1977 Ibanez Custom Agent 2405

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  1. Torren61

    Torren61 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    If some of you aren't familiar with Japanese guitars of the mid to late 1970s, they were getting REALLY good at making guitars that were AS good if not BETTER quality than what was being produced by the USA during the same time period.

    This is one example. I bought this one a few months back and I just finished putting her back together last night. I found her on CL for $700 with the original case.

    It's a 1977 Ibanez Custom Agent 2405. It needed a lot of cleaning and it needed a few missing parts, plus it had GFS P90s in it instead of the correct original pickups.

    So, I bought a replacement pick guard, 1977 Ibanez Super 70s pickups, gold pickup covers and correct knobs. I kept the pots and caps original. All the other hardware is original.

    I stripped everything off the guitar and cleaned all the plastic and hardware. I used a scratch remover to polish out most of the small scratches on the neck and body and I polished the guitar with wax. I cleaned and oiled the fingerboard.

    She sounds pretty good with all original electronics and I might leave her alone but I am pondering installing an Emerson pre-wired kit for a LP.

    Here are some pics:

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    Wow. Great find at a great price!
     
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    Neat. I've never seen one of those before.
     
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    Here's a few outside shots. Notice the repaired headstock break at the tail of the scroll? It's a "thing" with them. Too bad. I have about $1100 in her right now. That's about what she's worth with that repair, maybe a hundred or two more depending ion the GAS of the buyer.

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  5. Torren61

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    These are the next frontier for collectable guitars, although they've been recognized as such for awhile. They're currently still affordable but I'm sure that won't always be the case.
     
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    $700???

    I've seen them go for double that. Too bad about the headstock break, but it's barely noticeable.

    These are all kinds of 70's over-the-top coolness.

    Nice score.
     
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  7. schmee

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    Those old Ibanez were cool for sure. Had the 70's deluxe Artist for a while. The work on it was impeccable. Got it for $350! That headstock style on the OP's is one reason I can't get myself to buy a D'Anglico guitar, looks like the same problem waiting to happen!
     
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    Nice!

    Also, your furniture can play at my house any time.
     
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    Now that's a pickguard!
     
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    Awesome. I've been collecting/buying/selling vintage Ibanez guitars for some time. I have your guitars sister. 1977 2405. Alos have a set neck 1977 2651, among others.
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    I've never been more relieved to see the photo of a headstock break!! Not what I expected. :D
     
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    Wow man, that is one nice looking guitar. Never seen that style before - love the scroll work on the hs and pg.
     
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  13. Torren61

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    Wow! Nice guitars! Tell these guys about the quality, fit and finish as well as sound, tone and playability of the '70s Japanese guitars. Heck they STILL make some of the best guitars in the world.
     
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    I love the antler inlays.
     
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    I'm not telling them a damn thing. LOL. I don't want the competition.
    Here's a few more. 1976 Ibanez 2351 bolt on neck.JPG 1977 Ibanez Artist 2618.jpg 1977 Ibanez Silver Series Stratocaster S.jpg 1978 Ibanez 2618 CW.JPG 1978 IBANEZ ARTIST 2619 .jpg 1978 IBANEZ F200.jpg 1979 Washburn Falcon.jpg 1979 washburn flacon2.jpg The Washburn was made in Japan as well.
    Don't go down this wormhole guys....LOL.
    Honestly. These guitars are very bit as good as the USA Fenders and Gibsons built at the time in my opinion.
     
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    Nothing to see here folks. Forget what I said about '70s Japanese guitars being good. They're awful. Don't play them and don't buy them.

    Do you think they believed me?
     
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    I hope so.

    Are you a member of ICW? (Ibanez collectors world)?

    Since you have a custom agent you should probably join. Ton of info on vintage Ibanez guitars and an excellent forum with good members.

    http://www.ibanezcollectors.com/forum/
     
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    Well, I'm gonna join now! Thanks!
     
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    I have an all original 1980 Ibanez AR-50 with uncovered super 70s. Those pickups are straight up magic in a humbucker form. I love the headstock on your guitar.
     
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    Beauty! I love 70s Ibanez'

    I had a 77 2681 that I've regretted selling since a couple days since I shipped it. Super 70s rock!

    Congrats on your new guitar.
     
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