Just got a Ibanez GB10

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  1. xroads

    xroads Member

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    I just received an 78 Ibanez GB10 that I won on ebay. I had played the current ones in the store, and liked the concept of a small archtop with spruce top. I payed around 1850$ for it, and was a bit uneasy about what to expect.
    I have to say that this old one really shines tonewise. compared to the new ones, it just rings and sustains incredibly well, in all positions of the fretboard. Even some queer chords just sound phenomenal. I had played some 175 style guitars in my monetal range before, and never was too impressed rg. sustain and deadspots etc.
    Wow, I hope that this excitement will not fade away after the honeymoon phase...
     
  2. Stephen Landry

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    I've wanted to play one of these for a while now, just can't find one to try out. I also love the concept of the smaller archtop - a 175 is just too bulky for me.
     
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    Sweet! Nice score!

    My last guitar teacher had a really nice old one in blond. I dug it so much I purchased a new one (mail order). Unfortunately, the necks on the newer ones seem to be quite a bit slimmer (or perhaps the back was just flatter) than the vintage ones. I could never get used to it, so I sold it. I wish I had been able to find a sweet old one!

    Enjoy!
     
  4. gitman

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    i have owned 3 GB-10s in the last 25 years and have sold them all eventually .... for a certain sound they are really something special and the build quality/ playability is above any criticism. it's just that i could not bond with the basic sound - not enough body/girth/oomph or whatever one might call it... you get he drift i guess. for that fat jazz tone these little things are just too stiff, no matter what kind of pickup you put on it - and i have tried many !
    as i said, as a guitar per se it's a great thing. set up right it will play by itself. enjoy !
     
  5. xroads

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    I had looked around and boiled it down to a Heritage Sweet 16 (a bit larger), the Ibanez and a Gibson ES-175. I played a ES 175 and a new GB10 in a store, never could find a Sweet 16. after I got the almost 30 year old GB10 from ebay then, I was glad I didn't buy the new one; as it sounds much smoother and has a rich sustain.
    Does anyone know what they changed in design over the years on the GB10?
     
  6. gitman

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    as far as i know there where NO design changes at all since the guitars debut in 1978. a couple of years ago Ibanez came out with a simpler, Korean made version of the GB-10 - i would not go for that though. the real McCoy has the Benson Inlay on the fretboard, that is a sure sign.
    the newer production GB-10s are just as good as the "old" ones, believe me. Ibanez knows what " Quality Control " means ....
     
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    i scored a 1978 in blonde in 2002 for under $1,000.00. i love the guitar, i would only get the made in japan model. enjoy.
     
  8. Dave Orban

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    What's the scale length on these...?
     
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  10. musicmind

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    Hey guys

    Gonna revive this thread to hopefully get some more opinions from those of you who play the Ibanez GB10.
    I'm impressed with its features, solid spruce top, ebony fingerboard, 2 floating pickups and also the slightly smaller body. Its also priced nicely compared to the Gibsons.

    How do you guys compare the Gb10 to a ES-175 or the newer offerings from Eastman?
    Which guitar will get closer to the Jim Hall, Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith or Wes type of tones?

    Thanks :)
     
  11. mojocaster.com

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    thread useless without pics :D
     
  12. LTE

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    I agree

    No pictures in a guitar thread

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  13. Lammy

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    Love those guitars. So great.
     
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  15. musicmind

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    lol ok ok
    You guys need your guitar porn obviously. :D
    Its not the prestiest looking hollowbody guitar, but I'm curious how the sound of it rates against the Gibson models like the ES-175.

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