Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Ibanez Signature built by not Ibanez in the 80's?
Back in 1987 a very well known guitarbuilder got a visitor from Norway. The guy from Norway was then, and still is a very well known salesperson with good connections in the US. This guitarbuilder had about ten Ibanez guitars ready to be painted. He had built them all, and they were made to the artists, not for sale. I won't tell his name here yet, I have to make sure that it's true. After what my norwegian friend could tell, this was excellent guitars, beautiful wood and flawless craftmanship.
My friend asked why he had Ibanez guitars, and possibly Jems, in his workshop. He was told that the signature models were made to the artists by him, and some other people painted them. I have told my friend to ask this US guy if he can recall what guitars he made, possibly how many.
This is something that I have never heard of before with Ibanez. I know it's the case with some other guitarmodels. Like the Takamine Springsteen model.
I know this got a hush, hush signal from Ibanez. Could someone verify that this happened? And maybe fill in some more info on how, who and where?