Ibanez is aware of online auction websites that currently have hundreds of instruments that look like Ibanez guitars and/or feature our trademarked Ibanez headstocks and logos. Ibanez is actively involved in addressing this ongoing international counterfeiting issue. These guitars do not offer the feel, sound and quality people expect from Ibanez. In fact, most are not good guitars by any standard.
We here at Ibanez, our distributors, and our retailers have heard many complaints from consumers who have purchased these instruments thinking they were getting a great deal when actually, in the end, they were getting swindled.
If a guitar is up for auction or straight sale at a price that’s a fraction of what a new or used Ibanez guitar would typically sell for, chances are it’s not a genuine Ibanez. If the shipping cost is more than the price of the guitar, it’s probably not a genuine Ibanez.
The best protection against being cheated or disappointed is to buy your new or used Ibanez guitars and basses from an authorized Ibanez retailer. Please contact the distributor for your country that’s listed on the Ibanez website to find the nearest Ibanez authorized retailer.
Many great resources exist for verifying the authenticity of vintage Ibanez products (such as Jemsite for example). When purchasing vintage Ibanez guitars from auction sites please contact the seller to find out their location, check their feedback, request multiple photos, and the serial number to verify the authenticity of the instrument.
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