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    Default Ibanez Mandolin what is it?

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    inside label says --

    ANCIENNE (LOGO) MAISON

    FONDEE * FN1881


    MANUFACTURERS & EXPORTERS
    OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

    IBANEZ
    MANDOLIN

    LA PLUS GRANDE ET MODERNE
    FABRIQUE EN JAPON

    No. 505 [/CENTER]


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    Default Re: Ibanez Mandolin what is it?

    It is a bowl back mandolin made for the Ibanez company in Japan. I am guesstimating it dates from the 1960's or 70's. Given the French on the label it was probably intended for export to France or an other French speaking country. Most Ibanez instruments are of at least decent quality with some electric guitars and basses being very good. That said bowl back mandolins are not very popular right now and Japanese ones are not at all sought after. Price range is tricky as the condition looks good and it has some fancier details but I wouldn't expect it to go for much over $200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevin View Post
    It is a bowl back mandolin made for the Ibanez company in Japan. I am guesstimating it dates from the 1960's or 70's. Given the French on the label it was probably intended for export to France or an other French speaking country. Most Ibanez instruments are of at least decent quality with some electric guitars and basses being very good. That said bowl back mandolins are not very popular right now and Japanese ones are not at all sought after. Price range is tricky as the condition looks good and it has some fancier details but I wouldn't expect it to go for much over $200.
    Thank you for taking the time to respond, Nevin!

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    I can’t be sure but I suspect that it might be older than that. This site http://s93105080.onlinehome.us/Ibanez-Catalogs/ has a list of catalogues from the 70s and it’s certainly older than the bowl backs from 1976.

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    Ray, I'm pretty sure it's been around my house,(my parent's house), since the 50's. My grandpop played mandolin, tenor banjo and the bagpipes. It may predate ME! Thank you very much for giving me that info.

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    It looks like the company first used the "Ibanez" name in 1957. I wasn't able to find information on when they carried bowl back mandolins.

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    The auction does have one similar for about 40 to 60 bucks USA.

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