Dating guild guitar vintage

Hoshino Gakki (the Japanese trading company that owns the "Ibanez" brand name) took great pains to address the issue way back then, but these days, nobody seems to take their word for it.

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Fujigen Gakki, as manufacturer, was also named in the suit.

The problem was, by the time Norlin sued, Ibanez had changed their headstock shapes from "open book" to a (ironically) more Guild-styled top: Differences in Headstock Style: With nothing left to sue over, Norlin and Hoshino settled the suit, and it never came to court.

On its neck plate (or stamped into the guitar, or on the truss rod cover) it will say, "STEEL REINFORCED NECK".

That's a dead giveaway that you've got one of "Uncle Matt's" guitars.

The retro-future stylings of the Flying V, Explorer, and Firebird.

Even before the world was introduced to these iconic axes, Gibson was rolling right along.

Since Fujigen is one of the major Japanese guitar manufacturers, people assume that any guitar they've made was "made at the Ibanez factory" or was "made for Ibanez under a different brand". To add to the confusion, there were other large guitar manufacturers in Japan at the time (Matsumoku was one and Kasuga was another) and people have made the leap to say that literally ANY guitar stamped "MADE IN JAPAN" must have been produced at the Ibanez factory or for Ibanez.

Some brands known to have come out of the Matsumoku factory: Here's a quick way to tell if you have a Matsumoku factory guitar (whether branded or not).

Another big point of contention is the subject of no-name (unbranded) guitars.

As I said above, Fujigen and the other manufacturers produced guitars with no logos at all for sale around the world.

You see, Fujigen did not make Ibanez-branded guitars exclusively.

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