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1980 Ibanez Joe Pass JP20 Archtop Guitar SOLD

1980 Ibanez Joe Pass JP20 Archtop Guitar  SOLD

The Ibanez Joe Pass JP20 was produced from late 1980 until 1990, and was based on Joe’s D’Aquisto guitar. The body is a comfortable 16 inches wide, with a full depth of 2 3/4 inches; the scale length is 25 1/2 inches with a nut width of 1 3/4 inches.

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1988 Ibanez George Benson GB-10 (consignment) SOLD

1988 Ibanez George Benson GB-10 (consignment) SOLD

This example of the Ibanez George Benson GB-10 is in very good condition, with light play wear; with a good clean it could look near mint but aged. The binding has yellowed very nicely, perhaps to the tone of a 1950’s guitar.

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1939 Epiphone Masterbilt Broadway Archtop Guitar (consignment) SOLD

1939 Epiphone Masterbilt Broadway Archtop Guitar (consignment)  SOLD

In the time between the World Wars, giant archtops ruled the Earth’s stages and bandstands, and in that period, Epiphone was one of the most dominant names. During the 1930’s, Epiphone used the ‘Masterbilt’ label to denote higher-end instruments.

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2002 Ibanez Artist AR2000 Prestige (Consignment) No Longer Available

2002 Ibanez Artist AR2000 Prestige (Consignment) No Longer Available

This 2002 Ibanez Artist AR2000 Prestige is a great illustration of the quality level Ibanez is capable of.

Ibanez makes a lot of different guitars, and their Artist series is near the top. The AR2000 Prestige was built between 1998 and 2003, when it was superceded by the AR3000.

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Ibanez GB-10 George Benson 1979 (Consignment) No Longer Available

Ibanez GB-10 George Benson 1979 (Consignment) No Longer Available

This Ibanez GB-10 George Benson will have you swinging in no time! Sells for $1600

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Ibanez Model 2471, 1976 No Longer Available

Ibanez Model 2471, 1976  No Longer Available

Ibanez produced a large number of good copies of popular brand guitars, and at their top end were renderings of the ‘Johhny Smith’ archtops. This 1976 example, the model 2471, is in good shape with a modification – the volume and tone controls, originally mounted on the pickguard, have been moved to the top.

Despite being a close copy, this is not what’s known as a ‘lawsuit’ model. The lawsuit was over Ibanez’ use of the open-book headstock shape, and by this time Ibanez had stopped using that design, opting for this shape which they still use.

This is a really, really nice instrument and is priced far below what it copies. We know of one top local jazz player who has used one of these for years.

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