In 1970 they focus more on producing cheaper but comparable models of the great USA brands like Gibson, Fender and Rickenbacker. Despite their cheaper production, the replicas of Ibanez have a high quality and are therefore a strong competitor for the USA brands.
In the 1980s own designs were introduced such as the, Performer, Musician and Iceman Models.
From the first successful copies of their own models from the 1970s and 1980s to today, Ibanez has been a solid and indispensable big name in the music industry.
The Ibanez serial numbers generally consist of a string of letters and numbers, but in some cases only numerically.
This period is also called "Golden Years of Ibanez".
(The serial numbers used here as examples are fictional) 19751986 Letter (AL) 6 digits Example: H770544 The letter represent the month of manufacture (A=January B=February...Drum kits were also made with the brand name "Tama".From 1966 however, it was decided no more build guitars for other companies.Because the request of guitars could no longer be met, Yoshitaro decided to build guitars themselve.Meanwhile, his four sons were also part of the venture and the company Hoshino Gakki was founded.
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Unfortunately, Ibanez does not use a uniform format for their serial numbers.