Routings for electronics and wiring were pretty rough in a manner similar to todays Indonesian guitars.But Ibanez got very popular because young guitarists that could not afford a Gibson or a Fender could buy a guitar that offered a good balance between price and quality..looked professional!
He made the first few instruments himself in 1959, but quickly realized the challenges of producing sufficient quantities of guitars.
He brought in a German master violin maker named Karl Muller.
Before we get too sentimental we must remember that when you inspect some of the earlier guitars that the construction was not completely accurate and faithful to the originals.
Most of the Les Paul copies had bolt-on necks and multi-piece, plywood tops.
It is an urban legend that the Gibson/Norlin lawsuit was filed against a number of Japanese companies.
It is also commonly held it was over the exact copying of American designs. This headstock change came shortly after Ibanez introduced serial numbers.The ads for that one were really cool; Bob standing there behind a mic with what looked like a prototype -- with five volume knobs in a sort-of pentagon shape!A good friend of ours, Keith Gray, sold Ibanez guitars back in the 70's and 80's, and the guitars were just great.Anyone who cruises e Bay looking for old Ibanez guitars quickly finds the word lawsuit.Like many words in our society, this one is oft used, seldom understood.Find an old Ibanez that is a copy of another, more familiar guitar? I have seen guitars go for much more than they are actually worth simply because the purchaser has fallen for the hype or actually didn't know what constitutes a "lawsuit" model.