The roots of the Ibanez brand began with the Spanish luthier and inventor Salvador Ibanez, whose impeccable instruments were widely sought-after in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Distributor Hoshino Gakki began importing Ibanez guitars into Japan, and after the original company disbanded, they eventually adopted the Ibanez name. While the production of Ibanez instruments moved to Japan, superior craftsmanship and innovation prepared Ibanez to take a prominent position in the guitar market from the ’50s onward.
The Modern Era of Ibanez Electrics
The modern era of Ibanez electric guitars began in the mid ’70s, with models like the Roadstar and the Iceman — the guitar that inspired the PS10 that KISS guitarist Paul Stanley played from 1977 to 1980. In 1987, Ibanez teamed up with Steve Vai to create the JEM, their original modded double-cut model, which led to the RG series. Both the JEM and RG series continue to be among Ibanez’s most popular models. Another highly popular model introduced in 1987 was the S (Saber) series, whose mahogany body and thin Wizard neck found favor among a new generation of aggressive guitarists.
As Ibanez’s solidbody electric guitar lineup has continuously expanded, along with their growing roster of endorsed artists, they’ve managed to achieve an exceptional balance between maintaining their popular models while offering new models with improved technology. Their double-locking Edge Tremolo is a long-standing favorite of Joe Satriani and Tom Morello, and the remarkably stable yet thin Wizard neck carve has evolved into a shape that many top shredders prefer. Likewise, the wide selection of 7- and 8-string electric guitars, such as those offered in their Iron Label series, have made Ibanez a mainstay of metal guitarists.
In addition to their electric guitar lineup, Ibanez bass models are also extremely popular. Many bass players start with SR (Soundgear) series basses, attracted by their comfortable neck and body contours, and fall in love with the soapbar-style humbuckers and active EQs found on even inexpensive models. SR Premium and SR Prestige models embellish this concept with exotic woods and high-end electronics. Among the many other bass models, the BTB (Boutique) series also stands out for its unique combination of rare body shapes, top-end hardware, and extended ranges — including models with seven or more strings!
Hollow and Semi-hollowbody Guitars
The same way Ibanez bass guitars deliver exceptional value, even at modest price points, Ibanez Artcore hollowbody and semi-hollowbody electric guitars are the first stop for many jazz, blues, and rock ’n’ roll guitarists. Artcore models range from traditional maple jazz boxes to rosewood and sapele models, and signature models for legendary guitarists such as George Benson, John Scofield, and Pat Metheny showcase some of the talent who swear by Ibanez hollowbody guitars.
Ibanez has never strayed too far from their roots, and the profusion of acoustic instruments they’ve released in recent years speaks volumes about their heritage. While traditional nylon-string acoustic guitars like the G10 Classical aren’t too far removed from the models made in the mid 1930s, instruments such as the AEG series acoustic-electric guitars featuring slim bodies, modern finishes, and high-quality electronics, showcase just how far Ibanez acoustics have come. Ibanez also makes other acoustic instruments including banjos, mandolins, and ukuleles.
Ibanez may be primarily known for their instruments, but their electronics have taken the stage with countless performers too, from The Edge and Eric Johnson to Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan. There are few stompbox effects as well loved or as widely used as Ibanez’s Tube Screamer line, and virtually every green overdrive pedal on the market can trace its lineage to the TS808 or TS9 models. This technology has also found its way into Ibanez’s own line of guitar amplifiers. Ibanez effects pedals also include timeless classics, such as the AF2 Paul Gilbert Signature Airplane Flanger and ES2 Echo Shifter Analog Delay pedal, and the company continuously offers new and exciting ways to add sizzle to your pedalboard.
6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Okoume Neck, Purple Fingerboard, and Ibanez AEQ-TP2 Preamp - Light Brown Sunburst Open Pore
6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Okoume Neck, and Purpleheart Fingerboard - Natural
6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Sapele Back and Sides, Okoume Neck, and Purple Fingerboard - Transparent Charcoal Burst
Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Linden Top, Back, and Sides, Nyatoh Neck, Bound Laurel Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups
6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar, Left-handed, with Solid Okoume Top, Okoume Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ovangkol Fingerboard, and Ibanez Electronics
The Artwood series was crafted to produce a traditional as well as a modern guitar. Technology moves forward at a frantic pace and the world of guitar craftsmanship is no different. In producing the Artwood series, Ibanez respected the rich tradition of the acoustic guitar while adding modern interpretations in our continuing search for the ultimate in guitar tone.
Solidbody Electric Guitar with American Basswood Body, Bocote Top, Roasted Maple Neck and Fingerboard, 1 Humbucking Pickup, 2 Single-coil Pickups, Gotoh T1502 Tremolo, and dyna-MIX 9 Switching
Ibanez Premium AZ226PB - Cerulean Blue Burst
Solidbody Electric Guitar with American Basswood Body, Poplar Burl Top, Roasted Maple Neck and Fingerboard, Gotoh T1502 Tremolo, dynaMIX-9 Switching System, and 2 Humbucking Pickups
From its classic aesthetics to its excellent playability and deluxe appointments, the Ibanez AZ226 is a sophisticated entry into the Ibanez AZ lineup. It features a comfortable roasted maple neck and fingerboard for a hearty tone with plenty of snap, along with a sonically balanced basswood body capped in a gorgeously figured poplar burl. Three Seymour Duncan pickups in an HSS configuration have a vintage vibe with modern clarity, perfect for chunky power chords, slowhand leads, or virtuosic soloing. Guitarists at Music Bliss enjoy the AZ226 for its versatility; it's a true Swiss Army knife guitar that excels in any genre or playing style. Once you pick up this guitar, you'll never want to set it down!
- S-TECH WOOD roasted maple neck and fingerboard offer stability and durability
- Gorgeously figured poplar burl top
- AZ oval “C” neck profile fills your hand nicely down low while providing a more modern feel up high
- 22 jumbo stainless steel frets for extra durability
- Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbuckers excel at creamy clean tones and crunchy overdrive
- dyna-MIX9 switching system provides 9 different pickup combinations
- Gotoh T1502 tremolo provides excellent tuning stability
Solidbody Electric Guitar with American Basswood Body, Roasted Maple Neck and Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, Gotoh T1502 Tremolo, and dyna-MIX10 Switching System - Sea Foam Green Matte
Solidbody Electric Guitar with American Basswood Body, Flamed Maple Top, Roasted Maple Neck and Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, Gotoh T1502 Tremolo, and dyna-MIX10 Switching System - Tequila Sunrise Gradation
Ibanez AZ242PBG Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
- Stunning poplar burl–capped American basswood body exhibits a warm growl with incredible midrange definition
- Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbuckers preserve your clarity in high-gain situations
- dyna-MIX10 switching system provides 10 different pickup combinations
- Roasted maple neck and fingerboard offer stability and durability
- 24 stainless steel frets for extra durability
- AZ oval “C’ neck profile fills your hand nicely down low while providing a more modern feel up high
- Luminescent side dots give you a great point of reference on dark stages
- Gotoh T1502 tremolo provides excellent tuning stability