c. 1974 Ibanez Artist Jazz Model 2616: Rare Blonde ES-175 Tribute, Highly Flamed, All Original

$ 2495.00

Body size at lower bout: 16″ Scale length: 24 3/4″
Nut width:
1 19/32″ Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .87/.95

Materials: Three-piece solid maple neck with adjustable truss
rod; bookmatched arched flame maple body; solid ebony fingerboard and
compensated bridge; mother of pearl block fingerboard inlay and peghead
inlay; 5-ply body, headstock and pickguard binding, triple bound
fingerboard.

Hardware: Original gold hardware includes T-bar trapeze
tailpiece, adjustable compensated rosewood bridge, twin floating
mini-humbucking pickups, with 3 way rotary pickup selector and
independent volume and tone controls, mini-jack output under pickguard.
Schaller sealed tuners, vintage correct hand antiqued wide bevel 5-ply
pickguard and gold bell knobs (original black bonnet knobs included.)

Notes: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,
consider this guitar a valentine to the Gibson Guitar Company. In the
early 70’s Ibanez set out to make high-precision replicas of Gibson’s
top-end instruments. So successful were they that Gibson sued to stop
production, which was subsequently halted under court order. Now known
as ‘lawsuit’ models, these guitars have become legendary for their
rarity, and their scrupulous faithfulness to the originals.

The Artist Jazz Model (#2616), is the rare upscale version of the
firm’s several 175 clones, featuring all gold hardware, flamed maple
body, unique star fingerboard inlays, and distinctive colorful abalone
binding. Quite faithful in dimensions, scale and bracing to it’s Gibson
namesake, the peghead shape and Ibanez logo pickup covers suggest a date
of manufacture circa 1974.

A true gig warrior, this model is an all-time favorite of working
pros, who prefer to leave their spendy originals at home. This example
is factory original, with no cracks, pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard
wear. The neck is slim and elegant, with smooth low action over a fresh
high precision setup as well.

If you’ve been searching for one of these beauties, don’t dawdle:
this guitar is the most faithful clone anyone’s going to build, as long
as Gibson has lawyers.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, crowned and
polished as required; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge
height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge
inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit
to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary;
bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body
and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel flatwound strings.
The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according
to preference. String action is set at 5/64″ to 6/64″ at the 12th fret,
with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The
action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable
bridge.

Case: Period black plush lined hardshell case.

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