In the history of rock and roll guitar became so famous in the world are renowned Japanese brand is the Ibanez. Now, let us pay special attention to what Ibanez guitar solid history of piano and electric guitar, and analyzed data from the digital hardware to look at it thoroughly!
Ibanez dawn period – exploration, unique personality
From the earliest representatives model to “Roadstar II” series
Japan guitar manufacturers, although a certain number, but can be well-known abroad and does not have much of a foothold root. In a sense, Ibanez is this type of premium brands. Even small parts also made very fine, until now is still the darling of rock and roll guitarist. Ibanez guitar practicality and applicability to various types of music is a big reason for its welcome.
Now, please open the hands of the Ibanez guitar catalog carefully look at it. As you can see, from a representative of the RG series, S series dedicated to guitarist piano, from the transformation of the development of the history of the guitar to ukulele 7 “Double Edge” series …… each one guitar all reflect the latest in the field of guitar Manufacturing Technology. However, these full of unique and innovative guitar is not able to produce within a few days, they go through the tortuous course of 60-year-old was able to come out. This time we introduce not only the birth of Ibanez, but also describes how it is striving to become the representative brand of originality, it is about how the road after only a handful of developing into a world-renowned guitar manufacturers.
Had not played guitar readers or already have a couple of guitars readers, I hope you can settle through the introduction to the Ibanez guitar history, understand the great craftsmen of the imagination to realize this imaginative and solid production technology worked for painstaking process.
Artis t Ibanez initial series of pyramid model
In the early Ibanez, the highest degree of completion of both this “Artist” series, which represents the model is AR300. Sound and original control device symmetrical piano, applicable to all types of music is its greatest feature.
In the early models equipped with “Gibraltar” bridge and the “Quick Change” of the saddle, under the bridge is embedded a support block made of metal.
AR300 is equipped with “Tri Sound System”. In the pickup can choose double / single row / parallel sound
Activity using high-tech piano and TAP switch circuit EQ.
Used on AR550 TAP switch. It can be switched so that each pickup Single / Dual separately.
3-band equalization device using an active circuit.
Double-neck model. Using two speakers can be played alone, respectively.
Other early models
This piano factory in 1976, since when the “Grateful Dead” guitarist Bob Weir’s famous mid-1990s replica appears, is still very popular.
Now “Tree of Life” for use on high-level piano type fingerboard Ibanez has appeared in the 1970s.
“Muiscian” series, in 1978, the factory, which is the use of one of the neck, “Tri Sound System” “3-Band EQ System”. At that time also produced low-grade piano only general adjustment knob.
Multiple configuration maple and walnut neck and two kinds of wood from the side of the neck sandwiched between the piano and its special structure.
The creation of brand Hoshino Ibanez instruments birth
Hoshino Ibanez guitar made of musical instrument company was originally a sell books, stationery, small shops, formerly known Hoshino bookstore, founded in 1908. The second year after it began to get involved in the establishment of sales of musical instruments, has become Japan’s first music store. Hoshino bookstore in 1920 started import and export business internationally renowned brand of musical instruments, the guitar began the manufacture and sale of autonomy in 1930. As history makers of Ibanez began. “Ibanez” the name comes from its once ran a famous Spanish guitar makers “Ibanez Salbadol” the name of the first half. Then press the Spanish pronunciation of words should read “Love Bugs Division.”
Hoshino sales career is going well up until World War II, but as factories and office buildings were burned in the war, Hoshino instruments once stopped production activities. With the advent of peace in 1950, Hoshino instruments and settle down, but then they only import and export acoustic guitar. In 1960, Ibanez operators keen sense driven by the Beatles rock prosperity, then began operating electric guitar. For guitars again, they set up a “full multi-Manufacturing (now Tama drum factory predecessor)” in 1962 to manufacture electric guitar. In 1971, the United States as the largest musical instrument Hoshino market activity started Japan’s first musical instrument exports to the US.
Original piano type? It is widely accepted in the world!
1970 is the most electric guitars rising demand era. Although Hoshino instrument for acoustic guitar manufacturing attainments, but it belongs to the field of electric guitar was not covered, how hard it is conceivable that want to create high-quality guitar there at the time. Due to the unremitting efforts, Ibanez finally make it unique personality is internationally recognized.
Let’s look back to 1970, the situation with the United States as the center of the electric guitar market it. At the time, Gibson, Fender and other old instruments accounted for an overwhelming advantage, it can almost be said: “To say the guitar that Gibson and Fender”, and this was all kinds of imitation piano manufacturers flood the period.
Manufacturing start of Ibanez is no exception to imitation. NO.0000 is the work of that period. But which also allows us to see the shadow of modern Ibanez’s original piano type, such as NO.2612, such as symmetrical with piano and guitar.
And later developed into AR series. During this period actually began out of Ibanez imitation period, from 1970 to 1980 after a half Ibanez have produced a lot of piano type.
