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zoran zarubica
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Hi folks,
Any and all information and discussion
on this subject would be helpful,including
values.I recently lucked into one, and I'm
truley impressed. Having been a"GM"and"FORD"
snob all these years, it's a treat to ride
one of these imports!Fast,tight handling and
nice lines.(names have been changed to protect
the innocent)HA HA! Anyhow, fire away lads.
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   


I'd like to hear more about LRs. The only thing I have seen is a picture in the '82 and '83 catalogs. What do you like about your LR, when compared to the "other" guitars?

Anybody know the specs on these guitars? When where they available? Any idea why they were discontinued?

On another note, I saw a video of an LR concert (don't know what the tour), he was playing an Ibanez LR. But it had a little whammy bar connected to the bridge. A strange little item and not standard issue, that I can tell. Anybody know anything about that?
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Well, I'll answer some of my own questions (gleaned from the Ibanez Vintage Page):

The LR10 was introduced in 1981 and discontinued in 1987. The body was filled with foam to eliminate feed back. The Specs are:

-length: 1055mm (41.5")
-width: 405mm (16")
-depth: 65mm (2.5")
-material: flame maple top, back and sides
Neck: setin
-scale: 24.75"
-nut: 43mm wide, Bone
-width at 22nd fret: 57mm
-radius: 300mm (~12")
-binding: Cream colored
-number of frets: 22
-material: Brazilian Rosewood
-inlay: Abalone Dot
-Gibson-style bridge
-Quick Change tailpiece
-Velve Tune machines
-Black Plastic Pickguard
-pickups: 2 LR Special Humbucking
-pickup switch: 3-way toggle
-volume: 2
-tone: 2
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Zoran / John,
I presently own 3 -Ibanez Lee Ritenour LR-10 semi-hollow guitars. I enjoy playing them. LR-10's are fairly light in weight and handle and feel very nice. They have a different tone than an AS200/AM200. I believe the tone is a little brighter but not thin. I have used mine on Blues Gigs and have been well pleased. The amount of Flame on the Tops & Backs vary greatly from guitar to guitar. The LR-10 pickups have the letter "Z" stamped on the bottom.

Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   


Does this guitar have a solid block like the AS/AMs or does the foam fill take the place?

Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

The Lee Ritenour Models have a solid block in the center simular to the AS200/AM200, etc. One unique thing about the LR-10 is that it has a three piece neck made from: Mahogany/Maple/Mahogany.

Also some people remove the foam from there LR-10's. Only one of mine has the foam intact.

Winston Gale
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Hello, I have just purchased a 1980 LR-10 (serial# L802463)in mint condition. Does anyone have any idea what the current value of this guitar may be?
Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Hello All,

That's my 1980 LR10 in the previous post. Here's a URL whee you can see some more pictures of the guitar:

Ibanez Lee Ritenour LR10

All of the photos were taken by the guitar's previous owner Paco Marquez.

Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   


Your LR10 looks very, very nice.

I would like your opinion regarding the LR10.

How do you like the way the LR10 sounds?

(If you presently own or have owned an 80's AS200)... How does the LR10 sound compare to the 1980's AS200?

Do you miss not having the TRI-Sound switch(Coil Tap)on your LR10? or Do you think the LR10 could use a TRI-Sound Switch?

How do you like the physical weight and balance of the LR10?

What else do you enjoy about your Ibanez Lee Ritenour LR10 guitar?
It's Rareness?
etc, etc,...

Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   


I've never owned an AS200, or any Ibanez with the tri-sound, so I can't comment on that. What's your opinion of the coil tap? Does it give the AS200 an edge over the LR10 and other Ibanez semi-hollowbodies?

I have owned a couple of AS100s, and I prefer the tone of my current 100 to the LR10. The neck position Super 58 is just so warm and fat. It's one of my favorites. That being said, the LR10 has a beautiful tone - clear and articulate, and perfect for jazz and blues.

As far as physical weight, the LR10 is significantly lighter than my Artist and very well balanced. The center block is a 3-piece laminate of what appears to be maple/mahogany/maple. The laminated block not only cuts down on the weight, but also gives the guitar a unique tone and feel.

The neck on the LR10 is unique as well. It's very fast and wide and flat towards the heel, so playing in the upper registers is breeze.

My favorite aspect of the LR10 is the overall quality of the construction. I've owned approximately twenty guitars - gibsons, fenders, yamaha, a rickenbacker - and the LR10 is one of the best as far as materials and fit and finish are concerned. Everything is put together flawlessly, and Ibanez used gorgeous woods throughout (even the fretboard has beautiful grain). Gibson may have invented the 335, but Ibanez seems to have refined it in the 1980s.

Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Check out the Lee Ritenour prototype on the Blue Horizon site:

Ibanez Lee Ritenour Page
Clyde Kent
Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2001 - 1:10 pm:   

I have owned an Ibanez LR10 for 20 years ( Ser. # L807892 ) and have enjoyed this instrument a great deal over the years. The various Blue Book listings for this guitar have increased and diminished and even completely ignored it's existence. I was interested in finding what these guitars typically sell for in todays market. My instrument is in fantastic shape showing very little wear. I am also interested in knowing what the additional toggle switch is that I see on some examples of this model, additional feature added later or add-on ?
Posted on Saturday, October 27, 2001 - 3:28 pm:   


I own three Ibanez LR10 Lee Ritenour models and none of them have an additional toggle switch. The vintage 1970's/80's Ibanez 2630, AS200, & AS400 are the only "FULL-SIZE" simi-hollow guitars with the extra toggle switch (known as the TRI-Switch) as standard equipment.

LR10's price range vary greatly!


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