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Where Purchased: Private party
One of the best Japanese masterclones of
1976. Clear and bright. I love the neck-so
much better than bigger, bulkier ones. Very
sleek. I know one Vega owner and one
Gibson owner who would like to have it.
Sound Rating: 8
The fret wiz at Atomic guitars in Little Rock set
the action up on this one and it is very smooth
and low with no buzz ever. I have the original
tailpiece, but the one on it now is superior-I
wish I knew more about it.
Setup Rating: 10
Blond maple finish with , genuine
mother-of-pearl inlay on back and on
peghead. Dramatic vine inlay runs up the
fretboard. It has the old Ibanez logo on the
peghead and NO SCRATCHES ANYWHERE!!!
Appearance Rating: 10
It was made in December 1976. It has no
wear, no scratches, and is probably the nicest
one around. I've played it an hour or two a day
for a year and a half, but I doubt it had been played
more than 10 hours previously.
Reliability Rating: 8
None of this applies
Customer Service: not rated
The tuners are excellent and I've had it totally
apart. All looks excellent. It was Ibanez's best
in 1976. This was a nicely made banjo.
Components Rating: 8
This banjo cost $650. new in 1977 (it was built
in Dec 1976). The very snug fitting hard shell
crushed velvet lined case was $69. I couldn't
replace this for less than $1200. judging from
new models I've compared it with.
Overall Rating: 8
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