Dating ibanez bass
Hoshino Gakki (the Japanese trading company that owns the "Ibanez" brand name) took great pains to address the issue way back then, but these days, nobody seems to take their word for it.To understand why a lot of people get confused about the issue of whether a guitar is "made by Ibanez" or "made at the Ibanez factory" we have to look at the relationship between Hoshino, Fujigen, and "Ibanez". (Yes, it's confusing because even Hoshino refers to themselves as "Ibanez" in their modern advertisements.) There is no "Ibanez" company or factory.What does exist is a Trading Company named Hoshino Gakki Group.That company owns the Ibanez and TAMA brands (as well as some other minor brands).The use of "lawsuit" in an ad is usually backed up with an explanation that "[INSERT MIJ BRAND HERE] was sued by [INSERT US BRAND HERE] to stop production because the MIJ copies were better than the US versions". subsidiary at the time, "Elger") was the only company actually sued by an American guitar maker over its designs.But the fact of the matter is that there was just ONE lawsuit ever brought by an American guitar builder against a foreign distributor or builder during the 1970s. The suit was brought in 1977 by Norlin (the then maker of Gibson guitars) and the suit focused narrowly on Hoshino's use of Gibson-style, "open book" headstocks.
Hoshino owns no manufacturing facilities beyond a small custom shop in California.
The terms "pre-lawsuit" and "post-lawsuit" are just more confusion, since people will apply "post-lawsuit" to an even wider range of guitars that have been significantly changed from their "copy" forms.
Just to be double clear: No lawsuit was ever brought against Aria, Greco, Ventura, Lyle, Fernandes, Tokai, or anyone else during the 1970s (or even 1980s). Here's a copy of a letter sent to Gibson Dealers on June 9, 1977, announcing the lawsuit: It begins like this: June 9, 1977 Dear Gibson Dealer: Today, Gibson, Inc., started legal action in Federal Court to stop the Japanese exporter of Ibanez instru- ments and its distributor from importing and selling instruments similar in appearance to those manufactured by Gibson.
Let me get right to the point: If a guitar does not have a valid "Ibanez" logo on its headstock, then it's NOT an Ibanez guitar.
I'll explain the reasons behind this in a moment, but first, take a look at text from an ad run during the 1970s: That gets right to the point.
Fujigen is known to have produced guitars with these brands during the 1970s: And, there are obviously many more.