Dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century, the Ibanez lineage can be traced back to Spanish luthier Salvador Ibanez. His guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and other stringed instruments, are still prized for their workmanship. After the workshop was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War in 1936, their Japanese distributor, Hoshino Gakki, purchased the highly esteemed trademark and began making acoustic and electric guitars in Japan.
In the mid-1970s Ibanez guitars gained popularity due to their excellent construction and a decline in quality of some famous U.S. brands. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, they began a long-term relationship with guitarist Steve Vai, leading to the JEM and Universe electric guitar models. The company released their first Artcore hollow-body guitars in 2002 in an appeal to entry-level guitarists. The Artcore line has since gone on to earn a reputation as one of the best guitar values available. Read More>