Ibanez history in short
In 1908 Matsujiro Hoshino started a bookstore that sold books and sheet music as well musical instruments. From 1921, instruments from Europe and the USA were also imported, including classical guitars from the Spanish luthier Salvador Ibanez.
In 1929 he was succeeded by his son Yoshitaro Hoshino.
More and more instruments were imported such as mandolins from Italy and drum kits from Ludwig from Germany. Because the request of guitars could no longer be met, Yoshitaro decided to build guitars themselve.
Meanwhile, his four sons were also part of the venture and the company Hoshino Gakki was founded. A factory was built near their headquarters
for production of their own guitar line that could accommodate around 30 employees. From now on the 'Salvador Ibanez' guitar was called 'Ibanez'. The company exported many guitars to other Asian countries and in 1937
it had an output of more than 1000 guitars a month.
After the World War II, during which the factory was completely destroyed, the import of musical instruments was resumed slowly around 1950.
Just in 1962 was Jumpei Hoshino decided to build his own guitars again.
A new factory was built where now also amplifiers and electric guitars
were made. The company was named 'Tama Seisakusho' as a tribute to the wife of Yoshitaro Hoshino.

Jumpei Hoshino

Ibanez was now the main brand of Hoshino, but they also produced
guitars for other western companies. Drum kits were also made with the brand name 'Tama'. From 1966 however, it was decided no more build guitars for other companies. This was adopted by other manufacturers,
as Fujigen Gakki or Teisco.
In 1967 the first Ibanez guitars were imported by Elger Company, USA. These were guitars with many buttons and switches and had no logo.
In the late 1960s, the guitars were provided with in 'spaghetti-style'
metal logo on the head stock.
In 1970 they focus more on producing cheaper but comparable models of the great USA brands like Gibson, Fender and Rickenbacker. This was called the 'Pre-Lawsuit era'.
Despite their cheaper production, the replicas of Ibanez have a high quality and are therefore a strong competitor for the USA brands.
In the 1980s own designs were introduced such as the, Performer, Musician and Iceman Models. This period is also called 'Golden Years of Ibanez'. Many of the guitars from that period are popular objects for collectors.
For over 50 years the guitar building company Fujigen has been a partner of Hoshino, they built the Ibanez electric guitars.
Ibanez guitars have also been produced in South Korea since the early 1990s. The EX series produced there appeared in 1991.
EX = 'Experimental'. Because the quality of the Korean guitars is just as good as the Japanese, they made since 1994 also other Ibanez models here. These days Ibanez guitars also made in China.
Just like 100 years ago, Hoshino Gakki still has its headquarters in Nagoya. The research and development department is also located here.
From the first successful copies of their own models from the 1970s and 1980s to today, Ibanez has been a solid and indispensable big name in the music industry.

Headquarter Hoshino, Nagoya


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Offered for sale:

Used 1979 Ibanez Roadster Bass serial number E790934.

This bass is in good condition, the neck is straight and the frets are good. Cosmetically this bass has seen plenty of action, dam the torpedoes full speed ahead. There are wear marks, scratches, nicks and chips abounding, mostly on the body but some marks on the back of the neck. If you appreciate patina, this is it!

The Roadster RS800 is a pro level instrument made in Japan. These basses are reminiscent of a P-bass in feel and playing. The Super 4 pickup however is quite powerful and delivers a hot tone, bringing to mind a cross between a MusicMan and a P-bass and is placed in a sweet spot.

The RS-800’s appeal is in its straightforward simplicity. These bass guitars were at the very front of the Ibanez line debuting a new neck technology called the TR Tuned Response.

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This is a cool piece of Japanese electric bass evolution, the combination of the Super 4 pickup and the Accu-Cast B high mass bridge deliver on the tone. If you like instruments with patina, don’t pay extra to be “relic-ed” grab this one with a story to tell!

Case not included. Cases and gig bags available separately.

“We carefully inspect every instrument when we buy it and bring it up to our standards before we offer it for sale. We also do a full set up before we ship.”


Year: 1979

Serial number: E790934

Body: Mahogany with flamed maple top and back

Neck: Laminated rock maple, TR Tuned Response

Finish: Cherry Wine

Fingerboard: Rock Maple

Scale Length: 34”

Number of Frets: 21

Bridge: Accu-Cast B High Mass

Tuners: Hercules B

Pickup: Ibanez Super 4

Controls: Volume, tone

Width at Nut: 1 11/16”


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Radius: 7.25”

Weight: 9.2 lbs.

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