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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-26-2007, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Fender Esprit... Made by Ibanez?


Thought some of you may be interested in this Fender Esprit which I picked up a few years ago second hand for 550 (I think it retailed around 1200)

It's the Fender Esprit, made in 1983. (pronounced Espree don't you know!) From what I understand they were a limited run. Fender were trying to make a more Gibson type guitar I think!? Apparantly only a few thousand were made

Get this though... they were made in Japan at the Fujigen Gakki factory of Ibanez fame!

Some specs:

Alder Body, routed tone chambers, maple top and set neck

Two special-design Schaller humbuckers

Crome Tuners and Bridge/tailpiece also Schaller designed

It's a nice quick player and was my main guitar before I came over to Ibanez (now playing RGA121 and PGM301). The neck is about 19mm at 1st fret (if you like to know that sort of thing)

I wonder has anyone else here on Jemsite got one of these??

Here are a few pics, let me know what you think and if you want any more closup of anything!!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-26-2007, 12:59 PM
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Re: Fender Esprit... Made by Ibanez?

Fyi, The Fujigen-Gakki factory isn't owned by Hoshino or any of its affiliates, just in case. The factory makes Fender guitars to this day, along with other brands for their "Made in Japan" instruments, along with Ibanez, of course

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-26-2007, 02:08 PM
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Re: Fender Esprit... Made by Ibanez?

That became the Robben ford model...fyi.
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alder body , robben ford

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