Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Unknown Ibanez What is it?
That has all the features of a mid to late-2000s budget or moderately priced Ibanez.
At first I thought maybe the body was from somewhere else and this was some sort of fake, but it's totally legit. The tuners, headstock name and small logo, and dual blades are all Ibanez. It could be something that was a test bed for a NAMM show and thus extremely rare. Until you find out what it is, hang onto it at all costs as some collector somewhere will pay far more for it than you did if it proves to be an unreleased item.
I used to go to a small vintage store that specialized in rare, unreleased, NAMM, and one of a kind stuff and they charged plenty for it knowing there were collectors out there with tons of cash going for bragging rights. One poster here appeared to have what could be prototype Shaw PAFs in an early-80s Gibson (those would have to be checked but they may have been made at his own house in Elgin, IL and if they have wildly different readings and/or no serial, then they could be onto something) and the price on something that iconic is basically subject to insane bidding war.
As Ibanez collectors are starting to raid the internet, what one collector is willing to pay out in cash (if he/she has lots of it) will surprise you. Some Ibanez lawsuit instruments, before they got really good, are quite rare and not the best but they often fetch prices higher than a same period Fender or Gibson that it set out to copy.
The typical new instrument dealer will not have the time, expertise, or patience to check out if a rare guitar is a one of a kind NAMM show item, and they may not care. But historically, those unreleased instruments which tell the story of Ibanez in their successes and failures, and in this case probably a failure) are what Ibanez collectors live for. I was mostly a Gibson and Fender collector, but the current Ibanez collectors are no less brainwashed, aggressive, and infected with GAS.