The roots of Ibanez guitars go all the way back to Nagoya, Japan, to a company named Hoshino, which was founded in 1908 as a sheet-music store and later broadened its line to include other music products. A few decades after it began, Hoshino started selling a Spanish guitar model called the Ibanez, which, in 1957, became the namesake for the company.

The 1960s and 1970s are known today as Ibanez’s lawsuit period—the company produced a variety of imitations of guitars by Fender, Gibson, and others. The imitations earned a reputation for low prices and relatively high quality, but Ibanez’s strategy ultimately resulted in a lawsuit brought by the parent company of Gibson in 1977.

After settling the lawsuit, Ibanez began focusing more on its own models and partnerships with leading guitarists, especially as the 1980s heralded a focused attention on guitar solos and virtuosity. Paul Stanley of Kiss, for example, stuck with the Ibanez Iceman model, whereas Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden generally used the Ibanez Destroyer.

Ibanez guitars are still popular today among hard rockers and jazz players, alike, and the company produces a number of very popular bass guitars, as well.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Vintage Guitars Info

Vintage Guitars Info

This great reference site features detailed sections for vintage guitar makers including Gibson, Fender, Martin, Gr… [read review or visit site]

Vintage Guitar and Bass

Vintage Guitar and Bass

Want to see all the old brochures and ads for your favorite vintage axe? Check out this great site, which showcases… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1959 Guyatone Lg-50 Teisco Lg-60 Feather Ibanez Hi-tone Maestro Vintage Guitar1979 Greco Mirage M-600 Sister To Ibanez Iceman Restored Vintage Rock MachineIbanez Artist Ar5000re Limited EditionRare 1988 Ibanez Jem Steve Vai Collectors GuitarOriginal 1993 Ibanez Rg550 Guitar Near Mint Usa Jem 550 770 Rg Emerald Green! 1976 Set Neck Ibanez Les Paul Custom! Lawsuit Guitar. Ibanez 1979 St-924 Vintage Fretless Bass With Original Case 1978 Ibanez Neck Through Body Musician Series Guitar W/ CaseIbanez As73 Artcore Semi Hollow Body Sunburst Electric Great No ReserveIbanez Rg-2610 PrestigeIbanez Rg570, Japan Made, Bubinga Stripe, Roadworn1983 Ibanez Roadstar Ii Rs335 Bk **no Reserve!!**Ibanez Jem 7vwh Prestige Steve Vai Signature Guitar White 2008 + Ohsc Ships WwIbanez Tube Screamer Ts808 Keeley ModifiedIbanez Usa Custom Usrg20 Trans Purple - U.s.a. Custom Usrg 20 Jerry Garcia Tribute 1979 Ibanez Musician Mc 300 Ibanez Rg470 Japan Custom Guitar With CaseIbanez Am73b Art Core Semi-hollowbody GuitarIbanez Destroyer Dt-50 | Vintage Early 1980's | Made In JapanIbanez Universe 1999 Uv777pbk 7 StringIbanez Hollow Body Guitar W/ Hard Case, No ReserveUsed Ibanez Af95-tk-12-01 Project GuitarIbanez Rg520qs Quilt Sapele Top Trans Blue Electric Guitar W/case Japan _8 1476Ibanez S420 S-series Electric Guitar Nice!Vintage Ibanez Pf 200 GuitarIbanez Premium Guitar 7 String Black Beautiful Guitar! Bid Start 0.99 No ReserveIbanez Rg5ex1 Electric Guitar Ibanez Af75tdg Semi-hollowbody Artcore Electric GuitarDiscovery Hollow Body 6 String Electric Guitar W/ Bigsby Tailpiece As Is E47Ibanez Sdgr Fretless Bass Guitar 4 String Black1959 Guyatone Lg-50 Teisco Lg-60 Feather Ibanez Hi-tone Maestro Vintage Guitar Ibanez Am-50 Sunburst Hollow Body Electric GuitarIbanez Sr3005e Prestige 5 String Bass + Tkl Hard Shell CaseIbanez Artcore Ag95 Electric GuitarSoundgear By Ibanez Sr500 Electric 4 String Bass Metallic Teal Solid BodyIbanez Srx2ex2rd Electric Bass Guitar 4 String Soundgear Srx Ibanez S5521qs S Series W/ Wizard Iii Neck Guitar Prestige CaseIbanez Ae Acoustic 12 String Guitar Blonde W/ Pickup And Ohsc As Is E47Ibanez Artcore Semi-hollowbody Electric GuitarIbanez - Iron Label - Rgir20fe - Black - Right Handed - Electric Guitar W/ CaseIbanez Rg350dx Creme W Gig Bag Excellent Wizard Neck Shark Fins Edge Iii TremoloIbanez Rg350m-red Body, Black Pick Guard, Right Handed-electric GuitarIbanez Rc320**retro-modern Guitar W/ Killer Tone*mahogany & Maple* $688.88 List!Ibanez Soundgear Sr300 Bass Guitar - Blue W/ Hard Case! Ibanez S770pb Electric Guitar1978 78 Ibanez Artisit 2617 Nt In Exceptional Condition With Case 9/10 Wow!Ibanez Iceman Ic500 Electric GuitarIbanez Rg Series Right Handed Electric GuitarSoundgear By Ibanez 4-string Bass Guitar Sr500Ibanez S470 Electric Guitar - Blue W/ Gig BagIbanez Ew20zwe Exotic Wood Series Zebrawood Acoustic Electric Guitar In NaturalIbanez Sr505l Left Handed Sr Series 5 String Electric Bass Guitar Clean!Ibanez Semi-hollow Body Guitar& Tweed CaseIbanez 7 Electric Guitar Gloss Black With Cream BindingIbanez Destroyer Dtx120 Dtx-120 Electric Guitar Candy Apple Red Right-handedIbanez Jamboree Acoustic Guitar Rare Pre Lawsuit Era2012 Ibanez Am93-ays Artcore Semihollow ElectricIbanez Tube Screamer Ts10 Classic Effects Pedal Part Of A Collection Now Listed1981 Ibanez Ts9 Tube Screamer Overdrive Distortion Vg Works Great TubescreamerRed Ibanez S570b Hsh 24 Jumbo Frets - Used Great Condition S 570 B S570 570b