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Ibanez IC500

The year was 1994 and Ibanez deemed the time right to import the Iceman line of guitars again in the United States. (*) Production of the original series of Iceman was halted in 1982 as sales dwindled and guitar fans were caught up in “superstrat” mania. The 1982 Ibanez catalog offered but two models of the Iceman, the low end IC50 in blue and the high end IC400 in cherry sunburst.

For 1994 Ibanez had two models again. Following where they left off, the new for 1994 models were the IC500 and for the first time ever, an Iceman bass was offered, the ICB500. These were not featured in the Ibanez catalog and may have been sold to test the waters before a full scale re-introduction was implemented. Also, these are unusual models and differ from the “normal” line of Iceman guitars that came in 1995 and after. They feature wider, more decorative binding around the body, black hardware and glued-necks – but not with the smooth neck-heel that the PS10 Icemen have. Serial numbers indicate they were made in Japan. Starting in 1995, regular Iceman production moved to Korea, including the PS10 models. So the 1994’s are easy to distinguish from other models.

ICB500 – Bass

Here are photos of the ICB500 that I own. At one time I also had a ICB300 (from 1996) so I took pictures of them side-by-side to compare and exhibit the differences. The ICB500 has these things that the ICB300 does not. A slightly smaller body (indicating that it was manufactured to be sold in Asia), glued-neck painted black, black hardware and truss rod cover, different control knobs, pickup selector switch and wider, more ornate binding. Also the strap button is not in the same place.

IC500 – Guitar

Here are photos of the IC500 model. Just like the bass above, this was a one year only model and differs greatly from the models that followed it. The IC500 has these things that the 1995 and up models do not. A slightly smaller body (indicating that it was manufactured to be sold in Asia), glued-neck painted black, abalone dot inlays, black hardware, different control knobs and wider, more ornate binding. Also the strap button is not in the same place.

Ibanez Ice Man

The Ibanez Ice Man  is an Ibanez guitar produced by Hoshino Gakki. Hoshino Gakki exported copies of American electric and acoustic guitars in the 1950s, and by the mid 1970s the Ibanez guitars had reached a level of quality comparable to American guitars. Lower labor rates at the time, plus efficient manufacturing meant that Ibanez guitars could be sold for almost half (or less) of the cost of a Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster.

In the mid 1970s Hoshino Gakki wanted to make a distinctly Japanese guitar and to start breaking away from the Ibanez replicas of Fender and Gibson models. The idea was to build a guitar with an appealing original design, like a Les Paul or Stratocaster. A meeting between Hoshino (Ibanez), Kanda Shokai (Greco) and one of the main guitar factories in Japan (FujiGen) resulted in the Iceman/Mirage design. Each distribution company had distribution rights to it in different global markets. Hoshino Gakki (Ibanez) had the rights outside of Japan and Kanda Shokai (Greco) had the rights for Japan.

The Ibanez model was originally named the Artist 2663. The name “Iceman” came later. The Greco model was named the Mirage and they are basically the same except for the pickup types that were used. Super 2000, Triple Coil and V2 pickups were used for the Ibanez Iceman, depending on the model number. Greco Dry and DiMarzio Super II pickups were used for the Greco Mirage. Body wood, pickups and neck joint construction varied with the Iceman/Mirage model price. The original Ibanez Artist/Iceman production was from 1975 to 1982/1983 with different models having set neck and bolt-on necks.

Ibanez Iceman Black

Description of the Ibanez ICT700 Iceman

With the advent of the X series, Ibanez reintroduced non-traditional guitar shapes back into the mix. These off the wall shapes stand out in a crowd, but they are also excellent examples of form meeting function. The ICT700 is great for hard rock, where thick tones are literally beaten out of the guitar.
Neck-Thru Construction

Neck-thru construction on the ICT700 provides massive sustain and playing comfort.
Gibraltar Custom Bridge & DiMarzio® D Activator™ Pickups

The ICT700 comes standard with a massive milled brass version of the Gibraltar bridge and DiMarzio® D Activator™ Pickups.
Specifications of the Ibanez ICT700 Iceman
Neck Type    5pc Wizard II Maple/Walnut neck-thru
Body    Mahogany wing body
Frets    Jumbo fret
Bridge    Gibraltar Custom bridge
Neck Pickup    DiMarzio D Activator (H) neck pu
Bridge Pickup    DiMarzio D Activator (H) bridge pu
Hardware Colour    Black
Available Finishes    Black
White
Neck Dimensions     Scale    648mm/25.5″
Width at Nut    43mm
Width at Last Fret    56mm (at 21 F)
Thickness at 1st    19mm
Thickness at 12th    21mm
Radius    400mm

Ibanez Iceman Guitars

The Iceman is an Ibanez guitar produced by Hoshino Gakki. Hoshino Gakki exported copies of American electric and acoustic guitars in the 1950s, and by the mid 1970s the Ibanez guitars had reached a level of quality comparable to American guitars. Lower labor rates at the time, plus efficient manufacturing meant that Ibanez guitars could be sold for almost half (or less) of the cost of a Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster.

In the mid 1970s Hoshino Gakki wanted to make a distinctly Japanese guitar and to start breaking away from the Ibanez replicas of Fender and Gibson models. The idea was to build a guitar with an appealing original design, like a Les Paul or Stratocaster. A meeting between Hoshino (Ibanez), Kanda Shokai (Greco) and one of the main guitar factories in Japan (FujiGen) resulted in the Iceman/Mirage design. Each distribution company had distribution rights to it in different global markets. Hoshino Gakki (Ibanez) had the rights outside of Japan and Kanda Shokai (Greco) had the rights for Japan.

