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This is where things start to change for Hoshino. In 1966 they close their guitar manufacturing and begin to contract out the production of their guitars. The first Fuji Gen Gakki manufactured models appear at this time. They continue thier relationship to this day.

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This model is most likely Teisco{Tokyo Electronics} manufactured. It an Ibanez  from somewhere between '67 and '69. Three pickups, set neck, polished metal pickguard, rosewood fretboard. This is an unknown model number, if anyone has any thoughts, email me.

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This old girl is a real beauty. Its a 1968 Ibanez 330/335 copy bass. Hollow body, double F hole, 2 pickups, pearloid block markers, this bass produces a nice full sound plugged in or played accoustically. Think "Please, please, me" type of bass sound. Nice and light, fast neck. Fabulous old bass.

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Ok,  you may now commence to drool ! This is a 1968 or 69 Ibanez  model 2475 STLP. Very rare. Ive only seen two, including this one. Note the stop tail! Very good player, totally mint condition, very nice sunburst, 3 pickups, fast neck. This model is one of the first Fugigen made Ibanez' models, and would morph into the 2375 strato that was an Ibanez staple into the late 70's. The 2475 was also available with a tremolo, with a very short trem bar.

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Beautiful and rare '71 or '72 Ibanez model 2358M Al Ciaola Model. Nice jazz tone, maple laminated body, triple bound, slim fast neck, lots of fancy appointments. Very nice players guitar, light, and comfy.

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Heres a real beauty. Its a 1976 Fujigen ES-335 copy. If it was an Ibanez, the corresponding model would be 2370. Nice warm tones, whether played accoustically or electrically. Gold hardware, bound body. An excellent example of a functional, quality,  copy era guitar.

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This is the last of my guitars from this era, a late 70's Ibanez Pf-230. The body is maple over mahoghany{fairly heavy, 9 lbs.},the color is midnight olive, a kind of black and deep green tiger striping, pearloid block markers set in a rosewood fretboard, 3 super seventies pickups, gold plated hardware, and suregrip knobs. A great playing guitar with very good sound and sustain.

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Watch for several new guitars in this section, among them a 76 model 2375 that is being restored, and a model 2350 Gold top Lp copy, which is also undergoing restoration.

Ibanez
Greco
Mann
Tama
Hoshino
Fujigen
Antoria
Crestwood
Memphis
Starfield
 

Greco Electric Hollowbody models 920 and 921
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Circo 1967 or 1968

Top: A pair of Grecos, an earlier three pickup model 921, and a later version 920 two pickup model. Rosewood bodies, slim, very playable necks, pointy bouts. The beginninag of better quality from Fujigen Gakki.
Below: Very rare, model 1910 blue burst from around 1968. This is most likely a "one of" or very limited production model. Catalogues are hard to come by for this era, so its truly hard to tell what availability was. However, this is the only example Ive ever seen on a Fujigen/Ibanez product from this era.

1968 Ibanez model 1910
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Blueburst electric hollowbody

1964 Ibanez model 483
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Hollowbody, set neck, rare model

Top: Early sixties Ibanez model 483. Very rare old set neck guitar, low production This one is under restoration. Has a bigsby style tremelo with a large script letter "I" in chrome with black paint around it.
Below: From the same series, a model 480 in red burst, note the bigsby style tremelo and large scripted "I" on the tailpiece. Guitar is complete and plays well. I have another, a model 482 which will be pictured soon.

1965 model 480 redburst
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Hard to find older Gretsch copy

Early Greco strat copy with GNECO logo
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1971 or '72 Model 430-S Matsumoko made

One of the earliest examples of a strat copy from Kanda Shokai{Greco}, a 1971 or '72 model 430-S{sunburst}. The difference is that this earlier version is Matsumoko made, as opposed to later Fugigen products. The pickups are still maxons, and everything else is much the same as the later models. Medim frets, fast neck, Many will say the strat styles of this era are equal to if not better than their Fender sisters and brothers.

A sixties trio of hollowbody Ibanez......
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The bllueburst flanked by two model 480 variants....

A trio of lovely ladies!! The blueburst surrounded on two sides by a pair of redburst model 480 variants. Note the difference in knobs on the red bursts, as well as the extra volume knob on one.

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