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Chuck's Vintage Ibanez Guitar Collection
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Click on many of these images to view a special page on each guitar, containing many shots and information. This is under development so only a few guitars may have links at this time.
Ibanez Musician, Model MC400NT with Blonde Headstock (serial no. D78....):
I bought this guitar new in 1978 at Brian Guitars in New Haven, Connecticut. It dates to April of 1978, which was the last month that they made these NT versions with an NT headstock. We call these "blonde on blondes" due to their rarity.
Ibanez Rocket Roll Sr., Model 2387CT (serial no. L76....):
The first real electric guitar I ever bought was just like this guitar. I got it for $225 in 1977, but traded it in for $300 when I bought my Musician. This particular guitar is known as the "Crazy Train Flying V" because it is one of five guitars salvaged from a train wreck in 1977, and then stored away in an attic for 30+ years. When I opened the case after buying it, it was still shrouded in its big plastic baggy, and paper was still on the plastic pick guard and other parts. It is "dead mint".
Ibanez Artist Semi-Hollowbody, Model 2630AV (serial no. E79....):
The second electric guitar I ever bought was one of these, circa 1978, also at Brian Guitars. About five years later, I sold it back to that store for $250 because I needed money. One of the biggest mistakes of my life. I got this particular guitar on eBay in 2008.
Ibanez Artist, Model 2622AV (serial no. G78....):
I bought this in the Summer of 2009, through Craigslist, long distance, from Southern California. When I got it, it was missing its Gibraltar bridge, tail and cloud, but I had N.O.S. parts for it and was able to restore it to its former glory.
Gibson SG "Faded" (circa 2007):
NOTE: This guitar is modified to approximate the SG Frank Zappa used during the middle 1970s. Some call that guitar
the "Baby Snakes SG". My guitar has split-coil GFS pickups and an onboard GFS preamp/EQ.
Greco EG-500R (pre-serial, dated to 1976 by pickup serial numbers):
NOTE: This guitar is modified to approximate the Les Paul Frank Zappa used during the late
1970s and early 1980s, on such albums as "Shut Up 'n' Play Yer Guitar". it is pictured on the cover
of that album, and also, in its exact configuration I've modeled, on the cover of Guitar World (March 1982).
Ibanez Custom, Model AS103NT (serial no. S06......):
This guitar is modded to have a GFS preamp/EQ installed. The existing neck pickup volume knob is now a master volume for both pickups, and the other three knobs are a High/Mid/Low EQ array. The guitar sports a pair of Ibanez Super 80 (Flying Finger) pickups. The knobs themselves are also not stock: They are "Greco" versions of the famous Ibanez "Suregrip I" knobs.
Ibanez Stratocaster, Model 2375 (pre-serial, dated to 1974 by electronics):
Ibanez black Eagle Bass, Model 2609B (serial no. D77....):
This bass is a near-complete restoration. When I got this bass, it was missing its upper "horn" (someone had literally taken a chainsaw to it and removed it. Also, the bottom part of the headstock had broken off (that's a common problem with Black Eagles). The pick guard was also missing. I reconstructed the horn and headstock piece using a two-part modeling epoxy, fashioned a clear plastic pick guard out of Lexan, and then painted the black eagle pick guard design directly on the body of the bass, then covering it with the pick guard. It came out quite nice, and it's a hell of a bass. It just doesn't have any practical resale value.
Fernandes Telecaster (The TE-60 model):
This is a copy of a Martin D-28 (though I never really knew that until recently). The band-aid covers a very bad "ding" (more like a crater) that occurred one night back in the late 1970s. The guitar was on the floor of my dorm room, I came in late one night, and stepped on the headstock. Somehow, that flipped the guitar around violently and the leading edge of the body slammed into the hard dorm room floor. A band-aid of one form or another has covered the ding ever since.
Kingston Bass, Custom Paint Job by Chuck (no serial no.):
NOTE: This was my main bass back in the 1970s and I recently restored it by adding
two vintage Ibanez bass pickups, new electronics, the paint job, and I also hand-crafted the
clear pickguard and added the little plastic lizard.
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