IBANEZ GHOSTRIDER SERIES

Ibanez produced the Ghostriders between 1994-1996. They were double cutaway guitars but with scale-length, pickups configuration similar to the Gibson Les Paul. The Ghostriders were made in Korea by Samick (1994 - 1995) and then by Cort (in 1996 only). The 1994 Ibanez catalogue describes the Ghostrider (GR) series guitars like this:

"With its set-in neck and humbucking pickups, the Ghostrider is a descendent of the famous Ibanez Artist models of the late 1970s. The Ghostrider features a smaller, redesigned body and is made of alder (rather than mahogany) for lighter weight and comfort. The Ghostrider's neck also has the same width and 24.75 inch scale length as the Artist but its depth is slightly shallower.
The GR320 features a flat top with front and back body contours. The dynamic Infinity rear pickup is directly mounted to the bridge. This, combined with the set-in neck and alder body, offers a fat, round, robust tone with plenty of sustain.
The GR520's carved maple top ads extra brilliance to both its tone and appearance. A conventional adjustable bridge/tailpiece provides variable string tension. The GR520's impressive good looks are further augmented by beautiful block inlays and stunning sunburst finishes.
What category of player was the Ghostrider designed for? The no category player who wants humbuckers, a set-in neck and a fat chunky sound. With independent minded players like Shawn Lane, Alex Skolnick and Ministry's Al Jourgensen and Mike Scaccia amongst its enthusiastic users, a more diverse group be hard to imagine."

IBANEZ GR220

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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IBANEZ GR320

The Ibanez Ghostrider GR320 was made in 1994 only. The Ghostrider 320 had a double cutaway flat topped alder body with binding and a 22 fret mahogany neck with a bound rosewood fingerboard and pearl dot inlays. The bridge was a flat mounted Tele-style unit with strings through to the back of the guitar, also serving as the pickup mount for the bridge humbucker. The headstock had 3 a side tuners. Hardware was black with 2 Ibanez Inifinity humbucker pickups (3-position selector: front, back and both), volume and tone controls. It came in black or dark red colors.

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IBANEZ GR520

Production of the Ibanez GR520 (Ghost Rider 520) began in 1994 and ended in 1996. The GR520 was made in Korea by Samick (1994 - 1995) and then by Cort (in 1996 only). The Ibanez Ghostrider 520 is similar to the Ibanez GR-320 but has more expensive materials and hardware. It has a multiple bound alder (or mahogany) body and maple top, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with abalone/pearl split block inlays. Bridge is tune-o-matic style, with a stop tailpiece.

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsFinish effectsMade inBindingNumber of stringsScale length
IBANEZ GR220
1995 to 1996
black finish, blue finish, red finishtransparent finishKoreabody binding, neck binding6 strings24.75 inches scale-length
IBANEZ GR320
1994
black finish, red finish-Koreabody binding, neck binding6 strings24.75 inches scale-length
IBANEZ GR520
1994 to 1996
orange finishsunburst finishKoreabody binding, neck binding6 strings24.75 inches scale-length
ModelNumber of control knobsPickup selector controlsTone controlsVolume controls
IBANEZ GR220
1995 to 1996
2 control knobs3-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
IBANEZ GR320
1994
2 control knobs3-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
IBANEZ GR520
1994 to 1996
2 control knobs3-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
ModelPickups brand and modelPickups configuration
IBANEZ GR220
1995 to 1996
Ibanez GRP90 pickup(s)2 soapbar pickups
IBANEZ GR320
1994
Ibanez Infinity pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
IBANEZ GR520
1994 to 1996
Ibanez Infinity pickup(s)2 humbucker pickups
ModelBody materialBody shape featuresBody top material
IBANEZ GR220
1995 to 1996
alder bodycarved topmaple body top
IBANEZ GR320
1994
alder body--
IBANEZ GR520
1994 to 1996
alder body, mahogany bodycarved topmaple body top
ModelBridgeHardware colorTailpiece
IBANEZ GR220
1995 to 1996
tune-o-matic bridgechrome hardwarestop tailpiece
IBANEZ GR320
1994
Ibanez HB Flat Mount bridge--
IBANEZ GR520
1994 to 1996
tune-o-matic bridgegold hardwarestop tailpiece
ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
IBANEZ GR220
1995 to 1996
pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
IBANEZ GR320
1994
abalone fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
IBANEZ GR520
1994 to 1996
abalone fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers
ModelNeck jointNeck materialNumber of fretsTuner layoutPeghead (headstock)
IBANEZ GR220
1995 to 1996
set neckmahogany neck22 fretthree-each-side-
IBANEZ GR320
1994
set neckmahogany neck22 fretthree-each-side-
IBANEZ GR520
1994 to 1996
set neckmahogany neck22 fretthree-each-sidebound headstock