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.
In the 1960s, Rosenbloom travelled to Japan and found a number of companies that he contracted to produce the Elger acoustics.
What does exist is a Trading Company named Hoshino Gakki Group.
That company owns the Ibanez and TAMA brands (as well as some other minor brands).
This very rare Custom 2612 Ibanez, was part of that artistic transformation.
This Artist model comes straight-out-of the legendary Fujigen-Gakki factory during the notorious Gibson lawsuit era.
Around 1974, Ibanez was regularly kickin' Gibson's butt in the United States with their sales.