Ibanez Iceman History

Ibanez dates back to pre-World War 2, with origins in Spain, but they really came into prominence from the famous “lawsuit” models in the 1970s. Here’s a couple that are awfully Fenderish, and one that’s less Paul than original, if you catch my drift.


“Mediocre minds imitate. Great minds steal.” – Show business truism As you can see, the company duplicated the famous deigns of big American guitar giants like Gibson, Fender, and even Rickenbacker. But while the guitars looked and even played similar (or better), the price tags were a lot easier to deal with. Then as now, Ibanez wasn’t afraid of putting the player ahead of playing nice with their competitors. This also gave the company the reputation of a shoddy Japanese-made product. (There was a lot of that going around in the early ’70s, but like Honda and Toyota versus the AMC Gremlin, the best products won out in the end. They always do.) As the decade moved on, the company started innovating, rather than imitating. The Artist series guitars for George Benson, the Iceman model for Paul Stanley (KISS) and the Destroyer for Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) put the company in the hands of some of the most influential players of the day. They also established Ibanez as the burner of choice for metal maniacs, and set the stage for what would become the company’s elecric mainstay, the Roadster.

Ibanez Iceman Guitar KIT


This is a previously owned Ibanez Iceman guitar. I am not sure of the exact model number, but it was crafted in Korea, has dot inlay, and a bolt on neck. It is in great condition except for a small chip on headstock and some buckle rash on the back side. It has been professionally upgraded with EMG pickups, 18v mod, and a shielding job to reduce noise during performances. It sounds awesome and feels incredible while playing. This is an excellent choice of instrument for recording or live performances.
FEATURES:Black body with white binding22 jumbo fretsAdjustable fixed bridgeChrome hardwareVolume, Tone, and 3 way toggleShielded “Faraday Cage” cavityEMG 81 bridgeEMG 85 neck18v mod kit with new batteriessoft case
This guitar comes with FREE professional set up and is strung with new SIT strings. Intonation is set for drop D tuning, but will set up to any tuning at buyers request FREE of charge! This is a fun and great sounding guitar that is hard to put down when playing. Please email for any questions and good luck with the auction!!!

Ibanez Iceman Guitar History

A Short History Of A Company With A Long History

If you wanted a total history of Ibanez you´d have go back to 1908 when a company named Hoshino began as a sheet music store and later music products distributor in Nagoya Japan.

If you wanted a little less completeness than that you´d go back about forty-five when Hoshino began distributing a Spanish guitar named Ibanez. Or perhaps you´d simply go to the Mid 60´s when Hoshino, who by that time had purchased the rights to the Ibanez name, began shipping incredibly funky looking guitars to the United States, many of which were actually sold in department stores.

But for most of us, Ibanez pretty much begins almost 30 years ago, when Hoshino opened an office near Philadelphia, PA for more efficiently distributing Ibanez guitars to the United States. Most of those guitars were Ibanez´ famous high quality (but very inexpensive) copies of just about everything–you name it, we probably made a version of it. At that time many American instruments were going through an unfortunate period of increasing prices with decreasing quality, and these copies hit a ready market.

But the people with Ibanez weren´t content with just copying and Ibanez began making their own designs: the solid body Artists (played by Bob Weir of the Dead) the Iceman (first made famous by Paul Stanley of KISS and the George Benson guitars, the first jazz boxes designed for higher volume stage playing. Many of these “first” Ibanez guitars continue to increase in value and a good number are now highly prized collector´s items.

By 1976, the Ibanez copy era officially came to an end when one of the major American guitar manufacturers–no longer amused by the copiers–successfully sued the highest profile copier, Ibanez. But by that time it didn´t matter–Ibanez had already left the copies behind and was fast becoming an innovative guitar company in its own right.

By the mid-80´s with the interest in instrumental rock guitar on the rise, Ibanez collaborated with players such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert and brought out the JEM, JS, RG and S models. Today, present day versions such as these models still considered the standard in hard rock and instrumental rock guitars.

As well known for its jazz guitars as it is for rock, Ibanez has an impressive line of jazz boxes including the aforementioned George Benson models, two Pat Metheny models, and most recently, the new John Scofield signature semi-acoustic.

