1975 Ibanez Model 2350
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.
Sporting the “open book” headstock style that got the company in so much trouble, this Ibanez is a model 2350 in black finish with multi-ply creme binding. This instrument is from 1975 when many copies were unbranded. This piece also lacks a serial number, and the dating had to be done through the pick-ups, which were made by Maxon and stamped with a serial number. The instrument has seen a lot of play in its life and bears several dings and scratches across the top and back finishes. The gold hardware is a little cloudy as well but still looks great against the black finish. The tuners are very clean, but they appear to be replacements. With no lack of playability, this guitar has a fast neck and a low action, and the chambered body is easy to hold up for hours of play. The pick-ups have a great crunch to them, with a kind of low-fi bass sound from the bridge that is really fun. The tone can also clean up nicely, especially in the neck. Ships in its original hardshell case.
Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.
Nut Width: 1 11/16”
7/10 (very good condition) 1975 Made in Japan
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