG Series) - RS Roadstar Series
Ibanez's full and semi-hollow guitar line AF (Full hollow) - AK (Full Hollow) - AFS-75t (Full hollow vintage vibrato) - AG (Full hollow) - AS (Semi hollow) - AM (Semi hollow) - AXD (Semi and Full hollow)- AWD (Semi and Full hollow) - FWD (Semi and Full hollow) - Ibanez Jet King 2 and Jet King 1 - Radius series - EX Series -. X Series - PL - Pro Line series - RR - Rocket Roll - DT - Destroyer - IC - Iceman - CN Concert Series - Ibanez j.custom - U.S.A. custom - USA custom range - AFD - Artfield (M)GR - Ghostrider - Cimar by Ibanez
Signature Models Stanley Jordan Signature - JS - Joe Satriani Signature - Universe and JEM - Steve Vai Designed Guitar - PGM - Paul Gilbert Signature - AH10 - Alan Holdsworth Signature - PS10 - Paul Stanley Signature - MFM - Marty Friedman Signature - VM1 - Vinnie Moore Signature - FGM - Frank Gambale Signature - JPM - John Petrucci Signature - RBM2NT - Reb Beach Signature - MBM1 - Matt Bachand Signature - DMM1 - Daron Malakian Signature- AT - Andy Timmons Signature - MMM - Mike Mushok Signature - MTM - Mick Thomson Signature - NDM2 - Noodles Signature - GB - George Benson Signature - PM - Pat Metheny Signature - JSM - John Scofield Signature - ICJ100WZ - Jay Yuenger Signature - APEX - Munkey Signature - K5 - Korn Signature Bass -
Bass Guitars ARTCORE Series Blazer - BTB Series - BTB Prestige - DWB Series - EDA Series - EDB Series - EDC Series - EWB Series - GAXB Series - GSR Series - GSR 205 - GWB Series - ICB Series - JUMPSTART Series K5 Series - Musician Series ROADGEAR Series SR Series - SR Prestige - SDGR Series - ATK Series - EX series - Roadstar Series- S series - TR Series-
AE Series - AES Series - AW Series - DT Series - EP9 Series - EW Series - GA Series - JAMPACK Series - MANDOLIN Series - MASA Series - PF Series - TALMAN Series - V Series - Concord - SAGE Series -
The most well-known pedals made by Ibanez are the Tubescreamer series of distortion stompboxes. The most sought after of these include the vintage TS-808 Tubescreamer and the TS-9. Both are now available as reissues.
Other effects currently available from Ibanez include:
WD7 Weeping Demon Wah Pedal - DE7 Delay/Echo Pedal - AD9 Analog Delay Effect Pedal - SB7 Synthesizer Bass Pedal - AW7 Tone Lok Autowah Pedal - PD7 Tone Lok Phat Hed Bass Overdrive Pedal - FZ7 Fuzz Pedal - PM7 Phase Modulator Pedal - DS7 Distortion Pedal - CF7 Tone Lok Chorus Flanger Pedal - SM7 Smash Box Pedal - LF7 Lo Fi Filter Pedal - PH7 Phaser Pedal -
MIMX Series - Tone Blaster X Series - Thermion Series - Sound Wave Series - Troubadour Series - IBZ Amplifier Series - ValBee Series - Gio Series -
Ibanez Guitars can be associated with many genres of music. Because of the playability and design many people lean towards Hard Rock, Progressive and Metal. But it doesn't stop there. These fast guitars have been used for everything.
Ibanez Guitars are used by so many people its impossible to list them all. Instead here are a few larger names that use Ibanez
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GMC Members and Instructors
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