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1974 Ibanez Artist Jazz, Model 2616

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Body size at lower bout: 16" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 19/32" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .87/.95

Materials: Three-piece solid maple neck with adjustable truss rod; bookmatched arched flame maple body; solid ebony fingerboard and compensated bridge; mother of pearl block fingerboard inlay and peghead inlay; 5-ply body, headstock and pickguard binding, triple bound fingerboard.

Hardware: Original gold hardware includes T-bar trapeze tailpiece, adjustable compensated rosewood bridge, twin floating mini-humbucking pickups, with 3 way rotary pickup selector and independent volume and tone controls, mini-jack output under pickguard. Schaller sealed tuners, vintage correct hand antiqued wide bevel 5-ply pickguard and gold bell knobs (original black bonnet knobs included.)

Notes: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, consider this guitar a valentine to the Gibson Guitar Company. In the early 70's Ibanez set out to make high-precision replicas of Gibson's top-end instruments. So successful were they that Gibson sued to stop production, which was subsequently halted under court order. Now known as 'lawsuit' models, these guitars have become legendary for their rarity, and their scrupulous faithfulness to the originals.

The Artist Jazz Model (#2616), is the rare upscale version of the firm's several 175 clones, featuring all gold hardware, flamed maple body, unique star fingerboard inlays, and distinctive colorful abalone binding. Quite faithful in dimensions, scale and bracing to it's Gibson namesake, the peghead shape and Ibanez logo pickup covers suggest a date of manufacture circa 1974.

A true gig warrior, this model is an all-time favorite of working pros, who prefer to leave their spendy originals at home. This example is factory original, with no cracks, pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. The neck is slim and elegant, with smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup as well.

If you've been searching for one of these beauties, don't dawdle: this guitar is the most faithful clone anyone's going to build, as long as Gibson has lawyers.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, crowned and polished as required; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel flatwound strings. The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Period black plush lined hardshell case.




















































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