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Q. Who wrote "the first book" on Ibanez guitars?
A.Michael Wright. And it's called: Guitar Stories, Volume One.

Unfortunately, it's out of print! If you'd like to see this book reprinted, then contact the original publisher, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and let them know.

In 2005, Hoshino resurrected the Bob Weir “Cowboy” guitar to the applause of Ibanez "vintage" collectors around the world. This successful re-issue was followed in 2006 by the re-issue of 45 handcrafted Model 2670, Artwood Twins! The original 2670s are one of the most sought after collectibles from Ibanez's "Golden Era".

The third installment in the series: the 2007 Handcrafted Re-issue, will be announced at Summer NAMM in Austin, TX on July 27, 2007. But in recognition of the ICW community's dedication to Ibanez collectibles, this site will be privileged (for the second year in a row) to break the news of this newest "collectible" almost a week before the official announcement.

To say thanks to the loyal Ibanez fans that have made Ibanez Collectors World a success, HoshinoUSA and ICW have put up some cool effects pedals and T-shirts as prizes in the 2nd Annual, "Guess the Ibanez Handcrafted Re-issue" contest. Click the contest image below and follow the links to Official Rules and Entry form page.

On Monday, July 23, 2007 the big announcements will be made. First, the identity of the 2007 Handcrafted Re-issue will be unveiled and second, the names of the five contest winners.

In the '60s and '70s several Japanese instrument manufacturers built guitars which were imported throughout the world.

Although some of these guitars were original designs, many were replicas (affectionately known as "copies") of guitars made by established companies such as Gibson, Fender, Martin, Rickenbacker and others.

Ibanez is a brand name used by the Hoshino company to market guitars in the US, Australia and Europe. Even though these guitars typically sold for much less than the "brand name" guitars, the quality of many Ibanez guitars was extremely good.

Since the mid 70's Ibanez has been producing many original design guitars that have become respected among professional and amateur guitarists alike. They've also manufactured a successful line of guitar effects and other "peripheral" products for musicians. This site is dedicated to the discussion and collection of information of Ibanez products.

Ibanez Collectors World can only be a success with your help. Participation is the key. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or comments.

Ibanez is a trademark of Hoshino. ICW is not affiliated with Ibanez or Hoshino.

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