Ronin

Ronin Guitars hand made from reclaimed old growth redwood in California. Ronin electric guitars are made by Izzy Lugo and John Reed, while Ronin’s acoustic models are built by John's father Jack Reed. The project started when Jack Reed took a chainsaw to an old-growth stump on his property in Humboldt County and made a guitar out of it for John. John Reed teamed up with guitar tech Izzy Lugo and opened a guitar store in New York selling these guitars made from salvaged redwood, before relocating the business to California. In 2016 they revamped the Ronin range, introducing some great original designs alongside their versions of the classic Strat, Les Paul and Tele shapes. Their guitars are not exclusively made from salvaged redwood - you will find mahogany and maple examples.

Source: Ronin Guitars website (16 January 2019)

Ibanez RS520

Ibanez RS520FG electric guitar

The Ibanez RS520 was a Roadstar II Deluxe model electric guitar made in Japan from 1984 until 1985. It had HH pickup configuration with 2 IBZ humbuckers - mounted in gold pickup rings. Both the humbuckers could be coil tapped via two push-push Duo Sonic switches. The RS520 had an Ibanez Pro-Rock'r tremolo and locking nut. The ones made in 1984 had a birch top on a basswood body - but by 1985 the body was entirely basswood.

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Ibanez RS530

Ibanez RS530 electric guitar

The Ibanez RS530 was a Roadstar II Deluxe model electric guitar made in Japan from 1984 until 1985. It was the flame maple topped version of the RS520 and had the same HH pickup configuration with 2 IBZ humbuckers, but with black pickup rings and hardware. Both the humbuckers could be coil tapped via two push-push Duo Sonic switches. The RS530 had an Ibanez Pro-Rock'r tremolo and locking nut. The RS530 was replaced by the RG530 in 1986.

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Ibanez RS1010SL Steve Lukather

Ibanez RS1010SL Steve Lukather electric guitar

The Ibanez RS1010SL was a Roadstar II Deluxe Series guitar made in Japan from 1983 to 1985. The Ibanez RS1010SL was Steve Lukather's signature model and had a carved birdseye maple top with ivory binding on a basswood body. The bolt on maple neck had an ebony fingerboard with snowflake position markers. Pickups were two humbuckers: a custom SL Special at the bridge and a stock Ibanez Super 58 at the neck. When it was launched in 1983 the RS1010SL had a Hard Rocker Pro tremolo bridge, a natural finished maple headstock and neck, 21 frets and rubberized Sure Grip knobs.

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Ibanez RS1000

Ibanez RS1000 electric guitar

The Ibanez RS1000 was a Roadstar Custom guitar made in Japan from 1983 to 1984. The Ibanez RS1000 has an arched birdseye maple top on an alder or basswood body. Similar in design to the Steve Lukather signature RS1010SL model. Ibanez described the RS1000 as follows in their 1983 catalog:

The RS1000 is the ultimate in simplistic, straightforward guitar design. Built for the guitarist who takes a no-nonsense approach to playin, the RS1000 reflects the highest degree of craftsmanship imaginable.

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Ibanez RS1300

Ibanez RS1300 electric guitar

The Ibanez RS1000 was a Roadstar II Deluxe guitar made in Japan from 1984 to 1985. The Ibanez RS1300 has a bound arched birdseye maple top on a basswood body. Similar in design to the Steve Lukather signature RS1010SL model. From 1985 onwards the volume controls also act as Duo Sound coil tap switches for the pickups, with a push-pull action.

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IBANEZ AH10 Allan Holdsworth

Ibanez AH10 Allan Holdsworth electric guitar

After two years of development by the Ibanez R & D team, the Allan Holdsworth model was launched in 1985. The AH10 design has several features chosen to fit Allan Holdsworth's playing style, musical range and artistic expression:

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IBANEZ AH20 Allan Holdsworth

Ibanez AH20 Allan Holdsworth electric guitar

The Ibanez AH20 was an Allan Holdsworth signature model was launched in 1986 and made until 1987. it was the 2 pickup version of the AH10 design and shares the same features chosen to fit Allan Holdsworth's playing style, musical range and artistic expression:

