This is a nice example of a rare Left Handed version of a "Lawsuit" Ibanez 2350 Les Paul Custom. This mid 70's model features an Arched Birch top with a Mahogany body, Hard Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, an open book Gibson style headstock and is pre-serial numbers. Alnico 8 Super 70 pickups were fitted however the bridge pickup has been replaced. A Tune-O-Matic style bridge with stop tailpiece were also fitted.
This guitar is in very good shape, there are small "nicks and marks" about the body, some belt rash, no pickguard, although it was fitted with one originally, hence there are screw holes that once secured it. The non-original bridge pickup sounds great, and the case shows wear.
Many Japanese-copied “lawsuit era” guitars under names like Greco, Aria, Tokai, and Ibanez have taken on an almost cult-like status today among many guitar collectors.In the early 1970s, American guitar manufacturers were experiencing a decline in production quality while more Japanese built guitars were showing up in the American market. By the mid-‘70s, these Japanese guitars consisted of mostly blatant copies of popular American designs and the quality was much better than people wanted to admit. In 1977, Gibson sued the Elger Company (the distributor of Ibanez instruments in the U.S. at the time) and demanded they stop producing copies of their instruments, specifically their headstocks. Japanese-built guitars that are copies of American designs before the Gibson lawsuit are commonly referred to as “lawsuit era” guitars today.
If you play left-handed, and are looking for a guitar with an interesting backround, at a very fair price point, look no further !