I bought this Ibanez Semi Acoustic in 1985, from a friend, but neither of us knew the model number.
I paid £245 GBP for it at the time but, in 1986, I took it to a music store where I was offered £850 GBP for it on the spot, by the store owner. I only wanted to try my guitar with an amp I was thinking of buying, but as soon as I took it from the case, he made the offer.
Lastly, he explained that in a private sale, I could probably get over £1000 GBP, as he was taking into account shop and tax overheads in the price he was willing to pay.
I mention money only because it was 1986 and these sums were massive in those days. However, I kept the guitar, thank God!
Although I had no intention of selling, he still explained why he wanted it for shop stock. He said it was a 'George Benson Gold' model Ibanez, made prior to the GB10 & 20, and it was also made before Ibanez shifted production to Japan.
When I told him there was no serial number on it, figuring it was copy, (bearing in mind I wasn't selling...) he said that serial numbers were not used until the production of the Japan built Ibanez range.
So my questions for you, the fountains of Ibanez knowledge, are as follows:
1 - Has anyone heard of a 'George Benson Gold' model made prior to Japanese production?
2 - Is it true about the serial numbers not being used before Japanese production?
3 - If there was a 'George Benson Gold' model, is my guitar one of them?
4 - Does anyone think my guitar is a copy?
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I hope you can help me on this one! Thanks, and a happy new year to you all!