Decisive turn for the better – “Roadstar II” debut
For the mainstream Ibanez, played a decisive role is the 1982 “Roadstar II” series. As “Roadstar” series of the second generation in 1979 published, “Roadstar II” series after the 1981 “Blazer” added the development of new improved guitar asymmetrical about the piano and create their own bridge system . The “Roadstar II” series Ibanez guitars will be elevated to the reputation of a very high altitude, and since then the Ibanez guitar are using it as the basis for production. From the late 1980s. “Roadstar II” until the end of the series, there are nearly 40 kinds of similar type were produced out of the piano. At that time, cooperation in the development stage musical instruments and musicians very much, the idea of ”standing in the position of making musical instruments musicians” is from this time.
Deformed piano-centric Vivaldi
ICE400: reminiscent of the piano and the violin-like sharp is its greatest charm. IC400 using Maple Top backsheet and hard wood double piano. There is also a hard mahogany and ash wood single-layer piano and violin.
The Iceman as their dedicated piano of Kiss band is Paul Stanley, his piano to “PS10” name.
Dsetroyer II Series
DT355: The piano bold cut, sold in Europe and America to “X” series name.
DT450: engraved early 1970s popular NO.2459 type “ROADSTAR2” series, it can be said to have outstanding contributions to the prosperity of the then hard rock type.
AXSTAR series in order to adapt to maximize the guitarist’s body and produced.
XV500: has the most aggressive appearance of the X series Ibanez guitars. Its futuristic design at the time showing the unusual bright light.
Change the shape of the headstock
Now the iconic Ibanez guitar headstock is the headstock from 1976 Iceman change comes. The Iceman headstock tuners after configuration changes become “Dsetroyer II” series. While the basic shape at this time is close now, but LOGO position, shape headstock is still somewhat different. Now this is from the headstock “Pro Line” series of the 1980s began. Since then 15 years, Ibanez has maintained the traditional design of such headstock.
Water-like beaks design is known as “Goose Beak”
Tuners 6 was changed to the left.
Become more refined, Logo design headstock is also now more concise.
Meanwhile, the development and “Roadstar II” series of diversified products 24 having a deep relationship guitarist Allan Holdsworth made the proposal to set “Tone Chamber” holes in the skid plate to achieve a unique sound “AH-10” also development.
“Roadstar II” series in mid-1980, developed into two series. One of them is “Peo Line” series. This series is the “Roadstar II” series headstock changes, coupled with “S-S-H” is the general term for guitar pickup combination (single – double – single). This series has a small switch can control the pickup 5 sets the tone changed, pickups On / Off switch, you can make all kinds of sounds. Another series is “RG” series, by definition is “to be able to play all kinds of music in the versatile guitar.”
RG series Ibanez guitars although it has become the main product, but were merely “Roadstar II” a series of branch fills, and the new product with unique characteristics that make it come out in 1987.
Get real originality of the transition period model
The bridge is penetrated from behind the piano chord type, pickup using three sets of single row, giving the impression of simplicity.
On the basic standard developed low-cost series, was later replaced by Roadstar II series.
RS1300 and RS1000 same piano, this is 22 product.
RS520 debut in constant evolution among 24 products piano, was later replaced by RG series.
RS1000 improved on the basis of Roadstar and Blazer series on ROADSTAR 2Roadstar II series. By the use of Gary Moore is known for RS1000 21 products.
RG1200 (RG series) with standard SP RG series of similar, there are also fitted with special pickup models.
PL2550 (Pro Line series) using Goose Beak headstock and S-S-H pickups arranged in “Pro Line” series.
1: The “Tone Chamber” in RG series before the update also applied.
2: Allan Holdsworth dedicated to piano AH-10 “Roadstar II” series as the basic and has its own unique characteristics.
Change double rocking tremolo
“Roadstar II” after the series debut Ibanez guitar is mainly used in dual shake the bridge. Hard Rocker on the RS1000 Pro will be folded into a U-shaped string with a pressure pad parts are called fixed, but it ignores the problem easily out of tune when tuning nut part. After that, in order to lock the nut portion of the string of Top Lok and with fine tuner “Pro Rocker” is produced and used on most of the “Roadstar II” series guitars.
The RG series, Pro Line series features a Floyd Rose’s “EDGE” system, in the late 1980s the main piano type is mainly adopted this system. The early 1990s, the piano will be moved to the upper lock parts easier to make changing strings of Lo-Pro Edge system was invented, its superb level of completion believe that everyone will be bounced over Ibanez’s deep feeling.
Hard Rocker Pro:
The strings are tightly clamped on a portion of the clip, minimal resisted out of tune.
With fine tuning allows tuning performance increased substantially.
And substantially similar to Floyd Rose. But the press-in crank or a certain uniqueness.
Lock parts are mentioned upper chord, chord change becomes easy.
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