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 on 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    

Ibanez Talman Japan 1.00 No Reserve1993 Ibanez Rg550 Made In Japan Rare Teal Green Color Pre-owned Read Desc. Ibanez Prestige Rg2120x With Piezo System - Rare!Ibanez H.r. Giger - Rg Rghrg1 - Laser Engraved Limited Edition Guitar - Rare!!!!Ibanez Sv-5470f Prestige Blue 6-string Electric Guitar With Hard Case Used Ibanez Gb10se George Benson Signature Hollowbody Electric Guitar Sold As IsIbanez Iron Label Six7fdfm Dark Space Burst 7-string Electric Guitar Sold As IsIbanez Prestige Team J Craft Electric GuitarGibson Les Paul Guitar Brown Case. Fits Epiphone, Esp, Greco, Ibanez, Hondo 1990Ibanez Rga Iron Label 7 String Ibanez S S570dxcm Saber Series - Rare Purple!!!Ibanez Jem Style Guitar With Dragon Fire Pick Ups For Parts Or RefinishingIbanez Ts-808 Keeley Mod Plus With True Bypass Tube Screamer Overdrive PedalIbanez Sr1405e Sr Premium Transparent Grey Black 5-string Electric Bass4 Guitar Neck Lot - Ibanez Ex Series, Washburn G Junior And More...Vintage 1985 Ibanez Roadstar Ii Electric Guitar - For Parts Or Repair - JapanIbanez S770pb S Series Electric Guitar - Thin Line - Poplar Burl - Edge Zero IiIbanez Avn6dts Artwood Vintage Parlor Distressed Tobacco Acoustic Guitar - As-isIbanez Ts9dx Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal Turbo Tube ScreamerIbanez Electric GuitarIbanez Aeg10niitng Cutaway Acoustic-electric Guitar Tangerine *Ibanez Short Scale Bass With Hard Case-no ReserveVintage 1980's Ibanez Ts10 Tube Screamer Classic Guitar Effects Pedal DistortionIbanez Artcore Series Af85 Right Handed 6 String Electric Guitar Semi-hollowIbanez PrestigeIbanez Ts9 Tube Screamer Guitar Effect PedalGibson Epiphone Les Paul Guitar Case! Slash Guns & Roses Model Fits Esp, IbanezTube Screamer Ibanez Overdrive Pro Ts808 Guitar Effects PedalIbanez Sr 500 Sdgr Bass Guitar - Warped Neck - As Is - No ReserveIbanez Pm Pat Metheny Signature Hollowbody Electric Guitar AmberIbanez Sr300 Sr300-mg 4 String Electric Bass GuitarIbanez Mini Tube Screamer Guitar Effect PedalIbanez Ts808 Distortion Guitar Effect PedalIbanez Gsr200 Electric Bass GuitarIbanez Ts9 Distortion Guitar Effect PedalVintage 1978 Ibanez Studio St50 - Need Some TlcIbanez Artcore Af75tdg-iv-12-01Ibanez Ts9 Tube ScreamerIbanez Dn500 Darkstone Electric Guitar - Coil TapIbanez Bass Neck & Bridge Sr500 Jatoba/bubinga/rosewood Abalone Custom ProjectIbanez Fz7 Fuzz Electric Guitar Effect Pedal, Used, Tested, Works Great! Ibanez Sr375f Fretless Bass With GigbagIbanez Rg350dx Electric Guitar Rg Series!Ibanez Sr-800 Bass Made In JapanIbanez S370 Strat-style Guitar. Rare Copper Finish! Satriani, Vai, Vinnie Moore,Ibanez Ergodyne Edb605 5 String Electric Bass Guitar W/ StrapIbanez S970 Vintage Ibanez Ts9 Tube ScreamerIbanez Ts 9 Keeley Mod PlusIbanez J CustomIbanez Ts-9 Tube Screamer Overdrive Guitar Effect PedalIbanez Rg BodyIbanez Gsr190-tr 4-string Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar Sn J050751043Ibanez Rg 470 Ibanez Tr Series 5 String Bass Guitar Neck With TunersIbanez Aeg10e Acoustic Electric Guitar Black Dreadnought Cutaway UsedIbanez Jem JrIbanez Euphoria Ep7-rfg, 2004 Steve Vai Signature Acoustic/electric GuitarIbanez Pue5- Multi-effects Pedal Ibanez Rg Prestige 2550z Custom Excellent Condition Duncan Blackout