Every now and again, an instrument visits and makes me go “wow”. This one has had that effect on me, since this very same model was the subject of much desire in my early teen years. It would appear that some lucky soul got the gift I had long pined for, only to mess with it for a few months before consigning it to the closet where it appears to have been untouched for 40 years.
Aside from some oxidation and a single paint chip on the side of the neck (a simple drop-fill makes this vanish with ease), this one looks pretty much unplayed. No fret wear to mention. No heavy swirls or edge dings. There is a slight separation of the top carved layer right at the neck pocket that can be seen if you zoom in. Some buffable buckle swirls on the backside. Super clean, and if you know these older Japanese guitar you know the gold starts to fade if you look at it too hard. The serial dates this one to June of 1977.
The action is good, and can be better with a slight lowering of the nut slots. I’m not gonna touch this one though. The Super 70’s pickups sound fantastic as always, and the electronics are now clean and smooth after a bath in contact cleaner. Nice full-sized pots on board. These were made just after the “cease and desist” letter arrived from Gibson due to the previous versions using the “open book” headstock shape exactly like Gibson’s. This was the first year of the new style, and the end of the “copy” days as Ibanez began refining their own designs and moved away from copies.
The Abalone headstock inlay shows nice color and the Gotoh tuners are outstanding. No chips on the headstock at all. Super 70’s sticker still proudly proclaiming.
Comes in the original hard case that is also in fine condition. A couple tools too just because.
Truly a collector’s dream to find one in such fine shape and all-original. International offers welcome, but shipping will be more so contact me for a quote if you are outside the US.