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Early 1960s Ibanez (Sorrento) 994 Japan Vintage Japanese Guitar, REALLY COOL!!!

  • Price:$399.00

Before I talk about this guitar, let me say that this cool vintage instrument has had all the necessary work done to make it a playable guitar.  I see sellers (even "reputable" guitar shops) all the time asking top dollar for vintage Japanese guitars that have major flaws and playability issues that are never addressed.  I LOVE these old quirky guitars and truly believe they offer tonal options that will never be found on any current guitar model.  Our little team works out all the issues and bugs inherent in these older guitars, and when I sell one, the buyer won't have to do anything but plug and play!  OK, let's talk about this guitar!!

The video above is this very guitar for sale!  

This is one of the first "Ibanez" guitars produced by Hoshino Gakki at the Japanese Tama plant.  These guitars are real beauties but they often need a TON of work to get them in a playable, gig able state, and this one right here was a true labor of love!  As it sits, this guitar plays better than it ever did straight from the factory, and could be someone's every day garage band player!  This darn thing is dialed in!!!!!  Let's talk about what was done:

Pickups and Electronics-As usual, the coolest parts of these guitars are the pickups!  And again, as usual, I love these pickups, and I'll often buy a vintage guitar just because it has weird looking pups!  Check out the white sparkle inlays on the pickups!  Starting at the bridge, the pickups read out at 4.14k, 4.15k, 4.16k, and 4.13k .  And with all the pickups turned on the output jumps to over 16k!!!  I also like how the pickups are "bunched" in pairs at the bridge and neck.  It creates a nice play to strum!  The electronics were gone over by a professional tech (and one of the few true vintage Japanese guitar experts left in the US!) and every solder joint, pot, switch, and wire was checked out and fixed as needed. All electronics work perfectly.  For the dirty sounds in the video we used a Fulltone OCD in the "HP" setting, and then a vintage Big Muff fuzz pedal.

Neck and Body- The body is relatively clean but it does show scuffs, marks, and small scratches, especially on the edges.  There's also some worming on the back.  The truss rod is intact and it works.  The tremolo is complete and original!  It doesn't work really great, but it doesn't work too bad either.  It's just not for huge dives, but it works better as a more subtle wobble if you get my drift.  The rosewood fretboard is just one of the most beautifully figured pieces of word I've ever seen, seriously!!  The neck plate has some etching on it that says "Sorrento E-10 4V."  It's very faint, but probably gives a clue as to the original logo (which is long gone).

Set-Up and Playability- This guitar set up very well and plays excellently!  The truss rod works and was adjusted, and the neck angle has been properly set-up and is spot on for wonderful action.  Action at the 12th fret is 2/32"!! The original bridge was in pieces, and had these CRAZY long screw studs sticking up!  We removed all the bridge weirdness and replaced it with a proper tuneomatic bridge that intonates and adds a huge improvement in sustain. The frets are clean and show little to no wear.  Frets have also been polished! There aren't any dead spots up and down the neck and bends are easy.  

Sound- This guitar is just a solid player and a good example of the great potential all these vintage Japanese guitars have! Lo-fi garage, raw blues, echo-y surf, it's all here. Add a little dirt or crank a small tube amp and you have the early rock sound NAILED!  With a high gain overdrive or fuzz, this guitar takes on this weird synth-like quality on the upper fret registers, very cool and strange all at once! The body is lightweight and the guitar balances well on the shoulder and the knee!  Like I mentioned before, the pickups are just AWESOME in this guitar!  Just check out the video.

Bottom Line- I just love these old department store guitars and I swear by them as players.  Whenever you buy vintage Japanese guitars you are really rolling the dice because 85% of them are really unplayable after years of neglect, or sometimes they were unplayable straight out of the factory.  This one is dialed in and I really believe you'll appreciate the time and care that went into making this guitar a player.  I take a lot of pride in resurrecting these guitars! If you're sick and tired of sounding and looking like everyone else, then give one of these vintage beauties a try!  SO many of these guitars get relegated to "wall hangers" because they look pretty but play awfully!  These types of guitars get bought and re-sold all the time because they all have issues, but when one is dialed in like this one, it really shows the potential most of these older guitars have!  

By the way, I'm currently in another purge mode, so check out my listings this week as I'll be adding all sorts of rare and weird stuff!

Please read before bidding. I'm real easy to deal with, but communication is the key. I don't really like to deal with 0 feedback, or real low feedback bidders. I'd rather you build up your feedback and then come to me. But if you really want to bid, and you have low feedback, e-mail first! This is important! I only like to accept Paypal because it's quick, but you have to have a confirmed address. This is also important! Should it sell, I'll pack it nicely and ship it insured as quick as I can. Ask all the questions you want before or during bidding! Lastly, there will be no returns, but that being said, this guitar works fine so there shouldn't be any worries! I really pride myself on being honest, and I pack really well! I'm charging a flat $35 for shipping.  Check my feedback, especially from buyers. Cheers!