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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2001 - 5:41 am:   

Hi everyone!
Just to let you know that since yesterday I'm the proud owner of another really great Ibanez: a replica of a Les Paul Special. Discription:
Yellow to Dark brown sunburst, set neck, two black P90-style pickups, Stud bridge/tailpiece, the old pré-lawsuit "open book" headstock shape, no serial number, so I guess it's from before mid-'75.
The guy I bought it from said that a few years ago the guitar came out of a hidden corner in the cellar of a little music store, completely new and in the original package. Somehow the instrument seemed to have been "forgotten". He bought the guitar but never really played it, so he was willing to sell it to me. It's in near mint condition. Some things made me wonder for a little while: 1: I've seen a picture on the net before of this type of guitar (with the new, post-lawsuit headstock) that had gold-coloured barrel knobs. My Special has cone-shaped black speed knobs, just like the original '50's Les Paul Specials had. Did Ibanez use these knobs also in the first half of the seventies or are the ones on my guitar replacements and should I put gold barrel knobs back on?
2: The cover of the truss-rod has "CUSTOM" in capitals inscripted. Seems a little strange to me, but hey: I'm not Mister Know-it-all, so I hope someone can help me out. Is this the original cover? When I removed it, I couldn't find a clue to think that somebody ever changed this: there was the usual dust and grease underneath and around the edges and I even had the impression that I was the first ever to loosen the screws.
As the title of this conversation says: this guitar has a killer sound. I think Ibanez did a great job on the pickups. They scream, they bite, they don't feedback (!), but also give a warm, bluesy sound when played clean. I love this baby. And although it wasn't really cheap (about $ 350) I'm glad I bought it. I think it's hard to find another one in this condition!
Greetings, Harry.
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2001 - 7:47 am:   


Sounds like a fantastic deal! Let's see some pictures, please.
Mark Munchenberg (Munch)
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2001 - 10:27 pm:   


I think you've scored big time on that one. Regarding the knobs, I'd suggest they are original. Ibanez was very particular about such things on their replicas.

My '74 Rocket Roll has black cone shaped knobs with the numbers in white on the skirt at the bottom. The top of the knobs have a metal inlay with Volume & Tone printed in black. They look alot like Fender amp knobs.

My '75 Firebrand has exact replicas of Gibson's Firebird knobs too.

Like you I have seen Ibanez guitars with the gold see-through barrel (speed) knobs too. My 1980 AS80 has these and I'm trying to find out if they are original.

I very much doubt that your new guitar has been changed. I love p90's - enjoy that guitar you lucky guy!


Posted on Monday, March 05, 2001 - 3:40 am:   

I would love to send you some pictures, but I can only do this by the old-fashioned airmail, since I've got no scanner. Could you please give me a post-address? I will send you some pictures and maybe you can scan them and put them in this item.
Might take a few weeks, though...
Shane P
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2001 - 8:51 am:   

I'm just curious, that sounds like a great guitar.
Is there a contour on the back of the body. on the right hand side for the players hip, a bit like a strat.
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2001 - 3:36 am:   

No there is no contour anywhere on this one; it's just a slab body with rounded edges. And yes, it's a great guitar. The more I play it, the more I love it. Minor point: the machine heads are of a very cheap type, typical for Ibanez copies of the first half of the seventies. But I rather keep the guitar in it's original shape than replace them by Schallers. But why did you ask this question? If it had the contour on the back, would it make it more special or is my guitar with the non-contoured back somewhat of an exeption?
Shane P
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2001 - 6:34 pm:   

The reason I asked is I have a LP 2386 approx 73-74 no serial no.Set neck and lawsuit headstock with the split diamond.It is a flame cherryburst top and has the hip contour that I speak of.Apart from that it is identical to a gibson LP in every way.
I was just curious to see if another LP of aproximately the same era had it as well.

For what it's worth the contour is actually very comfortable when standing.
Harry Kruisselbrink (Harry)
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2001 - 10:18 am:   

Hi Shane!
I think you are a little on the wrong track here:
a Les Paul special is somewhat of a simple Les Paul version: it has no arched top, no contoured back. It's in fact just a massive wood body with a flat top and back. Almost Telecaster-like, but with the shape of a Les Paul. Maybe you know the type of guitar when you remember pictures of Bob Marley with a brown Les Paul Special. Easy to recognise because the pickguard's edge is not parralel to the high E-string, but obliques under the strings (is that the way you say it, my dear American friends?)
Greetings, Harry

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