This is an Ibanez guitar from the area of the great unknown.
The guitar shown here is an absolute rarity, if not unique.
There is not a lot of information about this
guitar. I’ve tried to shed some light on it and
this is what I found out until today.
In the late 1970s Ibanez stopped unarrested
copying guitars and began to build their own
guitars. To come along with this, you can well
say, that the foundation for the Musician series
was laid in the end of 1977.
At this time, Ibanez has built three special
guitars initiated by Bob Weir from Greatful Dead
in collaboration with Jeff Hasselberger. The
guitars have been built with special electrical
specifikations for Jerry Garcia and were
presented at the NAMM Show 1978 in Atlanta.
Unfortunately Jerry found, that the guitars were
too heavy for playing them for hours on stage
and so the guitars never had their big show with
There are always instruments that emerged as design studies or special models off the mass production and emerge even today, with significantly stand out from other models in the series. In the Musician series are these the MC-3000 and MC-5000