Until now there has not been any easy way to browse the wiki in any meaningful way. To address that shortcoming we've recently completed the first phase of the Portal implementation. Portals are meant to provide a way to navigate the wiki.
The first phase includes the creation of yearly Portals for each year back to 1987. Check out the 2017 Portal to get an idea of what this is all about. This page provides a list (including images) of all of the current models with links to the individual model articles.
The next step involves crafting portals for each guitar series. This remains a work in progress, but for an example of what these will look like, check out the RGA series portal. This page breaks down all the RGA models by line (i.e. Presti…Read more >
It's been a few weeks since Ibanez's new 2017 lineup made its debut at the NAMM show. As of this morning I finished the task of adding all the new models and updating all of the models carried over from previous years. So the wiki should now contain all known current Ibanez solid body guitar models.
The easiest way (for now) to see all the 2017 models in one place is to check out Category:2017 models. In the near future I hope to have a 2017 portal created which will be similar to this one for 2014.
As of now I've seen only the USA and European 2017 catalogs. We've also got the 2017 USA new product book which documents the new models for the US market. If anyone has access to or knows where I can find the catalog for any of the other markets…Read more >
If you've been following this blog, you're probably aware of the ongoing effort to bring this wiki back to life and make it into the Internet's most definitive resource for information about Ibanez guitars. This effort was undertaken this spring when I happened upon the wiki and realized what a great resource it is. Unfortunately, the wiki's founder had been inactive for the previous five years and the site was not being actively updated.
Our first step was to add articles for all of the models produced since 2011. This first stage was completed in mid-June.
We then re-focused our efforts on filling in the gaps of everything prior to 2011. This effort has been ongoing since and we recently completed documenting the models back through 1993. …Read more >
I noticed recently that its been a couple of months since I've posted on the ongoing effort to jumpstart this wiki and make it THE comprehensive online source for Ibanez information.
As of today every catalog model back to 2002 has been added to the wiki. That means we've now got 15 years of comprehensive coverage of Ibanez solid body guitars. With that, we're (chronologically) half way to our stated goal of covering the period from 1987 (when the first JEMs and the original RG550 were introduced) through present.
Currently this wiki contains 1,294 guitar model articles, which is an increase of over 100 since late June and of 539 articles since this jumpstart effort began. This represents an increase in coverage of over 70%.
Obviously, more work l…Read more >
It seems like a good time to pass along an update to the ongoing "Wiki Reboot" effort. We've made a LOT of headway in bringing the site up to date. As of today, we've now got every model which appears in an Ibanez catalog since 2008 documented on the wiki. We've also added many additional models which never (or haven't yet) made a catalog appearance. This includes all of the solid body models introduced at last week's Summer NAMM show. I'm sure there are still a few spot models made in the past 8 years that we're missing, but I doubt there are a whole bunch of these.
Now that the site is essentially up-to-date I expect to turn the focus of my efforts in two directions: 1) adding any models that are missing between 1987 and 2007 and 2) improvi…Read more >
The 2016 Summer NAMM show is underway in Nashville. So far I haven't heard much about new Ibanez solid body models. The "big" announcement I've seen from Ibanez so far concerns the Artwood Vintage Thermo Aged acoustic line although Ibanez was touting those on social media several weeks ago.
The only new solid body model that I haven't already seen is the SIX6FDFM which is an S series Iron Label with a reversed headstock. I'll try to get an article put together on that model shortly.
I'll update this post if I see any more announcements. Anyone hearing or seeing anything else new and exciting?
Update: I found the summer new product catalog and created a new page for it. Turns out there are quite a number of new products and new finishes that I…Read more >
In the past I've featured mostly guitars that are unusual or rare, but today, I've decided to post one that just looks like a bargain to me.
Today's find is a 2001 Destroyer that is listed on Reverb for US $129 + $35 shipping (to lower-48 US only) or best offer. It's been well-used, but appears to still have some life left (of course the devil is in the details). The seller lists it as a 2000 model, but the serial number (W411246) indicates that it was made in April of 2001 for Ibanez by World Musical Instrument Co. of Incheon, South Korea. Based on what I can gather this is a DTX120.
Hopefully someone will scoop it up quick because if it languishes I might be tempted to get my credit card out, which would make my wife none too happy. ;)
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Recently stumbled upon this short clip from the American reality TV series Pawn Stars that features an appraisal of a seventies-era Ibanez Musician series guitar:Read more >
Today's featured "eBay find" is actually not even on eBay, but on Reverb. Once again we're dipping our toe into the "vintage" end of the pool.
This one is a 1984 DT-380 Destroyer. Again, this model is too old to be in the scope of this wiki (yet), but I found some information here. I don't see this model in the 1984 X series catalog, but the DT350 covered there is likely to have some similarities. The most interesting thing about this particular example is (obviously?) the "Safari" paint scheme; it really completes the guitar's quintessential 80's vibe.
This example appears to be in decent shape considering its age. It appears to perhaps have the original dual V5 humbuckers. The bridge appears to me to be a Powerrocker Fender-style non-locki…Read more >
I teased today's eBay find in my first post in this series. This one might not look like much, but it's got an interesting history.
Today's featured instrument is a Blazer series model which was (according to the seller's description) owned and played on stage by former Ibanez artist Reb Beach of Winger, Alice Cooper, Dokken, Whitesnake, etc. This one was a custom model, made in Ibanez' L.A. custom shop in 1997 (serial number LA042197). The Blazer was a Fender strat copy which was made by Ibanez in the early 1980s and reissued in the late 1990s. This example appears to be well used with some possible damage to the pick guard and plenty of nicks and dings. It is equipped with EMG pickups in an HSS configuration.
The back of the guitar is sign…Read more >