ibanez

The story of Ibanez is one of rapid dominance and near constant reinvention. Many of us know the recent history of the company’s shred-friendly models and have owned an RG or S-Series guitar in our time. However, the Ibanez story starts much earlier, in 1908, with a company called Hoshino Gakki, a sheet music and music-products distributor in Na...

The story of Ibanez is one of rapid dominance and near constant reinvention. Many of us know the recent history of the company’s shred-friendly models and have owned an RG or S-Series guitar in our time. However, the Ibanez story starts much earlier, in 1908, with a company called Hoshino Gakki, a sheet music and music-products distributor in Nagoya, Japan.

Ibanez started in the guitar business by importing high-end classical guitars, originally made by the renowned Spanish guitar builder Salvador Ibáñez, for sale in Japan in the late ‘20s. The company switched to making guitars in the 1930s, adopting the name of the well-respected maker. With the advent of rock ‘n’ roll, the company began building budget guitars designed for export. These early low-quality entry-level guitars looked odd and were typical of those found in department stores and catalogs.

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