Ibanez MC-5000 Limited Edition
© Maxproduction 2016


   This is an Ibanez guitar from the area of the great unknown.

Picture by Michael Kramer Berlin (C) 2015 Picture by Michael Kramer Berlin (C) 2015

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

Jerry Garcia.

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