This is an Ibanez Model 2340 Deluxe 59’er in cherryburst finish. The 2340s were meant to be a sort of lower end of their Les Paul copies, with uncovered pick-ups and gaps between top and body. This piece, however, has covered pick-ups that appear all original and not tampered with. This could have been a manufacturing mistake, or perhaps the neck was swapped with another lawsuit. On that note, unlike your standard Les Paul, this guitar has a four-bolt neck. It has also had its tuners replaced with Kluson-style aftermarkets and it is missing its pickguard. As a player, this guitar is very smooth and easy with a nice sound from the pick-ups. The bridge is a bit jangly, but in the lower positions it sounds great. The neck and middle positions are where this guitar shines with very warm and silky tones from the neck pick-up. After a long life of play, this guitar has picked up lots of character marks, with the biggest being on the treble side aligned with the knobs where it looks like perhaps dragged across concrete. The sides in general are the most blemished part of the guitar, including some chipping on the side of the headstock. Still, none of the blemishes do much to tarnish the vintage look of this guitar, and they do nothing to detract from playability. Ships in its original hard-shell case.
A Brief History from our Tech Writer
During the 1970s, Gibson was experiencing a downturn in quality during the so-called “Norlin Era”. Pancake laminate bodies replaced the choice solid bodies of the ‘60s, and mini-humbuckers replaced the PAFs and T-buckers that made their tones legendary. Through all this, the lofty price of the Gibson brand stayed the same, and many budget conscious players looked to Japan for quality instruments that would not break the bank. In comes the Hoshino corporation who began building and importing Les Paul copies to the states through Ibanez USA to sell at low cost. These guitars were by no means perfect, with some featuring chambered bodies with laminate tops and bolt-on necks, but they were player’s pieces that were reliable for a great price. The now legendary lawsuit occurred when Norlin began to feel the loss from the copies, and today the instruments from that time are sought after collector’s items in addition to remaining excellent performing instruments.
Weight: 7 lbs.13 oz.
Nut Width: 1 11/16”
6/10 (good condition) 1970s Made in Japan
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