However, the most notable difference between this guitar and a real Gibson is the bolt-on neck.The pickguard has been removed, as well as the bridge pickup cover.
Hey Zach, I have owned this Ibanez “lawsuit” guitar for over 25 years and I’d like to know a little more about it.
The serial number on the neck plate is K7709XX and as far as I know, it is all original except for the missing pickup cover.
The volume and tone knobs have rubber inserts around them for a better grip, which Ibanez called Sure-Grip knobs.
There is some belt buckle wear on the back along with some hardware oxidation, but overall the guitar appears to be in excellent condition.
By the mid-‘70s, these Japanese guitars consisted of mostly blatant copies of popular American designs and the quality was much better than people wanted to admit.
In 1977, Gibson sued the Elger Company (the distributor of Ibanez instruments in the U. at the time) and demanded they stop producing copies of their instruments, specifically their headstocks.
In comparison, a mid-‘70s Les Paul Custom is currently worth between 00 and 00.
The Model 2391 probably retailed between 0 and 0 originally while the Gibson Les Paul retailed for between 0 and 0 in 1978.
Japanese-built guitars that are copies of American designs before the Gibson lawsuit are commonly referred to as “lawsuit era” guitars today.
Ibanez was certainly guilty of copying Gibson, Fender, and Martin models, among others, but they were also one of the most proactive companies when it came to introducing original designs.
No question, there is a lot of value in a name and Gibson is the most valuable name in the guitar world.