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Sixvsix (Sixvsix)
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 5:31 am:   

Can't remember the designation number but it's yet another Ibanez hybrid. They sure messed about making their minds up what to build next back in the 70's.


"What shall we do with these old bodies and necks Hiro?" "Err, shove some new bits on and send them out pronto."

Also note the mixed up headstock pictures too.

Johns (Johns)
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 9:28 am:   


I guess we could call it a prototype of the Performer 100/200. :)

Seriously, the hardware and electronics look to be a cut above the LP replica of that day.
Sixvsix (Sixvsix)
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 9:55 am:   

Hi John,

Looking at this guitar and its parts, it seems almost obvious that their LP replica evolved into the Performer.

One could almost imagine it being slung together really.

Harry (Harry)
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 2:17 pm:   

Hi guys!
I must admit that Ibanez guitars from 1977 and 1978 can be very confusing, regarding the hardware. Especially the Les Paul copies can have some weird features. But this is not new to me: in my huge archive I have several Les Paul copy pictures that have either Flying fingers pickups, Gibraltar-style bridges, "fancy" tailpieces or any possible combination.
I agree on the belief that production of new hardware had already begun (Professional series!) and that there were a couple of "unfinished" Les Paul copies in stock. Maybe it was a try-out, maybe it was a monday after a heavy weekend....maybe they ran out of "correct" hardware and decided to put on the new fancy stuff.....heaven knows what made them do it.
But as I said: I saw pretty many of these hybrids before.
Sixvsix (Sixvsix)
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 2:53 pm:   

Hey Harry!

Whatever they were up to back then they were certainly pushing the boundaries and in doing so, made it very interesting for us here?

All power to their innovative ideas.

Jeffsailor (Jeffsailor)
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2004 - 9:49 pm:   

Hey Six,

Here's another one! This one has three pickups and a phase switch. The owner claims all are factory. Although check out the knobs. They don't look original, do they?


Harry (Harry)
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - 3:05 am:   

Hi Jeff!
I think the Les Paul is not original stock. For starters: at least the knobs are not. As for the pickups: if you look closely at the 3-pickup Les Paul Custom in the various Ibanez catalogues you'll see a small but significant detail: all three pickups are mounted tightly together, starting at the neck end. There are no "gaps" between the mounting rings. This causes the bridge pickup to be further away from the bridge than on the ordinary 2-pickup models. I think that the middle pickup was added later on, because on this Les Paul there are gaps between all pickups. That could explain the (in my opinion not original) mini-switch too: I think it's not a phase switch or a coil split. If I had a "normal" Les Paul and I would like to add a third (middle) pickup to the already excisting 2-pickup configuration I'd probably wanted a mini off/on switch for the third. That's what the mini switch probably is.
I'm not saying I'm right, but I think it sounds logical.
Besides: look at the scratch plate: it's not a Les Paul-style one, but more the kind that was normally used on ES 335-style of guitars, or (here we go again): the "soon to be launched and we already have the parts so why not putting these parts on the left-over Les Paul copies too" Performer series.
So: original stock? I have my severe doubts...

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