It may be easier to date an Ibanez guitar knowing when key hardware developments were introduced. 1959-1967: Elger Acoustics are built in Ardmore, Pennsylvania; and are distributed by Medley Music, Grossman Music (Cleveland), Targ and Dinner (Chicago), and the Roger Balmer Company on the west coast.1977: Ibanez´ Super 80 "Flying Finger" humbuckers with chrome covers. Elger imported from Japan the Tama acoustics, Ibanez acoustics, and some Elger electrics.In 1974, the Artist-style neck joint; later in 1976 an Artist ´Les Paul´ arrives.This sets the stage for the LP variant double cutaway Artist model in 1978.
The serial # is #127760, has made in japan and inside the battery cover has MAXON ms-do1002 on it . I recently picked up a mint silver (non-reissue) for a very good price. mk Thank you for supporting Ibanez Collectors Forum.
So there it is peeps, this brings you up to date,if there is other stuff I have left out which I'm sure I might have like the Artstar Jazz Boxes with the H starting serial number...
Lt Commander Roadster please fill in the missing blanks here If you have anything else please put it here so we can keep a uniform thread to be used by all as good reference guide.
Ibanez opens an office and warehouse outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to maintain quality control on imported guitars in 1972.
1973: Ibanez´s Artist series acoustics and electrics are debuted.
I've seen the black label pedals in good condition go for over $200.