One final note…Ibanez is also one of the top selling bass companies in the world (in many places the top selling bass). Ibanez first drew attention in the 70´s and 80´s with its neck-thru Musician basses with active electronics. Today, Ibanez offers the huge number of 4, 5, and 6 basses in the Soundgear as well as the basses of the future, the luthite-bodied Ergodynes.

Ibanez Iceman GAK

The headstock design is based on the Ibanez Iceman with an added cut to  Second Hand, Ex-Demo & B-Stock GAK Guitars GAK Pro Audio GAK Drums 

The Ibanez SDB1 4-String Bass Guitar, Iceman, Sharlee D’angelo, Arch  Second Hand, Ex-Demo & B-Stock GAK Guitars GAK Pro Audio GAK Drums Trustpilot 

Ibanez Iceman Guitar Sale

The Iceman is an Ibanez Iceman Guitar Sale produced by Hoshino Gakki. To understand the guitar, you need to know a little about the company.

102 years ago when Western music was just reaching Japan, Matsujiro Hoshino opened a music business. In 1908 he opened a facility to sell sheet music and organs.

In 1929 Hoshino opened a manufacturing facility called Hoshino Gakki Ten, to produce its own musical instruments.

By 1935, Hoshino began in the Spanish guitar business and sold guitars domestically under the brand name, Ibanez-Salvador. It seems that Asian and European companies like to put Spanish sounding names on guitars.

Ibanez Iceman Guitar Review

Those who practice the art of Chaos magic believe that “Nothing is True and Everything is Permitted.” Shapes can be shifted, rules can be broken and radical thoughts are the norm. This way of thinking might also apply to Ibanez’s X Series. In 2008, we’ve got the first ever neck-thru Iceman models with reverse headstocks to boot.

5-piece Wizard thru-necks on ICT700s. Wicked Iceman tones powered by DiMarzio’s D-Activator pickups.

Ibanez Iceman Guitar Price


The X-Series Iceman X features a contemporary body, more compact than the original, with the same heart and soul. There has never been an Iceman model that’s this comfortable and affordable! The Ibanez Iceman Guitar Price has a pair of hot Ibanez Powersound humbucker pickups, a basswood body, Maple neck, 22-fret Rosewood fingerboard, and chrome hardware.

Some guitars look rock and roll and some sound rock and roll. The Iceman does both. Most famous classics were designed for other kinds of music before they were adopted by rockers. But the Iceman was born to rock. The Iceman’s shape is so radical you can’t miss it, no matter how big the stadium. In looks or in sound, there’s no mistaking the Ibanez Iceman.

Ibanez Iceman Guitar Case

A hardshell case for the Ibanez Iceman ICT100 guitar, the Ibanez ICT100C Electric Guitar Case was designed to protect your investment and fit the unique shape of your instrument. High quality constructions with a plush interior and an interior compartment.

Ibanez Guitar Cases
Other cases may look like an Ibanez case. But if it doesn’t say Ibanez, it isn’t an Ibanez. Only Ibanez cases are designed specifically to fit and protect your Ibanez guitar or bass.

Accept no substitutes! Generic look alike cases designed to fit everything rarely fit anything right. Only Ibanez cases and bags are made to fit the unique shape of Ibanez guitars and basses. If it doesn’t say Ibanez on the case, it isn’t an Ibanez.

Ibanez Iceman Giger


Truly a rare find! HR Giger, best known as the artist for the “Alien” movies, teamed up with Ibanez to create a limited number of guitars featuring his work. The famed artist personally designed the graphics for the Ibanez HR Giger series. The extremely unique and intricate artwork was used on some of the most iconic Ibanez models, including the Iceman and the RG, with only a few hundred guitars actually produced. The Iceman, being introduced first, is by far the more rare model from the series and very difficult to find on the used guitar market.

This HR Giger Iceman is in A+ MINT condition and, due to the limited numbers in existence, is sure to become a true collector’s piece in the years to come.

Ibanez Iceman Guitar Center

A TKL case made especially to protect your Ibanez Iceman Guitar Center. Features a 3-ply laminated wood shell, heavy-duty Durahyde™ covering, a thickly padded plush interior with the Traditional Neck Support System™, and steel reinforced seams. With the Comfort Grip™ molded handle and tough Providence Forge ® hardware.