SOLD - Ibanez George Benson GB-10 JS – Korea 1997

by Ibanez

$1,795.00 21237
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“George Benson's guitar of choice for decades has been his signature Ibanez GB 10 hollowbody electric. Every inch of the GB 10 proudly exudes Ibanez's pride in their craftsmanship and attention to detail. A thick spruce top caps the compact maple body for a sound that is both clear and round. That sound is translated through a custom set of GB humbucking pickups. And the guitar is outfitted from headstock to strap pin with beautiful adornments such as mother-of-pearl and abalone inlay and multi-ply binding.

George Benson was heavily involved in the design of his GB 10 hollowbody electric guitar. His input extends from the compact body dimensions to smaller details that add up to a supremely playable instrument. The guitar's tension-adjustable tailpiece tailors the instruments feel to your preferences. Benson specified a brass nut for its rounder tone. Even the set of pearlized tuning knobs were chosen for their resistance to corrosion.

The Ibanez GB 10 is superb for that warm jazz sound that has propelled George Benson's biggest hits. The custom-wound GB special humbucking pickups deliver that woody sound while remaining articulate and clear. Switch to the bridge humbucker and you'll find that the GB10 is capable of a lot more than its traditional jazz voice. The distinctive construction of the guitar's hollow body also plays a major role in its voice. A thicker-than-average spruce top enhances clarity while fighting feedback, while the compact dimensions add focus to its tone.”

Features -

  • George Benson designed acoustic electric jazz guitar
  • Floating custom-wound GB mini humbucking pickups
  • Thicker spruce top and a smaller body rejects feedback
  • Die-cast bridge allows separate tension adjustment of treble and bass strings
  • GB Prestige set-In neck
  • Beautiful binding and inlay adornments

Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
Length: 479mm / 18⅞"
Width: 375mm / 14¾"
Depth: 85mm / 3⅜"

Top:
Material: Spruce (laminated)
Binding: Ivory/ black multi-ply
Back/sides:
Material: Maple (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in

Bridge:
Ebony w/ ebony saddle (10.4mm string spacing)

Tailpiece:
GB10 original

Pickguard:
Tortoise

Knob style:
Speed (gold)

Hardware color:
Gold

Neck
Neck type:
GB10

Neck material:
3-piece maple

Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"

Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding

Fingerboard inlays:
Acrylic and abalone split block

Frets:
22 / medium (SBB213-150)

Nut:
Plastic (43mm)

Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38

Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez GB special bridge (H) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez GB special neck (H) passive/alnico

Controls:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector

Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)

 

This GB 10 is in fabulous, original condition. It has been well cared for by its one owner who bought it new from a well known Sydney Ibanez dealer back in the day. There is little sign of wear and nothing on the guitar has been changed from its original specifications. It has recently been given a wonderful setup by Luke Parry of Northern Beaches Guitar Repairs, and it plays beautifully and sounds great.

This particular GB-10 JS was made in Korea in 1991, and it is designated the JS Model - ie Jazz Standard. It is essentially the exact same guitars as the Made In Japan models with these differences –

  • Plain truss rod cover – no “George Benson” inscription
  • No inlay on the rosewood bridge base
  • Fingerboard is rosewood, not ebony
  • Control knobs are speed knobs instead of top hat style 
  • About A$2000

Although assembled in Korea, this GB-10 JS features every other specification of the Japanese models including select tone woods, pickups, circuitry & wiring, neck scale, radius & profile, adjustable tailpiece, floating pickguard, fret profile, construction methods and overall excellent attention to detail.

We make the last differential point “About A$2000” because even though the Korean built GB-10s are just about identical to the Japanese made models, they are much cheaper to buy on the second hand market. 

This guitar is now 24 years old, it has settled & matured, been played in and speaks with a voice not necessarily apparent on a brand new guitar. And on this one, George Benson’s signature can be found on the internal label – see pic.

The fit and finish on this guitar is top notch, with stunning attention to detail. The binding around the body, fretboard, headstock, and F-holes is excellent. The frets are smooth, polished and show no wear. And the mother-of-pearl and abalone fretboard and headstock inlays are quite beautiful.

For a guitar of this quality and in excellent condition, this is a fabulous opportunity to acquire a fine instrument at a bargain price.

Comes in its original Ibanez hard shell case in excellent condition.

Video demo of same model - https://youtu.be/Tdf7vflGGpU

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