Through the 1970s and early/mid 1980s, Fujigen was the exclusive manufacturer of electric Ibanez guitars and basses.It's this intricate relationship between distributor (Hoshino), brand (Ibanez) and factory (Fujigen) which makes for much of the initial confusion surrounding MIJ guitars and their origins.
Es muy importante la correcta datación de tu instrumento, así como el lugar de fabricación.
La mayoría de las veces un determinado año, país, o hasta la planta de montaje determinan su valor y orientan al luthier sobre materiales, técnicas y acabados de un instrumento en concreto. Aquí puedes encontrar algunos enlaces para conocer el lugar y fecha de nacimiento de tu guitarra o bajo.
I have been playing, collecting, repairing and analyzing vintage Ibanez (and other MIJ guitars) for over 30 years, and I am often asked this question.
The reason I get asked it is because many people who are selling an old guitar without the Ibanez brand on it put something to this effect in their ad: So, if you have found this article because you are considering buying a cool old guitar, the information I have presented below should help you avoid paying more for a guitar than it is actually worth, or finding out later, when you go to sell it, that it really isn't an Ibanez at all.
Thus, the only true "lawsuit" guitars out there for sale are Ibanez-branded electric guitars that are copies of Gibson models and made with "open book" headstocks.
That covers a range of approximately 1970 through 1976, when the headstock switch came about.
I can't confirm this, but Fujigen may have gone as far as to produce the majority of the catalog, and Hoshino would put its "Ibanez" brand on the front and back covers.
Some people have found online copies of these older catalogs (a good source for these can be found at Vintage Ibanez Guitar Catalogs - 1971 through 2007) and point to the pictures without logos as evidence that "Ibanez" made unbranded guitars. Some unbranded guitar pictures from a 1973 Ibanez catalog: The answer to this depends on what your definition of "lawsuit" (as it relates to MIJ guitars) is.
Hoshino Gakki (the Japanese trading company that owns the "Ibanez" brand name) took great pains to address the issue way back then, but these days, nobody seems to take their word for it.