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Ekkerman
Username: Ekkerman

Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 2:16 am:   

hi guys ( and probably girls as well) i was wandering how all of you ibanez enthousiast out there started with our shared craze...and especially what kind and types of guitar you own besides a ibanez and what you think of them whem comparing them to the ibanez. i own a catalyst wich is a woodless guitar and 6 (!) artists.
i find the v2 pup unbeatable and the 2622 the most versatile.
how did we come about to be so ibanez crazed?
my craze started when i bought me a box of old black and white music maker magazines and stumbled across an ar50 review in an volume from 1981 .i fell inlove and was hooked ever sinds.
luckelly i obtained it severall years ago when this all started i think it was 5 years ago and like i said i own 6 of them now ;
an ar30,50 two 100's a 300 and a 2622!
how did it start for you all and what do you play besides ibanez and do you perform with the axes?
i do two times a week ,play the ar 50 with v2 pups ...
there are movieclips of me and my ar 50 if you surch a bit on the dutch website ;
www.triojoyride.nl
hope to read all about you and see if you have websites...
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Bobzilla
Username: Bobzilla

Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 8:14 am:   

They used to be affordable, that's how I got started. Compared to other guitars.... it's hard to find a better azxe than an old Ibanez.
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Bobzilla
Username: Bobzilla

Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 8:13 am:   

That's "axe" not "azxe."
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Fingersmcoy
Username: Fingersmcoy

Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 8:43 am:   

Some were paid to be Agents of enthouazxesm and some still are Read between the lines!These agents influence others,and they tell 2 friends and they tell 2 friends. Wow im a genius!A.K.A. marketing.I really had some of those agents squrming hahahah
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Cmangeot
Username: Cmangeot

Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 9:23 am:   

Do you mean "Custom Agents"?

Most people just play any old ibanez from 1976 to 1983, and they say, HOLY SXXT!!! As Bob correctly put, the popularity of the instruments is not due to some cheerleading by others. It is due to incredible quality for the money, and they are very nice to look at in most cases,too.
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Guitarwhisperer
Username: Guitarwhisperer

Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 9:26 am:   

I got into the Grateful Dead about 3 years ago, and was fascinated by Bob Weir's tone. We bought in a model 2617 at the guitar shop I was doing repairs in, and the owner mistakenly called it a Bob Weir, so I bought it and fell in love with it. Ironically, Bob never played his Ibanezes the way these things come stock including the Bob Weir model, so I never approximated his tone, but the guitar was built superiorly(is that a word). I don't have that one anymore. Then I discovered eBay! I just bought a really nice 2617 from a local guitar shop, all original, but someone took off the butterfly covers. I just put some covers back on, so now it's back to stock. Has the original pots and knobs too, control cavity is immaculate, solder joints never been touched.
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Lvdvondel
Username: Lvdvondel

Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 9:47 am:   

It all started with an MC250 that I bought 20 years ago. I sold it ten years ago and five years later I went looking for the same guitar and found out that there were a lot of nice Ibanezes and so I started my collection. It was an affordable hobby, having the fun of restoring these fine instrument to original and near mint condition. Looking at nowadays prices, a very good investment too. Unfortunately, I have to say "it was" a nice hobby. I just can't coop anymore with today's vintage ibanez prices. Not that those prices aren't fair for what you get.
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Tbplayer
Username: Tbplayer

Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 12:17 pm:   

it started with a concord 684 e. when i was 16. my first electric was a silver series strat i bought myself at 18. i could afford them , they played great. 31 years later i own so far, a 2617, a challenger, and a 66' les paul. all of which are still logging stage tims
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Holmis63
Username: Holmis63

Registered: 3-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 3:57 pm:   

A friend back in the seventies when i was a teenager bought a new 2622, and i have the oportunity to play around with that one a couple of times. Feld in love amediately, but back then (and now?) i was a single coil man, so i bought a new Strat in 1979 and played only that one for 25 years! After those 25 years or so the frets on the strat was worn down. While those where changed (catched a serious finger itching) i remembered the 2622 from back in the seventies and went out looking for one. Imported a 1977 2680 from the US and rediscovered the 70:s, lovely guitar with i real nice tone from the neck pup! Since then i have bought one 1980 ar100 and i have to agree with you Ekkerman, the v2:s are killers, sounds better than any LP ive heard! Also a new ar300 made in Korea that is a quite good guitar actually but not as the vintage Japanese ones. But unfortunately i havent picked up "the" 2622 yet, Still looking, a wine red would be nice. I love those ar and Weir ibanezes but if i have to compare it to my Strat ill chose that one first! But hey, i have always prefered single coil guitars and mostly Fenders, still, ive only got one electric Fender (the old 79 Strat)and three Ibanezes, maybe im going thrue a change and become a humbucker man?!

