What model is this old Ibanez?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Warpeg, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    I found this picture of a bass that I forgot I owned briefly many years ago. Admittedly, I know next to nothing about Ibanez stuff, especially the older basses. Does anybody know the model and/or the approximate year range these were made?

  2. Mid 70s. I don't know the exact 4-digit model code, but it's the copy of the first Gibson Les Paul Bass which debuted in 1969.
  3. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Model 2373

    Mid 70s is correct
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  4. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    And more grist for Gibson's lawsuit mill.
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  5. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Another blatant Gibson ripoff during the height of the infamous Ibanez Pirating Days, although a lesser known model (complete with chrome plated "string dumpers", too!).
  6. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Thanks, everyone!
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  7. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014
    It’s hard to sue over something done 50 years ago. But I bet they will try lol.
  8. Gunga Din

    Gunga Din

    Jun 22, 2018
    Hey! That's John Hall's modus operandum!!
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  9. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    They tried 50 years ago, didn't they?

    Fender did the smart thing. They couldn't beat em, so they joined em! Fender Japan is now a respected mark of quality.
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  10. Make that 40 years. And it was only concerning a headstock shape. Norlin and Hoshino settled out of court, though.

    That move, along with concentrating on QC and launching AVRI series was what got Fender off the gravedigger's shovel IMO. Having said that, I remember a lot of people back then claiming that moving a chunk of production to Japan was going to be the end of Fender...

    Gibson - actually Norlin - moved the production of Epiphone range to Japan in 1970 or so. While they are some Epis from that era that I wouldn't mind owning - Genesis Custom guitar being one of them - most of that stuff is pretty "meh" IMO. Fender most certainly did a lot better in that respect.
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  11. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Guy I know has one. I covet.
  12. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015

    Looks like Ibanez's copy of a Les Paul Recording bass. Was it low impedence?

    Going to guess early to mid 70's....lawsuit era.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
  13. There never was a Les Paul Recording bass. That name was reserved for the guitar range.

    The bass that Ibanez copied here was named simply Les Paul Bass (1969-72) which was replaced by Les Paul Triumph Bass by late '72 and remained in production for another decade or so.

    None of the Ibanez copies sported low impedance pickups.
  14. Was the Ibanez version a set neck or bolt on?
  15. Bolt-on, at least the ones that I've seen. Most of their Gibby copies were bolt on.
  16. I guess if I'd studied the spec sheet helpfully provided by ReedT2000 I could've seen the bolt on neck in the photo and read about it in the description
  17. Did anyone make a nice set neck Les Paul type bass as fine as the Swede bass?

  18. Blaze Barlow

    Blaze Barlow

    Mar 8, 2018
    there most certainly was a gibson les paul recording bass..I owned one years ago............Gibson Les Paul Recording Bass Walnut 1969 | Reverb
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  19. Who needs low impedance when you have “King’s Tone” pickups.
  20. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    The Ibanez ad on the left is claiming a hi-low impedance switch.