Hey Zach, I have owned this Ibanez “lawsuit” guitar for over 25 years and I’d like to know a little more about it.
The serial number on the neck plate is K7709XX and as far as I know, it is all original except for the missing pickup cover.
In the s Japanese guitar makers started to mainly invent American guitar designs and Ibanez ibanez dating copies of Gibson, Fender ibznez Rickenbacker models started to appear.
It was preceded by the Orange "Overdrive" and green "Overdrive-II" which came in narrower boxes without the battery cover, and the reddish "Overdrive-II" which had a box very similar to the TS-808.
The lighter green OD-855 Overdrive-II is also in the TS-808 style box and has a circuit which is similar to the 808 - the board part numbers only differ by one digit.
The late s and early s were an important period for the Ibanez brand.
Hoshino Gakki also had semi acoustic, nylon and steel stringed acoustic guitars manufactured under the Ibanez name.
Japanese-built guitars that are copies of American designs before the Gibson lawsuit are commonly referred to as “lawsuit era” guitars today.
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.The overdrive and OD-II had a different, much more distorted, fuzzy circuit close to a Big Muff.The TS-808 and its generation have small square metal on/off touch-buttons. There were some TS-808s made in the 1979 period, mostly for other than USA markets, that came in a narrower box.Can you tell me more about Ibanez’s lawsuit guitars and how much this is worth today?Thanks, Chris Natale NYC Many Japanese-copied “lawsuit era” guitars under names like Greco, Aria, Tokai, and Ibanez have taken on an almost cult-like status today among many guitar collectors.An Ibanez Tube Screamer is an overdrive/distortion pedal that is mild compared to many, but allows the true sound of the guitar and player's technique to come through.