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Bongshang - Posted - 09/02/2007:  12:05:27


Cleaned out the loft this weekend and found this. The hi res ones are on my homepage if you can't read the text.





Bongshang

banjotef - Posted - 09/02/2007:  13:00:56


Too Cool!! I have an Ibanez guitar I bought in 1974. Still plays well , but the neck developed a twist in it a few years ago!!

banjonz - Posted - 09/02/2007:  15:42:16


That is good archival material. I have a photocopy of that one. I helps me identify Ibanez banjos of that are. You will notice that the peghead shape and inlays are a departure from the standard Gibson clones they produced in the 70's.

Wayne
New Zealand

The thunder god went off the ride upon his favourite filly; 'I'm Thor' he cried, the horse replied 'You forgot your thaddle thilly'!

stanger - Posted - 09/02/2007:  15:58:50


Hi, Bong...
That is the very last catalog for Ibanez banjos and mandolins. The Mountaineer was originally a banjo I designed, but never went into production, as far as I know- I have the prototype, which was used in the catalog before this one.

When time this catalog came out, they used the name on an in-house design and dropped mine. Some of my inlays ended up on the Hunter and Blue Mountain models. I was also responsible for their switch to a Kerschner style tailpiece.

These late banjos are good sounding, but they dropped somewhat in quality from the earlier models. The inlays on these are pearloid, and the fingerboards are all rosewood- earlier Ibanez' used real pearl and ebony boards on the better models. Their sunbursts were noticeably better, though. The late mandos are better sounding than their earlier ones, even though the have a real Gumby look to them.

The 82 and 83 notations on the cover were hopeful -- I think banjo production ceased in late 1981-early 1982. Ibanez, of all the Asian makes, are one of the few who never went back to making banjos in the '90s when the market picked back up. But back in the mid-70s, they were really concentrating on high quality. They were among the first Japanese manufacturers who were really innovative, and learned the US market demands.

The line of Tama guitars they made for a few years were excellent, and excellent sounding. These guitars cost a lot of build, and are hard to find now, as they were lightly built for the time, and had a delicate shellac finish. They suffered the most from the Asian ibnstruments' tendency to dry out and crack when moved to the drier atmosphere in much of the US. The Tama's successor, the Art Wood, was not as good sounding or elegant but was more sturdy.
regards,
Stanger

"Sometimes I like green shade, and sometimes I like dry shade"

g3zdm - Posted - 09/02/2007:  16:00:23


Thanks.
Looking at that, mine is a BJ250 (although a higher resolution photo would be needed to confirm that).
Plays and sounds nicely though.
I thought Ibanez only made banjos in the 1970's - looks like I was wrong.
I would appreciate any more info that someone might have.



Chris Muriel
Manchester, UK

Bongshang - Posted - 09/02/2007:  16:01:56


Stanger - you are full of surprises! Yet again you come with the goods!



Bongshang

stanger - Posted - 09/02/2007:  17:20:52


Thanks, Bong...
I was connected to Ibanez for a while... their Western distributors, from the Pacific to the Mississippi, were located here.
I was the only banjo guy any of them knew for a while, so really, it was mostly by default.
regards,
Stanger

"Sometimes I like green shade, and sometimes I like dry shade"

banjonz - Posted - 09/02/2007:  20:02:12


Stanger, that is great info. Is there any chance of you posting some pix of the prototype you have. Would be interested in seeing it.


Wayne
New Zealand

The thunder god went off the ride upon his favourite filly; 'I'm Thor' he cried, the horse replied 'You forgot your thaddle thilly'!

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