|The Ibanez Guitar owned and invented by Hoshino Gakki,
Japan since 1929. One of the best Guitars in the world. Guitar Gods like
Steve Vai ( Ibanez Jem ), Pat Metheny (PM120 ), Joe Satriani ( JS1000 ),
and Paul Gilbert ( PGM30 ), play them.
The company began in 1908 as a distributor of musical instruments under
the name of Hoshino Gakki, from 1929 guitars were imported from the
workshop of the Spanish luthier Salvador Ibáñez to Japan. Hoshino Gakki
began in 1935 to make his own stringed instruments in Nagoya. The workshop
of Ibáñez was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, Hoshino Gakki
bought the rights to the name Ibanez Salvador. Later, the brand name was
shortend to Ibanez.
In the 1960s Ibanez was a successful producer of brand name copies,
such as the Fender Stratocaster. The first model of its own was the Ibanez
In 1987 Hoshino Gakki developed the seven-Steve Vai Electric
Guitar, which is provided with an additional low B string.
The price range of instruments ranging from guitars to beginners to top
class. The Wizard necks are among the upper class in the instrument. The
Prestige series is currently the top class. The instruments are made
largely by hand and are made from high quality wood with better pickups,
and with better hardware.
Some models have a cult status, like the instruments from the Artcore
series or the guitars of the Road Star, S or RG series. Ibanez also has
two custom shops, one in Japan and one in the U.S.. These instruments are
high quality and are produced in small quantities by hand.
The product range extends from the Ibanez acoustic bass and guitar over
electric guitars and basses to transistor and tube amplifiers. Effects and
general accessories such as picks, cables, etc. are also included.
Ibanez was building among other signature models for guitarists like
George Benson, Wes Borland, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Daron Malakian, Mick
Thomson, Andy Timmons, Pat Metheny, Herman Li, Paul Gilbert, James
Shaffer, John Scofield, Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman, Joe Pass ,and
also John Petrucci, and Steve Lukather, before they went under contract
with Music Man.
By Melanie Bradley