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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-12-2014, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Former Ibanez Custom Luthiers?

Does anyone know of who and what Ibanez custom shop luthiers (former) are doing? I know Mike Lipe used to work for Ibanez. Curious because I can name some former fender CS employees who have gone on to do their own thing, but can't really think of former Ibanez employees.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-14-2014, 01:29 PM
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Re: Former Ibanez Custom Luthiers?

I happen to know Mike Lipe is building phenomenal guitars here in Southern California. LIPE GUITARS U.S.A. I met him at the NAMM show, great guy, great guitars!
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Re: Former Ibanez Custom Luthiers?

The original crew was Mace Bailey and Jim Donahue when the CS was in PA. Mace wanted to be a pilot so quit to pursue that career. Jim started Noah James guitars, then using his Chinese contacts he had from trailblazing Ibanez production into China, started a factory with a Chinese partner. I believe they're making "house brands" now.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 06:43 PM
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Re: Former Ibanez Custom Luthiers?

Remember that Nick Sugimoto (former Fujigen R&D responsible for many Ibanez models) now has Sugi guitars. See to check his models out.
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