By Peter Lenkefi, Fri Dec 9th
Ibanez guitars go way back to the 1800s (90 years ago) whenHoshino Gakki, who distributed a variety of musical instrumentsin Nagoya, Japan, started the Hoshino Gakki Group, the makers ofIbanez guitars. The makers of Ibanez guitars have a uniquebeginning in comparison to their top competitors in that thecompany's roots are in Nagoya, Japan. By the time the companymade its way to the United States, they were in the business ofduplicating well-known rock and jazz guitars, as were manyguitar makers in the 1970s. Partly to follow the tradition ofother top guitar makers and mostly by force of an impendinglawsuit in the 1980s, the company teamed up with celebrityguitarists to design the famous S, RG, JS, JEM guitars. Thesemodels were part of their signature line of electric guitars.The company also expanded its line of jazz guitars to includeGeorge Benson and Pat Metheny models and its acoustic-electricto include John Scofield models.
While Ibanez is famous for its electric, acoustic, andacoustic-electric guitars, the company has also brokensignificant ground in providing Guitars that appeal to not onlythe classical and rock market, but also to the jazz market.Thirty years ago, jazz guitarist George Benson teamed up withthe Hoshino Gakki Group and shared his idea for a jazz guitarthat didn't squeal in amplification. The Ibanez GB10 continuesto be one of the most popular Ibanez guitars that you can buy.
The loyalty that guitarists have with the Ibanez goes beyond itscelebrity association. The following are some of the reasons forits popularity:
Virtually no feedback * Quality craftsmanship * Clear tone
While you should focus on features more than the beauty of yourguitar, with Ibanez guitars it's easy to enjoy the best of bothworlds. In addition to the features listed previously, Ibanezguitars are well known for their beautiful appearance. Take theIbanez Jem 777, for example. Like other Ibanez guitars, thisguitar is made of high-quality wood and has a resonance that issweet to the ears. The Jem 777 is one of the most recent guitardesigns offered by Ibanez. The Ibanez RG350DX electric guitarwas introduced two years ago and has earned the affection ofmany electric guitarists who like their electric guitar heavyand loud. Not all Ibanez electric guitars are designed for therougher crowd. The Ibanez SZ720FM offers a design that islighter and more appealing to those who treasure the simple life.
Price is a huge consideration for guitarists.
guitars are madeof high-quality wood and manufacturing them takes time. Manyguitar
manufacturers that compete with Ibanez guitars offertheir Guitars at price well over $3,000. While you can findIbanez guitars in this price range, Ibanez guitars with such aprice tag are often replicas of celebrity guitars or limitededition guitars. One reason that many people choose Ibanez
isthe price. This is especially true of individuals just learningto play the
guitar. Coupled with variety, expert craftsmanship,and tone, you can lose by
purchasing an Ibanez guitar.