Sunday, December 15, 2013

Vintage Ibanez: the FG 100

A Facebook friend of mine was selling an Ibanez FG 100 guitar and asked me to do a video on it for a potential buyer. I remember playing one years and years ago but I somehow had forgotten about it. Well, after picking it up I was immediately pleasantly surprised. It was a nice blonde and felt great right away. Plugged in, it sounded just fine. Way better than I could remember. So I bought it myself.

The body is laminated maple, the neck three piece maple and the pups are Ibanez Super 58. The guitar is comfortable to play because of its slighly smaller body but the sound is classic jazz guitar. I actually like this guitar's sound better than the 1977 Ibanez Johnny Smith I owned and that was a really beautiful instrument. A used FG 100 has an execellent price/quality ratio, for, you usually see them for under a grand on the internet.

This is the guitar that George Benson used on his 1986 European Tour. There is a DVD with him on this particular model. One of the most spectacular George Benson clips on the tube features the FG 100. Listen and marvel:

My FG 100 is a 1983 model. Ibanez produced it from 1982-1987. Anyway, here I am playing this blonde beauty ... I am taking it easy on a jazz ballad after all the Benson pyrotechnics!

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    I might obtain a blond Ibanez FG100. What should I pay to have a nice musical investment ?