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1978 Ibanez 2453 Law Suit Model Howard Roberts Fussion replica...Mega Rare & Superbly Crafted in Japan premium example High quality AAAA Flamed Jazz Guitar WoW!.... SWEET!.... SOLD OUT! Sorry|
Soeey SOLD OUT!: Here we are very proud to present another Absolutely Beautiful example of a Japanese Vintage guitar by Ibanez that is to also be considered a vintage work of art...This is one of the finer made examples of this guitar we have ever seen..... This is the Very Rare Vintage 1978 Ibanez Model 2453! Howard Roberts Fusion Law suit era high quality replica guitar that has in many ways exceeded the originals in our opinion.
" A true work of art!
OK... where it starts / Epiphone, owned by Gibson's parent company, they introduced the first Howard Roberts model in 1964 in limited numbers. An aclomplished jazz player, H. Roberts' had a great desire for better acoustics , this led to the unique central oval sound hole (instead of the usual double f-hole configuration) and the floating pickup (like Gibson's Johnny Smith model) mounted just above it. In the early 1970's Ibanez began their era of "Faithful High Quality Reproductions" where they copied classic American-made solid body electric Gibson, Fender, and Rickenbacker models. Shortly afterward came the acoustic and hollowbody model replicas were introduced, including Guild and Martin flattops, too. As Ibanez began to capture more market share the folks at Gibson took a very serious look into this, which led them to a lawsuit filed by Gibson against Ibanez in 1977 for obvious copyright infringement, specifically it boiled down to the "open book" headstock image. Therefore the only true "lawsuit" instruments are Gibson copies made by Ibanez and several others of course making guitars with that Gibson exact "open book " style headstock shape . By the time the lawsuit was resolved Ibanez had decided to and had actually already changed their headstock design to a Guild-style headstock profile. This guitar is a TRUE LAW SUIT guitar in that it is the one with THE CORRECT Gibson profile headstock the most sought after in the line.... This is the "2453 model".
Ibanez came out with Model 2453 HR around 1974, offering it in lesser grade burgundy and this example is the higher grade of Flame Maple thus the more translucent finish in the Cherry sunburst finish to show it off. This example features a AAAA Flame Maple body with a 22-fret three-piece figured maple neck. The neck is set, and is not bolt-on like many Ibanez guitars of this period. The top and peghead overlay is multi-bound and the back is single-bound. Other features include bound High Grade Rosewood fingerboard with slotted block MOP inlay, adjustable wooden bridge with inlaid base, gold hardware, single PAF type pickup, and a special control configuration (volume, mid-range, treble roll-off). A fancy tailpiece and ornate headstock inlay complete the look.
This HRF is in very good condition not new or mint of course its over 35 years old and a true vintage player and has a few minor paint nics or chips and have been lacquer touched up to peserve the original finish integrity. This is a very smooth Jazz player. It was of course handcrafted in Japan. The original celluloid tortoiseshell pickguard is still in very good condition ( so many desintegrate) and is on board this is unusual for many of these as I have seen many with already deteriorated guards ..not this one..., Overall the body and finish are in very good+ shape, just a few minor small blemishes here and there one doink on the back but nothing that will greatly detract from its beauty. The back of the neck is smooth and fast and the fingerboard and frets are nearly perfect, showing very minimal play wear.