Ibanez Salvador / Archtop / 1940 / Natural / Guitar For Sale

This is an early Japanese made Ibanez Salvador, before they became simply Ibanez in 1957. In the early 1900’s they had been made in Spain, mainly making classical guitars. Then in the 1970’ and 80’s Ibanez became a hugely successful company making electric guitars. This guitar is a bit of an oddity. It bares no relation to the earlier Spanish made guitars, or to the later Japanese guitars. My guess is that they were trying to pick up on the archtop boom of the 30’s and 40’s. What they came up with is an unusual, highly curved archtop, with a soundhole. The top is tightly grained Spruce, and the back and sides are Birch. The body has multiple bindings, the rosette is quite intricate, the art deco tailpiece is very eye catching, and the fingerboard has a marble effect. Possibly a precursor of the George Benson jazz classic? Either way, it’s a unique design, great sounding guitar, with very good playability right along the neck. The guitar is in very good condition for it’s age, with just one top crack running down from the soundhole. To an Ibanez collector, it could be a missing part of the puzzle. To the rest of us, it’s just a cool archtop, with great vintage tone and vibe. 

Glenns Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Glenn Sinnock
Gibson, Martin, Guild, Lowden, Collings etc.
Vintage Flattops
Opening hours:
10am - 8pm / 7 days

Welcome to Glenn's Guitars here on Vintage & Rare. After many years in the industry, and having been fortunate enough to have worked in Hanks and The Acoustic Centre - probably London's two foremost acoustic guitar shops - I decided to do my own thing.

I have a passion for used and vintage acoustic guitars; nearly new second hand guitars because they can represent a bargain compared to the price of a new guitar, older and vintage guitars because they tend to have more character and can often become an investment.

You will notice when viewing my stock list my taste in guitars, as I only sell guitars that I genuinely like - and there are certain brands noticeable by their absence. I am a huge fan of older Gibson, Martin and Guild acoustics, but also more boutique brands such as Lowden and Collings.

I will consider part exchange if it makes your desired guitar a little easier to afford. I also offer a guitar finding service, if there's something specific you're looking for.

If you are happy to buy over the internet, I will send you as many high resolution photos and as much information about the guitar you're interested in as I can. If you can get to me - I'm based in Enfield, only 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street Station - you can always make an appointment with me and come and try some of the guitars out first.

I accept payment by Paypal, bank transfer, cheque and of course cash.

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