Dating a guild guitar
All of its guitars are built by various manufacturers around the world.
Currently, Ibanez brand guitars are sourced from factories in China, Indonesia, Korea, and Japan (and possibly other countries I don't know about).
I have been playing, collecting, repairing and analyzing vintage Ibanez (and other MIJ guitars) for over 30 years, and I am often asked this question.
The reason I get asked it is because many people who are selling an old guitar without the Ibanez brand on it put something to this effect in their ad: So, if you have found this article because you are considering buying a cool old guitar, the information I have presented below should help you avoid paying more for a guitar than it is actually worth, or finding out later, when you go to sell it, that it really isn't an Ibanez at all.
Loosely defined (and coming into more popular use on sites such as e Bay and Craigslist) a "lawsuit" guitar is ANY old guitar made outside of the USA that is a copy of a popular US-made guitar.
Some brands known to have come out of the Matsumoku factory: Here's a quick way to tell if you have a Matsumoku factory guitar (whether branded or not).Fujigen is known to have produced guitars with these brands during the 1970s: And, there are obviously many more.To confuse matters more, Kanda Shokai (the Greco brand owner) entered into a contract with Fender and Fujigen to produce the first of the "Joint Venture" Squier stratocasters and telecasters, beginning in 1982. The result is that people get confused about WHERE a guitar was made and WHO it was made for.The use of "lawsuit" in an ad is usually backed up with an explanation that "[INSERT MIJ BRAND HERE] was sued by [INSERT US BRAND HERE] to stop production because the MIJ copies were better than the US versions". subsidiary at the time, "Elger") was the only company actually sued by an American guitar maker over its designs.But the fact of the matter is that there was just ONE lawsuit ever brought by an American guitar builder against a foreign distributor or builder during the 1970s. The suit was brought in 1977 by Norlin (the then maker of Gibson guitars) and the suit focused narrowly on Hoshino's use of Gibson-style, "open book" headstocks.