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IBANEZ GR220

Ibanez GR220 electric guitar

Production of the Ibanez GR220 (Ghost Rider220) began in 1995 and ended in 1996. The GR220 was made in Korea by Samick (1995) and then by Cort (1996) and had two Ibanez P-90 pickups

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CHARVEL 550 XL

Charvel 550XL professional electric guitar, blue finish

CHARVEL manufactured the 550 XL PROFESSIONAL between 1988 and 1991. The 550XL features neck through body construction. 25.5 inch scale length and a 24 fret rosewood fingerboard with white dot inlays. Black (or possibly chrome) hardware includes Floyd Rose licensed double locking vibrato, one J100 single coil pickup (at the neck) and one J90-C humbucker ( at the bridge). Controls are a single volume knob and a five-way pickup switch.

Finish options candy blue, candy red, turquoise, magenta, platinum and metallic black. The finish on the pointy headstock matches the body.

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Ibanez RS315

Ibanez RS315 electric guitar

The Ibanez RS315 was a Roadstar II Deluxe Series electric guitar made in Japan from 1983 to 1984. The RS315 had a flamed maple top with sunburst finsh (Cherry Sunburst or Marine Sunburst) and a single Ibanez V2 humbucker.

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Rivertone

Rivertone is the brand name of luthier John Robinson based in Yorkshire, England. Robinson makes one-off electric guitars and basses by hand, specialising in neck-though designs, often with figured tops made from English walnut or sycamore.

Ibanez RS440

Ibanez RS440 electric guitar

The Ibanez RS440 was a Roadstar II Deluxe model electric guitar made in Japan from 1984 until 1985. It was the HSS version of the RS430 model - with V5 humbucker at the bridge and two Super 7 single coils. The V5 could be coil tapped via a Duo Sonic switch. Replaced by the RG440 model after 1985.

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MESA/Boogie - quality you know at a price you can now afford

MESA/Boogie .50 Caliber Head - advert 1988

The MESA/Boogie .50 Caliber Head was a 50 Watt tube amplifier head made from 1987-1988, with a nifty 5-band EQ. This model was replaced by the .50 Caliber+ head in 1988 which had different switches and 6L6 tubes (versus EL-84s on the original 0.50 Caliber).

Shadow

Joe Marinic founded Shadow Electronics in 1971 in Erlangen, Germany as an electric guitar and pickup maker, but initially Joe decided to focus solely on pickups. Soon Shadow invented a ground breaking undersaddle piezo pickup (called the “Shadow 1”) for acoustic and classical guitars. The 1970s saw further innovations from Shadow including the first endpin output jack for acoustic guitar and the first dual magnetic and piezo pickup system. During the late 1970s and early 1980s Shadow invented the first piezo bridge for electric guitars and the first active humbucker with a built-in equalizer. In 1987 Shadow began making electric guitars in Germany and released several guitar-to-midi converters and guitar synths. More recently, Shadow developed the NanoFlex transducer and NanoMAG magnetic pickup systems.

Reflex Pickups - Heart and Soul

Reflex Pickups - Heart and Soul advert 1988

Reflex Reds pickups were introduced in 1988 - they were premium active pickups made in the UK. They were sold in sets along with a separate "black box" preamp which is essential to their correct operation.

Shadow SH-075 guitar to midi convertor

Shadow SH 075 guitar to midi convertor advert

in the mid 1980s synthesizer music was hugely popular - think Harold Faltermeyer's Roland Jupiter-8 driven  "Axel F". This drove a period of innovation for dedicated guitar based synth controllers, like Synthaxe and Stepp - but also guitar to midi convertors like this Shadow SH-075. The SH-075 is a quick mount guitar-to-midi convertor - deisgned to attach to an electric guitar.

Boss ME-5 - the ultimate treatment with no side effects!

Boss ME-5 1988 ad

This Boss advert from 1988 features its groundbreaking multi-effects ME-5 unit. The Boss ME-5 is a versatile effect device that includes five different effects, each with its own footswitch. Each of these used circuits from 80s Japanese made Boss effects modules: the CS-2, DS-1, OD-2, RV-3, EQ-1, CE-1, DD-2, and BF-2. The incorporation of these classic (mostly analog) pedals into these ME-5 units is one reason why they are still sought after more than 30 years later.

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