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.
Ibanez produce a full line of amplifiers, including amp heads, speaker cabinets, combo amps and acoustic guitar amplifiers. Well-known amps include the Tone Blaster and Troubadour. Bassists are well served by Sound Wave combo amps. Ibanez' series of guitar effects pedals also equip you with powerful tools to bring out the expressive tone you're after. They released their first Tube Screamer effect pedal in the late 1970s. It featured an integrated circuit that made it one of the best solid-state pedals to simulate a tube guitar amp on overdrive. So popular are these pedals that they have reissued the TS-9 and TS-808 Tube Screamers to the delight of vintage gear hounds who know a good deal when they see one.
Fortunately for all of us, Ibanez has reissued some of the classic Tube Screamers, and has brought out some new pedals like the TS-808, TS9, and TS9DX. Other esteemed guitar effects include the AD9 Analog Delay Pedal, the WD7 Weeping Demon Wah, the DE7 Delay/Echo, the SB7 Synthesizer Bass Pedal, the CS9 Stereo Chorus Pedal, the Tube King High Voltage Tube Distortion Pedal, and more.