Dating my rickenbacker
Having started as a relatively unknown and low-budget Japanese guitar brand, Ibanez discovered the way to success around 1970 when they started making copies of well-known American guitars like Gibson, Fender and Rickenbacker.They did a good job: the guitars were good copies, at least from a visual point of view.
But Ibanez got very popular because young guitarists that could not afford a Gibson or a Fender could buy a guitar that offered a good balance between price and quality..looked professional!The big jazz boxes and the ES-335 copies were very well made, but probably weren't up to Gibson standards.The first models introduced after the agreement were the ..all of those knobs!Find an old Ibanez that is a copy of another, more familiar guitar? I have seen guitars go for much more than they are actually worth simply because the purchaser has fallen for the hype or actually didn't know what constitutes a "lawsuit" model.Here is my attempt to clear up an urban legend, and, in the words of Chuck D., Dont believe the hype. In 1954, Harry Rosenbloom opened a music store called in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, just northwest of Philadelphia. For example, the waiting list for new guitars was reportedly over three years.. Rosenbloom decided to start a guitar manufacturing business to solve his inventory problem.The ads for that one were really cool; Bob standing there behind a mic with what looked like a prototype -- with five volume knobs in a sort-of pentagon shape!
A good friend of ours, Keith Gray, sold Ibanez guitars back in the 70's and 80's, and the guitars were just great.
So, conspiracy theorists, by the time the lawsuit was actually filed, the headstocks had already been changed.
While "lawsuit" head generally means a Gibson copy headstock, the Ibanez headstock at the time of the lawsuit was actually a copy of a Guild headstock.
The quality of Ibanez guitars increased rapidly during this period.
Many set-neck copies like the Model 2459 Destroyer, an Explorer copy and its Flying V counterpart, the Rocket Roll Sr., we pretty decent guitars, but probably weren't as good as the Gibson/Norlin guitars of the era.
Anyone who cruises e Bay looking for old Ibanez guitars quickly finds the word lawsuit.