Dating Ibanez Guitars or establishing the year they were made is a little bit tricky.
Joe Satriani started working with Ibanez in 1987 when he became an endorser/designer.
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.
On the other end of the musical spectrum, there are the smooth jazz performances of George Benson and Pat Metheny.
While their styles are as different as they come, the one thing that all of these artists have in common is that they each have their own signature model Ibanez guitar.
For starters, they led the way for Japanese guitar makers to become a force to be reckoned with in music stores and stages all over the world.
But, even more significant than that, they pioneered seven and eight-string guitars, laying the groundwork for others to follow in their footsteps and bringing these extended-range axes into the mainstream for the first time.
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.
The letter represents the month of manufacture; the next two digits are the year of manufacture: the remaining five digits have an unknown meaning, if any.
Thus, a guitar with a serial number H814657 would translate: H=August: 81=1981; 4657=whatever. Note, however, that at least one Ibanez sub-brand, the Maxxas, does not follow this pattern at all.
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