Dating ibanez artist guitars
Let me get right to the point: If a guitar does not have a valid "Ibanez" logo on its headstock, then it's NOT an Ibanez guitar.
I'll explain the reasons behind this in a moment, but first, take a look at text from an ad run during the 1970s: That gets right to the point.
Instruments currently produced in Japan since the early 1960s, Korea since the 1980s, and China since the early 2000s. By the mid-1960s, Hoshino was producing instruments under various trademarks such as Ibanez, Star, King´s Stone, Jamboree, and Goldentone.
The factory and offices were burned down during World War II, and were revived in 1950.
They are based in Japan, but also have a US subsidiary, Hoshino USA, headquartered in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
Hoshino owns no manufacturing facilities beyond a small custom shop in California.
While most readers understand what a “lawsuit era” guitar refers to, others may not and I’ll try to summarize the term.
In the early 1970s, American guitar manufacturers (particularly Gibson, Fender, and Martin) were experiencing a steady decline in production quality while more Japanese- built guitars were showing up in the American market.
By 1970, the Gibson Guitars were really starting to fall part in the terms of quality.
I have been playing, collecting, repairing and analyzing vintage Ibanez (and other MIJ guitars) for over 30 years, and I am often asked this question.
The reason I get asked it is because many people who are selling an old guitar without the Ibanez brand on it put something to this effect in their ad: So, if you have found this article because you are considering buying a cool old guitar, the information I have presented below should help you avoid paying more for a guitar than it is actually worth, or finding out later, when you go to sell it, that it really isn't an Ibanez at all.
Elger acoustics were produced in Ardmore, Pennsylvania between 19.
In the 1960s, Rosenbloom travelled to Japan and found a number of companies that he contracted to produce the Elger acoustics.
Later, he was contacted by Hoshino to form a closer business relationship.