|1975 Ibanez Iceman - Artists Model 2663|
The Iceman is an Ibanez guitar produced by Hoshino Gakki. To understand the guitar, you need to know a little about the company.
102 years ago when Western music was just reaching Japan, Matsujiro Hoshino opened a music business. In 1908 he opened a facility to sell sheet music and organs.
In 1929 Hoshino opened a manufacturing facility called Hoshino Gakki Ten, to produce its own musical instruments.
By 1935, Hoshino began in the Spanish guitar business and sold guitars domestically under the brand name, Ibanez-Salvador. It seems that Asian and European companies like to put Spanish sounding names on guitars, with thoughts it would increase buying potential.
The Ibanez factory was destroyed during WWII.
By 1971, Hoshino had established a U.S. distributorship through the Elger Company of Pennsylvania.
Around this time Hoshino started making copies of U.S. instruments and they were etremely excellent replicas of Gibson and Fender guitars that sold for less than half price of a U.S. made instrument, due to lower labor rates. The replicas were too good.
Gibson filed suit against Hoshino. Hoshino had to make some changes to their instruments. They also wanted to build an original Japanese guitar and get out of the replica business. The resulting guitar was called the Ibanez Iceman.
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A meeting occurred between Hoshino, which made Ibanez guitars, and Kanda Shokai, which manufactured Greco instruments and FujiGen one of the largest guitar factories in Japan. Their goal was to come up with an original design, build the guitar and create a marketing plan. This meeting resulted in the Iceman/Mirage design. Each distribution company would have distribution rights to it in different global markets.
The Ibanez Iceman sported Super 2000, Triple Coil and V2 pickups.
The Greco Mirage used their own version called Greco Dry picups and also DiMarzio Super II pickups on the Greco Mirage.
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The earliest Ibanez Iceman models from 1975 were called Ibanez Artist models. Not until 1978 did Ibanez use the designation became The Iceman guitar. The original model guitars have the elongated headstock with three on a side tuners.
In 1979 Ibanez produced several different models varying in price and quality. Some came with fixed necks and some had bolted on necks.
In 1982 to 1983 the headstock was changed to have 6 in line tuners.
\Stanley used the PS10 as his primary guitar from the 1977 to 1980. He used it again from 1992 to 1997 before signing a contract with Washburn for a signature guitar at that time.
These were the same guitar except the LTD was Japanese made and the CL was manufactured in Korea.
Daron Malakian of System of a Down favoured this guitar from the early days of System of A Down.. Daron had his own signature model, the Ibanez DMM1.
There were two designs; both of a natural wood finish, one with mahogany with a cherry fret-board and another with korina wood.
In addition to the 3 pickups, this instrument features a 24-3/4" scale length (shorter than the others), a set 3-piece korina/bubinga neck, rosewood fingerboard with 12" radius, 22 frets (instead of 24) and a fixed Gibraltar II bridge.
Essentially it is an Iceman with a 24-fret neck-through neck and Edge III tremolo instead of a hardtail bridge. This is the first production Iceman since the 1990s to have a whammy bar.
The majority of Ibanez Iceman guitars sport a 24 fret, two octave neck with a 25.5 inch scale and come with two pickups.
The X-Series guitars feature neck through body construction with the model DT700 being the first to utilize this feature.
By 1983 as sales dried up, Ibanez only manufactured two models of Iceman. However serious guitar collectors realized The Iceman was a very well made and unique instrument that would eventually rise in value.
I guess Karma works sometimes, since there are a couple of Iceman replica guitars floating around.
One manufacturer is producing Iceman copies using the Hondo II brand name. This instrument is an excellent copy of the real thing, while another is manufactured by a company using the brand name Odessa.