Ibanez was certainly guilty of copying Gibson, Fender, and Martin models, among others, but they were also one of the most proactive companies when it came to introducing original designs.
Between 19, Ibanez introduced several original designs including the popular Iceman and the Artist Series.
The question many of you may be asking is why the disparity in value between a real Les Paul Custom and a copy if the quality is comparable?
No question, there is a lot of value in a name and Gibson is the most valuable name in the guitar world.
*) AC/DC version was available, sometimes known as EH-110. **) AC/DC version was available, sometimes known as EH-160 (one sample can be found in Aspen Pittman's book, 3-6C5, 4-26B6, 4-25Z5). ***) AC/DC version, known as EH-195 was also available GA-77 Vanguard: 12AY7, 12AX7, 12AU7, 2-6L6, 5V4 GA-70: 12AX7, 12AY7, 12AU7, 2-6L6, 5V4 GA-55: 2-12AY7, 6SC7, 2-6L6, 5V4 GA-45 Maestro: 2-5879, 6SQ7, 12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (essentially a GA-40 with bass & treble tone controls and different speaker configuration)GA-40 Les Paul: 2-5879, 12AX7, 6SQ7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-30 Invader: 2-12AX7, 12AU7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-20: 4-12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (correspond to Epiphone EA-25 Century) GA-20T: 5879, 12AY7, 12AX7, 6SQ7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (correspond to Epiphone EA-25T Century) GA-15: 12AX7, 6SL7, 2-6V6, 5Y3GA-9: 6SJ7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-8 Gibsonette: 12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-8T Gibsonette/Discoverer: 12AX7, 2-6BM8, 5Y3 GA-6: 12AY7, 6SL7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-6 Lancer: 2-12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (identical to GA-14 Titan except for 12" speaker) GA-5 Skylark: 12AX7, 6V6, 5Y3GA-400 Super-400: 3-12AX7, 12AY7, 2-6BJ8, 2-6SK7, 6V6, 2-6550, GZ34 GA-200 Rhythm King: 2-12AX7, 12AY7, 2-6BJ8, 2-6SK7, 6V6, 2-6550, GZ34 GA-46T: 3-12AX7, 2-5879, 6SN7, 6V6, 2-6550, 5AR4 GA-85: 2-12AX7, 2-5881, 5V6, 5V4GA-100 Bass: 6EU7, 2-6BD6, 2-6FM8, 2-6L6, GZ34, 0A2 (correspond to Epiphone EA-70 Bass-Amp) GA-86 Ensemble: 2-12AX7, 2-5881, 6V6, GZ34 GA-80 Vari-Tone: 2-12AX7, 2-5879, 2-6L6, GZ34 GA-16T Viscount: 2-12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-14 Titan: 2-12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (identical to GA-6 Lancer except for 10" speaker, and Epiphone EA-30 Triumph)GA-83S Stereo-Vib: 4-12AX7, 12AU7, 3-6CG7, 4-6BQ5, GZ34 GA-88S Stereo-Twin: 3-12AX7, 4-6BQ5, GZ34 GA-87 Maestro Stereo: 3-12AX7, 4-6BQ5, GZ34 GA-78 & 79: 4-6EU7, 4-6BQ6 GA-79RVT Multi-Purpose: 3-6EU7, 7199, 12AU7, 4-6BQ5 GA-78RV Maestro 30: 3-6EU7, 7199, 12AU7, 4-6BQ5GA-1RT: 12AX7, 6BM8, 5Y3 GA-1RVT: 6EU7, 7199, 6BM8, 5Y3 (Aka Maestro M-1RVT) GA-2RT: 4-6EU7, 12AU7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-77RV Vanguard: 3-6EU7, 1-12AU7, 2-6L6GC, 1-GZ34 (5AR4) GA-30RV Invader: 3-6EU7, 12AU7A, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-15RV: 3-6EU7, 12AU7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-19RVT: 3-6EU7, 7199, 2-6V6, 5Y3GA-40T Les Paul: 3-6EU7, 12AU7, 2-7591, 5AR4 GA-60 Hercules: 2-6EU7, 2-7591, 5AR4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-65 Rivoli) GA-18T Explorer: 2-6EU7, 2-6BQ5, 6CA4 GA-8 Discoverer: 6EU7, 6C4, 2-6BQ5, 6CA4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-35 Devon) GA-8T Discoverer: 2-6EU7, 2-6BQ5, 6CA4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-35T Devon) GA-5 Skylark: 6EU7, 6C4, 2-6AQ5, 6X4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-50 Pacemaker) GA-5T Skylark: 2-6EU7, 2-6AQ5, 6X4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-50T Pacemaker) Courtesy of Allan Fredrickson.
GA-77RVT Vanguard: 4-6EU7, 12AU7, 7199, 2-6L6 GA-30RVT Invader: 4-6EU7, 12AU7, 2-7591, 5AR4 (most likely corresponding to Epiphone EA-12RVT Futura) GA-30RVT Invader: 4-6EU7, 2-12AU7, 2-7591, 0A2 GA-19RVT Falcon: 3-6EU7, 6C4, 2-6V6, 5Y3 (both brown and late black models correspond to Maestro M-216RVT and Epiphone EA-28RVT Pathfinder) Courtesy of Matt Lafferty and Jonathan Horne.
GA-19RVT Falcon: 3-6EU7, 7199, 2-6V6, 5Y3GA-77RET/RETL Vanguard: 3-6EU7, 2-12AU7, 6CG7 (6FQ7), 2-6L6, 0A2 GA-75 Recording: 2-6EU7, 6CG7 (6FQ7), 6C4, 2-6L6 GA-25RVT Hawk (Dated Oct '63 - only one tone-control): 4-6EU7, 12AU7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-25RVT Hawk: 2-6EU7, 3-12AU7 (5814), 2-7591 GA-17RVT Scout: 2-6EU7, 12AX7, 2-6AQ5, 6CA4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-33RVT Galaxie)Titan: 3-6EU7, 2-12AU7, 6FQ7, 4-6L6, 0A2 (12AU7 splitter, 6FQ7 driver) Mercury: 6EU7 splitter, 6FQ7 driver and 2-6L6 output Titan I, III, V and Medalist: 3-6EU7, 2-12AU7, 6FQ7, 4-6L6, 0A2 (correspond to Epiphone EA-500T) Mercury I, II and Medalist (sloping sides): 2-6EU7, 6C4 and 1/2-6EU7 tremolo, 1/2-6EU7 splitter, 6FQ7 driver and 2-6L6 output, 0A2 Courtesy of James Black.
Hey Zach, I have owned this Ibanez “lawsuit” guitar for over 25 years and I’d like to know a little more about it.
Just like a Les Paul Custom, this guitar has multiply body and headstock binding, fancy headstock pearl inlays (another Ibanez original design), and a “Custom” truss rod cover.
However, the most notable difference between this guitar and a real Gibson is the bolt-on neck.
Bolt-on neck guitars are usually considered inferior to set necks, which also attributes to a lesser value on the copy.