Holmis63
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Chucke99
Username: Chucke99

Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 3:57 pm:   

The first real electric guitar I bought was an Ibanez V (Korina) in 1976. I bought it because it was a V, not because it was Ibanez. The next guitar I wanted was a Gibson 335 (I was a big fan of Rush) and I bought a hollowbody Ibanez Artist because it looked fantastic and by that time I loved my Ibanez V. Third electric was an Ibanez Musician (MC400NT) and I traded the V in for part of that payment. I regret trading that guitar in to this day, and for just plain selling my Artist a few years after that for cash. In the 1980's, I bought a Fernandes Telecaster, and then promptly traded that for a Fernandes Strat, since I wanted a whammy bar. Since I've begun "collecting" my goal in life has been to repatriate my lost guitars. I've snagged a Fernandes Tele (sunburst with binding) and am wheeling and dealing my way to the cash to reaquire both the Ibanez V and Artist. I've been able to add two Ibanez basses to my collection also. An MC900NT (a fraternal twin to my MC400NT) and a circa 1973 Ibanez jazz bass, which I am restoring at the moment.
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Cmangeot
Username: Cmangeot

Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 4:08 pm:   

My first love was the MC980 and MC940's that I saw sting play in the early eighties. I was about six at the time. I have been aquiring Ibanez musicians, artists, roadsters and prestige models. I love all of them
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Johns
Username: Johns

Registered: 2-2001
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 5:24 pm:   

Guys:

This is a really great conversation. But, as it's straying from the Vintage guitar focus, I'm going to move it to the Miscellaneous section, soon.
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Fox
Username: Fox

Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - 7:37 pm:   

OK, dear friends..My story, not quite a short one..Back in the 80's I repaired & hot-rodded guitar electronics, as a guitar tech to a couple of bands and in one luthier's workshop.. Also did some repairs&setups for one importer of one old American brand.. :-)
I had noticed of course, that one Japanese brand was installing those tri-sound switches to some models as a standard feature so of course I was vaguely interested in obtaining one such guitar..
Unfortunately here in Finland those "better" Ibanezes were very scarce, mostly because they were nearly as expensive as cheaper Gibbys..so the importer seemingly did not order those AR:s higher than AR100... Of course they were available, special order, but I guess that the number of "original imports" in those models is very limited..
Well, back to business.. I was playing in one folk-rock band also in that time, and in some pieces I doubled in 12-string guitar..Usually I had this acoustic that had to be miked, but I really wanted an electric 12-string..so I went and used my contacts for to have a Gibby ES-335-12 semi. But they were scarce as hen's teeth, being discontinued for a quite a while..
So, this one young salesperson said to me: Hey, we have one second hand 12-string solidbody..you can get it quite cheap, because no-one's interested in solid twelves, and it's a Jap guitar...
That very guitar is still here, 2618-12 Artist..
So, that was my first (but certainly not the last) Ibanez Artist...
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Jchester
Username: Jchester

Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 12:29 am:   

In 1977, I was working in a music store, in Roanoke, VA. This music store was a Gibson dealer & we stocked both the L6S Custom & the L6 Deluxe (string-thru, oil-finish body, rosewood fingerboard, basic 3-way switch, basic electronics). I'd played both & fell in love with the 'S', for its tonal pallette & maple neck & fingerboard (an old affair with a maple-neck Tele still had me convinced).

Then, one day, a 'touring' guitarist came in & traded his Ibanez 2451 for the far inferior L6 Deluxe, just to have the Gibson logo on the headstock. After I'd made the deal (with a healthy commission), I played the 2451 & the L6S, side by side, in a practice studio, through a Fender Twin.

Results: The 2451 SMOKED the L6S! It had better action, higher output, smoother overdrive, MORE tonal variations, better pots, yada, yada, yada. It was an instant love affair. I immediately made a deal with the store manager to buy it for what I'd allowed for it in trade ($250) & played it ecstatically, until my ex forced me to sell it & my equally loved Music Man 210-65 amp in a "baby's coming" panic.

I dreamed about that guitar for almost 30 years, until I got another one, last year, from Dave_g. It's been like hooking up with an old sweetheart, ever since.

Then came the EP-9, the Weir, etc.
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Mikew
Username: Mikew

Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 5:46 am:   

Around `85 I was playing in a student R'n'R Band. A chap of mine was playing a prelawsuite lespaul copie, that I was very envy about cause I owned a more or less cheap Strat copie. At that time I already admired the elegance appearance of the jazz boxes hanging at the local music store, but it wasn't the time, yet. I was a somewhat tall boy then (6'2 - now a bit rounder)so I always hated hanging tiny guitars around my neck. To go towards the aforemtioned direction I decided to get some ES 335 style guitar. Somewhen in '85 I saw an ad that offered an 335 type Ibanez. I instantly fell in love with that one and bought it for around 250 - lots of money for a student at that time. Time went by an I quitted playing due to job, family andsoon reason. About one year ago I was clearing out the basement and there hidden in a far corner was my old guitar equipment. I instantly decided to start over after almost 15 years. By the way, I never really knew what model I was playing exacly. So I did an inquiry in the ICW-Forum and Harry was so kind to bring the light in.

But that's the next story - If you like to know, follow the link. Model ident 2467WN

2467
My first Ibanez

greets

-mike

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