just found this great forum this evening when I was looking for some vintage Ibanez guitars I'm lacking - especially a AR 500 AV or CS.
To introduce myself: My name is Klaus, I'm located in Bavaria, Germany and I'm a Deadhead since I saw the Dead for the first time in german TV when they did their Europe trip in '72.
At that time I was at the age of 13. So now I'm 51 and still addicted to the Dead.
I saw the Dead several times - but as it is gone forever it was much to less:
1980 in NYC
1980 Jerry Garcia Band in San Francisco (I was travelling/hitch hiking all over the US from April 1980 to September 1980)
1981 in Munich
1990 in Berlin
Like many guys around here I'm not only listening to music, I'm also playing an instrument - guitar. But I can't sing
Several years ago I was playing in bands with different styles, mostly Rock, Blues, some Reggae but always self composed stuff, many pieces were Dead influenced, some even covers of dead tunes.
Now I mainly play at home for myself but I im thinking about setting up a band again, just for fun, maybe doing some gigs, if we're good enough and people want to hear it.
I own several electric guitars some of them 30 years old or more. But last year I saw a beautiful Ibanez 2861 NT RE '94 at eBay -the Bob Weir Model - I already was dreaming of in the 80ths and NOW I got it.
Two months later came a 2680 AV from 1978 in almost great condition. The PU's were not original but I managed to get two Flying Fingers PUs from a guy in the US. I also replaced the worn out bridge and tailpiece with brand new origninal parts for the AR 300 RE / AR 5000 RE (YES they fit!!!) which you can buy at the local german Ibanez distributor (for a price whwre you can get a whole Epiphone LP
And now the 2680 is in a perfect condition and playing like hell - for me and my abilities.
Some months later, a Ibanez Musician MC 300 AV from 1979 and a MC 500 AV from 1980 joined the team. Both have som dings & dongs but are in great condition compared to their age.
My other guitars are:
- The Heritage Semi Acoustic (More or less identical to the Gibson 335)
- Self built Strat from 1983 with Neck through Body
- Oakland ZX1200 (also Neck throuh body), the affordable alternative to an Ibanez AR or MC 500 in 1981, also with active electronics and a really great and versatile guitar. But in direct comarision to the Ibanez, I know why it was much cheaper
- Fender Telecaster Sunburst American from 1994
- Ibanez Roadstar 225 from 1984
- Höfner Model 164 Colorama from 1962 (The early Beatles used to play that model) in almost perfect condition since it was refurbished at Hoefner, Germany in the original factory some years ago. I know the guys owning Hoefner since 1982. There I also bought the raw body from my Strat '83
Ok, folks, that's all to tell at the moment.