#1
What do you guys think of this acoustic?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330253886181

It seems like pretty good quality acoustic.

I have just a few questions:

1) How old do you guys think it is?
2) How much do you think its original value was when it was new?
3) Do you think acoustics get worse with time, or do they age like fine wine? Basically, if if this guitar is old, do you think it plays like **** now?

What do you guys think about vintage acoustics in general?
#2
I'd say this guitar is 30+ years old. I'm no Ibanez expert, I'm just saying that because it has an adjustable saddle. Actually it has a few characteristics that sure look like they were taken from Gibson guitars from 30-50 years ago. So I would estimate that the guitar is probably from a very similar era as those Gibsons. It was very common for manufacturers to basically copy Gibson acoustics in this time period.

I have no idea what the original value would've been.

Acoustics constructed of solid wood get better over time... to a certain extent. If this guitar has even a solid top, it doesn't look like it has been played enough to have been "played out". If the guitar is all laminate wood then it should still sound like the day it was made.

I think it's a pretty nifty guitar myself!
#3
About 1973 or 74'

I have a 73' 'Vintage' but mine is a Guild copy so my headstock and pick-guard are different. The Japs copied Martins, Guild, Gibson and they are all very nice well built guitars mostly made from solid wood but top will be for sure. Good action and mellow tone. New price was around $450 back in 73' / 74' for solid wood so try and work out what that would cost today! Those early Jap. Ibenez were much better than anything they made after 1980 when they moved their factory to Korea.

These early 'vintage' guitars were among their top end guitars. The going price is pretty cheap I think. Check and make sure it's solid wood but I'm sure it is. The top is solid Sitka spruce for sure and they certainly get better with age.

To get a new guitar like that today would cost $2000 +
#4
Do you think its a solid guitar to actually play on or would you just have it for show?
Because I was the winner of that auction and I need a functional acoustic.
#5
They are very well built guitars and probably better built the a lot of good guitars today. If everything is OK and the frets don't need replacing [it hasn't been used much], sure go ahead and use it. Why not? The guitar certainly doesn't look like it's had much use. Should sound great!

I use mine all the time and I have 2 other guitars I still use that are older than my Vintage.
Last edited by Akabilk at Jul 25, 2008,
#6
XeRoXyoS

After another look at the photos I think you got an absolute bargain. It's hardly been played because it should be covered in scratches around the sound hole and on the pick guard if it had been played much. Don't worry about playing it, just go for it! They play 100+ yr. old violins, why not 30yr. old guitars? I have a 1932 Banjo I play all the time.

I live in Australia and that guitar would have fetched about $900/$1200 here because they are so rare in that good condition and are great guitars. Get the small repair done professionally, its a cheap repair but well worth it for such a nice guitar. Don't bugger around with it yourself. I'm sure your guitar is a 'lawsuit guitar' which are the most valuable, meaning pre 1975 [In 1975 Gibson took out a lawsuit against Ibanez to stop copying their headstock]. I don't think the guy knew what he was selling.

Welcome to the Ibanez world, so here are a couple of forum links to Ibanez enthusiasts:

http://www.ibanezcollectors.com/forum/

http://www.ibanez.com/forum/yaf_forum.aspx
Last edited by Akabilk at Jul 25, 2008,
#7
Quote by Akabilk
XeRoXyoS

After another look at the photos I think you got an absolute bargain. It's hardly been played because it should be covered in scratches around the sound hole and on the pick guard if it had been played much. Don't worry about playing it, just go for it! They play 100+ yr. old violins, why not 30yr. old guitars? I have a 1932 Banjo I play all the time.

I live in Australia and that guitar would have fetched about $900/$1200 here because they are so rare in that good condition and are great guitars. Get the small repair done professionally, its a cheap repair but well worth it for such a nice guitar. Don't bugger around with it yourself. I'm sure your guitar is a 'lawsuit guitar' which are the most valuable, meaning pre 1975 [In 1975 Gibson took out a lawsuit against Ibanez to stop copying their headstock]. I don't think the guy knew what he was selling.

Welcome to the Ibanez world, so here are a couple of forum links to Ibanez enthusiasts:

http://www.ibanezcollectors.com/forum/

http://www.ibanez.com/forum/yaf_forum.aspx


Going by the 'Ibanez' writing on the guitar you bought it's defiantly a 71' To 75' Lawsuit guitar. 71' to 75' was the only time this headstock writing style of 'Ibanez' was used [on all their guitars]. I have exactly the same writing of 'Ibanez' on my headstock.

See here: http://www.ibanez-vintage-page.de/ [this site takes awhile to load].
Last edited by Akabilk at Jul 25, 2008,