The Greco versions were sold in Japan and the Ibanez versions were sold outside Japan.From 1982, Ibanez guitars have also been sold in Japan as well.
The Ibanez brand name dates back to 1929 when Hoshino Gakki began importing Salvador Ibáñez guitars from Spain.
After Telésforo Julve bought the company in 1933, Hoshino Gakki decided in 1935 to make Spanish-style acoustic guitars, at first using the "Ibanez Salvador" brand name, and later simply "Ibanez." and Fuji Gen Gakki guitar factories to manufacture Ibanez guitars, and after the Teisco guitar factory (Teisco String Instrument, Company) once closed down in 1969/1970, Hoshino Gakki used the Fuji Gen Gakki guitar factory to make most Ibanez guitars.
The newer Ibanez models began incorporating more modern elements into their design such as radical body shapes, slimmer necks, 2-octave fingerboards, slim pointed headstocks, higher-output electronics, humbucker/single-coil/humbucker (H/S/H) pickup configurations, locking tremolo bridges and different finishes. Custom series are the most exclusive and high-end custom shop guitars Ibanez offers.
They are "Envisioned to be the finest Japanese-made guitar in history".
The Ibanez RGA was introduced at a time when the Ibanez RG series only had tremolo bridges.
Since then, the RG series has introduced fixed bridge models, but Ibanez still produces the RGA series with an arched top to differentiate from the RG series.
CSL was a brand name managed by Charles Summerfield Ltd England.
Maurice Summerfield of the Charles Summerfield Ltd company contributed some design ideas to Hoshino Gakki and also imported Ibanez and CSL guitars into the UK from 1964 to 1987.
In the 1960s, Japanese guitar makers started to mainly copy American guitar designs, and Ibanez-branded copies of Gibson, Fender and Rickenbacker models started to appear. During this period, Ibanez produced guitars under the Mann name to avoid authorities in the United States and Canada.
Hoshino Gakki introduced Ibanez models that were definitely not copies of the Gibson or Fender designs, such as the Iceman and the Roadstar series.
It also features an extra deep scoop cut on the lower horn for easy high fret access.