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Ibanez Guitars

Ibanez are a company who need no introduction, but we’re going to give them one anyway. Builders of outstanding guitars that cover acoustics, basses, and electrics, they are also responsible for designing effects pedals and amplifiers that are amongst the best-selling gear of all time (Tube Screamer, anyone?)

Often associated with rock and heavy metal, thanks in no small way to their collaboration with Steve Vai on the Jem, which gave rise to the legendary RG series, Ibanez flex their chops across a range of other genres too thanks to their innovative approach to instrument design and fearless belief in what they create.

When you have artists such as George Benson, Joe Satriani, Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner, Gerald Veasley, Pat Metheny and John Scofield (amongst many, many others) coming to you for their signature models, you know you must be doing something right.

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Ibanez Guitars: A Brief History

Though the Hoshino Gakki company began way back in 1908 as the musical instrument sales division of a bookstore chain, Ibanez Guitars as we know it today came into being in Nagoya, Japan in 1957. Their flair for innovation has been at the core of their instruments’ design since the very beginning, but they ran afoul of Western manufacturers in the 1960s – as did other Japanese brands -, which led to the production of the Iceman and Roadstar series. So far removed from anything other guitar manufacturers were producing at the time, Ibanez found their niche and never looked back.

As remarked upon above, Ibanez Guitars collaboration with Steve Vai in the 1980s led to the introduction of the JEM and Universe models, followed shortly thereafter by the RG series superstrat models – paving the way for decades of innovative designs and collaborations.

We have Ibanez Guitars to thank for pushing the boat out with regard to extended range models such as the 7-, 8-, 9-string models that we’re used to today. Add to that their multi-scale fingerboard design, superior neck manufacturing techniques, and an unrelenting striving for perfection. Their elegant yet workhorse-like Hollowbody guitars that have kept Jazz purists happy for decades, and modern fusion virtuosos like Tom Quayle still come to Ibanez Guitars for their weapon of choice.

Ibanez Ranges

From beginners on a budget to professionals without limits, there are ranges across the Ibanez family to suit anyone and everyone. Their GIO and Talman series offer affordable guitars and basses that are perfect for kickstarting your career on. For those taking the step up from GIO there are a range of models within the RG and S series that combine affordability with superb build quality, great from gigging with.

From their the sky is the limit! The Iron Label models offer punishing tones, superior build quality, and sublime playability for metallers and rockers playing heavier styles. Premium range models go further in terms of appointments, craftsmanship, finishes, and tonal dexterity – again, all whilst offering excellent value for money.

Above all of these are the Prestige and J Custom models, crafted in Japan by luthiers at the top of their game. For those who demand the best, it doesn’t get much better than this.