Ibanez have their fingers in so many pies that sometimes it can be a little hard to fully appreciate the quality of their work. Although never really considered in the same breath as Fender and Gibson, they are consistently ahead of the trends and build guitars of incredible quality for frankly unbelievable prices.
We all know about the famed ‘Lawsuit Era’, back in the ‘70s when Ibanez were taking designs from the big brands and producing cheaper but no less impressive copies. These guitars are highly sought after now and can often fetch mega bucks when available. Gibson’s parent company finally bought a successful court case against Ibanez and production of these models ceased. This was just the start though; their reputation as builders of quality guitars was garnering interest from player’s right across the globe. George Benson, Paul Stanley and Bob Weir all started using original Ibanez models and as the ‘80s arrived more and more industry leading players would turn to Ibanez.
With the rise of Shred and speed players such as Joe Satriani, Gibson and Fender just weren’t cutting the mustard; these players needed a guitar that was built for speed and precision. The Saber and Roadster Series were introduced to deliver all the fast fretted power these guys needed. Satriani, Vai and Paul Gilbert joined the ranks and have remained ever since. With players of this stature on-board, Ibanez continued to produce the slickest metal machines the world has ever seen!
In the early 2000s they foresaw the arrival of Nu-Metal and introduced a range of monster 7 strings that catered for the down low dropped tunings and extended range that would become a revolution. Even to this day, the Ibanez range of 7/8 string guitars are among the very best around, players as revered as Tosin Abasi, Jake Bowen and Munky from Korn still proudly endorse Ibanez Guitars.
You might think ‘hang on, they only make metal guitars’ but you would be very wrong my friend. George Benson was the original Ibanez endorsee and his range of Jazz box guitars have long been pined over by players. Coy Bowles of the Zack Brown Band, Andy Timmons, John Schofield and Pat Metheny all lend their names to Ibanez models and the Roadcore, Talman, AR, Artstar and Artcore all offer a more refined Ibanez experience.
The Ibanez range is so extensive, with so many ranges designed to suit every possible budget, these guitars just floor us every time. Whether you are looking for a shred machine, a lush hollowbody, a jazzer, a quirky offset or just about every conceivable style of bass, Ibanez have one for you.