Ibanez Iceman IC 300

’90’s Ibanez IC 300 Iceman 100% original with hard case

Hi and thanks for clicking. This is a real nice mid-nineties Ibanez IC 300 Iceman with non original hard case. Everything else on this guitar is 100% all original. This was in good shape when I got it, so I cleaned it up a little and added a fresh set of 10 guage strings. It set up wonderfully with no problems whatsoever. This piece intonates and frets beautifully all up and down the neck. Perfectly balanced and plays like a dream, very comfortable whether standing or seated.

I like the way the binding and pickup rings have aged and yellowed a bit but the pickguard and truss rod cover have stayed the same. That gives it a real vintage vibe. There’s a few small dents and dings here and there (adds character!), nothing major the camera would pick up except for the paint chip down on the butt near the controls (last image). This of course in no way affects the tone or playability of this fine instrument but should be mentioned.

All in all, a great sounding, beautiful guitar that should last several lifetimes! Plays wonderfully! Sounds amazing! SATISFACTION GUARANTEED!!! Winner add $34.99 INSURED SHIPPING inside the lower 48. International rates may vary. If you have less than 5 feedback please contact me prior to bidding or your bid will be canceled. Shipping to some countries may be cost-prohibitive due to size restrictions. Email for shipping quote. Check out the Supersize pics and email with any questions. I can take more pics if you need them just send your email address and what (in particular) you’d like to see.

Ibanez Iceman IC 350

You are looking at a 1994-95 Ibanez Iceman IC-350 model guitar in EXCELLENT condition. This is a pretty rare find – an Iceman with a licensed Floyd Rose (Ibanez) tremolo factory installed. Along with the
tremolo, the guitar is equipped with a locking nut.

You don’t see these for sale very often. This particular guitar is in excellent condition cosmetically, and aside from needing new strings and a tune-up, it plays very nicely.  There are no apparent chips, scratches or blemishes in the finish. It was very well cared for.

Non-factory items include straplocks (and a strap) and an EMG pickup in the bridge position, and transparent “skull” volume/tone knobs.

The reason I have this listed as 94/95 is – the IC-350 was only issued during the 1995 model year. It was no longer available in the 1996 catalog. But the serial number (starting with C4) indicates it was manufactured in 94. My best guess is – this was made in late 94 for the 95 catalog year. I do not doubt the authenticity of this information, as the serial number / model number decal is lacquered to the back of the headstock.

I am listing this as an auction with no reserve – so bid to win. This is an unusual model, and from what I have seen, it is quite rare.

Iceman IC300

 

With 2 Axis humbuckers and a Full Tune II bridge, it’s capable of doing serious sonic damage.

Features: My bandmate bought this guitar a year ago when we played together in a band, and I’ve loved it ever since. To shorten the story up, the band broke up, he became a blus player, bought a semi-hollow and has been trying to sell this wonderfull guitar. He claimed it sounded too heavy. The guitar has a mahogany body, for warm tones, chrome harware, natural sunburst finish, and a a bolt on neck. A fitted hardshell case sosts $130 more.

Sound: The tone is wonderfull, it fits my style perfectly. I’m in a screamo/thrash band (think Dillenger Escape Plan meets Hawthorne Heights and Shadows Fall) and the tone distorts really well. The mahogany body gives it a warm tone, and the AH 1 and 2 pickups refine that sound into something very versatile. When distorted, the pickups have a very defined, cutting tone, and clean they have a very punchy feel to them. The bridge pickup is perfect for rock or metal styled music, with lots of lows, a little midrange punch, and lots of sizzling highs. The bridge is not muddy in the least. Both pickups are very quiet.

Action, Fit & Finish: I have no idea how the guitar was set up from the factory. I do know that the action can be set very low without fret buzz. My friend thought he had the action low, but when he saw what I had done with it he said “I didn’t know any guitar could have action that low.” The intonation is also very very good. My only complaint is that the strap button located on the back, in between the neck bolts, was set too far down, causing it too point straight down when you let go of it. On the other hand, this lets you play the guitar at any angle, I slung down my strap and even played it straight up once.

Reliability & Durability: So far, between me and him, it has only been damaged onceit’s built like a tank. The one thing that did damage it was a 3-5 foot fall straight down onto the neck, causing a small crack (1-2 inches) going up behind the first fret. The crack isn’t even all that deep. This guitar would definitely withstand live playing. The strap buttons are small, the look like they were made to be replaced with strap locks, which I have not done yet. Surprisingly though, it has not fell off of the strap yet, and that’s something with the way I act when I play. I would use this guitar without a backup any day.

Impression: This guitar fits my body perfectly, another plus. I run this guitar through different amp modelers (PODs and V-AMPs) and old tube amps, and the tone is crushing. I’ve been playing for over a year (yeah I know what you’re thinking, but trust me, I know my stuff, my entire life is guitar) and this is by far the best guitar I’ve owned, and I’ve owned many. I usually wind up Trading Y guitars for other guitars from friends, or local bands, but this one’s a keeper. In tone and reliability I would compare this to a Gibson Explorer, or SG, it just has that wild, yet solid tone. My only complaint is I wish the toggle Switch was on the lower part, near the volume, I always hit the swith, and I don’t want to tape it and possibly mark the finish. If stolen I would either buy this guitar, or save up some more money and buy the IC400 with the set-in neck.