Thursday, May 13, 2010

IBANEZ GUITAR

IBANEZ GUITAR

Ibanez is a Japanese guitar brand owned by Hoshino Gakki. Based in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, Hoshino Gakki were one of the first Japanese musical instrument companies to gain a significant foothold in import guitar sales in the United States and Europe.

The Hoshino Gakki company began in 1908 as the musical instrument sales division of the Hoshino Shoten, a bookstore company. The Ibanez brand name dates back to 1929 when Hoshino Gakki began importing Salvador Ibáñez guitars from Spain. When the "Salvador Ibáñez" workshop was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, the "Ibanez Salvador" guitars were no longer available, so Hoshino Gakki bought the "Ibanez Salvador" brand name rights and started making Spanish acoustic guitars in 1935, at first using the "Ibanez Salvador" brand name, and then later using the "Ibanez" brand name .

The modern era of Ibanez guitars began in 1957 and the late 1950s and 1960s Ibanez catalogues show guitars with some wild looking designs. Japanese guitar makers in the 1960s were mostly copying European guitar designs and some of the late 1960s Ibanez designs were similar to Hagström and EKO guitar designs. Hoshino Gakki used the Teisco and FujiGen Gakki guitar factories to manufacture Ibanez guitars after they stopped manufacturing their own guitars in 1966 and after the Teisco guitar factory closed down in 1969/1970 Hoshino Gakki used the FujiGen Gakki guitar factory to make most Ibanez guitars.

In the 1960s Japanese guitar makers started to mainly copy American guitar designs and Ibanez branded copies of Gibson, Fender and Rickenbacker models started to appear. This resulted in the so called Ibanez lawsuit period. After the lawsuit period Hoshino Gakki introduced Ibanez models that were not copies of the Gibson or Fender designs such as the Iceman and Ibanez Roadstar. The company has produced its own guitar designs ever since. The late 1980s and early 1990s were an important period for the Ibanez brand. Hoshino Gakki's relationship with Frank Zappa's former guitarist Steve Vai resulted in the introduction of the Ibanez JEM and the Ibanez Universe models and after the earlier successes of the Roadstar and Iceman models in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Hoshino Gakki entered the superstratmarket with the RG series which were a lower priced version of the Ibanez JEM model.

Hoshino Gakki also had semi acoustic, nylon and steel stringed acoustic guitars manufactured under the Ibanez name. Most Ibanez guitars were made for Hoshino Gakki by the FujiGen guitar factory in Japan up until the mid to late 1980s and from then on Ibanez guitars have also been made in other Asian countries such as Korea, China and Indonesia. During the early 1980s the FujiGen guitar factory also produced most of the Roland guitar synthesizers, including the Stratocaster-style Roland G-505, the twin-humbucker Roland G-202 (endorsed by Eric Clapton, Dean Brown, Jeff Baxter, Yannis Spathas,Mike Rutherford, Andy Summers and Steve Hackett) and the Ibanez X-ING IMG-2010.

Ibanez guitars have grown in reputation over the years and have gained a following amongst seasoned musicians. Early Japanese built guitars are considered as good as, if not superior to, US built axes of the same period. Here about the electric guitar models :

  • Ibanez GIO series are budget priced Ibanez guitars.
  • Ibanez R series, also known as the Radius series, are famous for having lightweight aerofoil-profiled basswood bodies. The main endorser was the world famous Joe Satriani before he was given his own Signature JS series. The Radius series is now discontinued.
  • Ibanez RG series (previously named Roadstar Guitar, hence the name RG), are the Ibanez superstrat guitars, all featuring 24-fret slim neck.
  • Ibanez S series, also known as the Saber series, are famous for having ergonomic, super thin, and lightweight mahogany bodies.
  • RT series - Superstrat design with 24 frets. Discontinued in 1994.
  • RX series - Superstrat design but with 22 frets instead. Discontinued in 1998, and currently only exists as GRX (budget model of RX series).
  • AX series - Extreme version of the artist model, aimed towards metal players - currently only exist as GAX model and Guitar Center exclusive model.
  • Axstar (aka Axstar by Ibanez) - discontinued
  • EDR/EXR - Ergodyne series – discontinued, and many more.

And here about the Production Signature Models of the guitar, they are :

(from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibanez)

A.SKIMMNG

Ibanez is a Japanese guitar brand owned by Hoshino Gakki. Based in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, Hoshino Gakki were one of the first Japanese musical instrument companies to gain a significant foothold in import guitar sales in the United States and Europe. The Ibanez brand name dates back to 1929 when Hoshino Gakki began importing Salvador Ibáñez guitars from Spain. When the "Salvador Ibáñez" workshop was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, the "Ibanez Salvador" guitars were no longer available, so Hoshino Gakki bought the "Ibanez Salvador" brand name rights and started making Spanish acoustic guitars in 1935, at first using the "Ibanez Salvador" brand name, and then later using the "Ibanez" brand name.The modern era of Ibanez guitars began in 1957 and the late 1950s and 1960s Ibanez catalogues show guitars with some wild looking designs. In the 1960s Japanese guitar makers started to mainly copy American guitar designs and Ibanez branded copies of Gibson, Fender and Rickenbacker models started to appear. Hoshino Gakki also had semi acoustic, nylon and steel stringed acoustic guitars manufactured under the Ibanez name. Ibanez guitars have grown in reputation over the years and have gained a following amongst seasoned musicians.

B. SCANNING

1. Who is Ibanez brand owned ?

Hoshino Gakki

2. Where is the based of the Ibanez ?

In Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

3. When did Hoshino Gakki began the company ?

In 1908

4. When did the Ibanez brand got ?

In 1929

5. How Hoshino Gakki get the Ibanez brand ?

When the "Salvador Ibáñez" workshop was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, the "Ibanez Salvador" guitars were no longer available, so Hoshino Gakki bought the "Ibanez Salvador" brand name rights and started making Spanish acoustic guitars in 1935, at first using the "Ibanez Salvador" brand name, and then later using the "Ibanez" brand name .

6. What is the Ibanez design similar to ?

Hagström and EKO

7. What is the most factory Ibanez guitar made ?

FujiGen Gakki factory

8. Who is the Frank Zappa's former guitarist that had a relasionsip with Hoshino Gakki ?

Steve Vai

9. Where is the Ibanez guitar made that from another Asia except Japan ?

Korea, China and Indonesia

10. Tell some the guitaist that signature the Ibanez gutitar production ?

Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Mick Thomson, Noodles Signature, Munky, Herman Li, Sam Totman, Omar Rodriguez, Matt Bachand, H. R. Giger, George Benson, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, and Andy Timmons

3 comments:

Ton Bogaard said...

Pls read the real Ibanez story on :
http://members.upc.nl/a.bogaard241
Ton Bogaard
Purmerend Holland

Ton Bogaard said...

please read the real history on Ibanez at: http://members.upc.nl/a.bogaard241 Ton Bogaard Purmerend Holland

alfon said...

thanks for your share...