Dating ibanez performer
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[he didn't get far, Iain, I'd like to get those catalogs back sometime ;)] US Catalogs 1978 1981 1983 1983/84 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 '88 USAC 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Supplements 1990 USAC Order Form 1992 1993 1997 J Custom Japan Y2K 90th Hardware 1994 Parts Edge Diagram Edge Manual Lo Pro Diagram Backstop 1 Backstop 2 VLX91 Instruction Manuals 1986 Many more coming.
It`s very hard to find any informations about performer. That serial number indicates a Korean guitar made in 1994.
I heard that Korean guitars are not so goos as Japanese.
The truss rod cover, bridge and tuners don't look correct for a late '70s Performer.
Ibanez j.custom guitars are manufactured by an elite group of highly skilled luthiers trained to produce instruments of uncompromised quality.
Maybe they reissued the Performers in Europe or Asia around 1994?
I don't know what to tell you about this anomoly. The Japanese Performers were made for the european market way into the 80's (I think I remember a Japanese serial number with an '83)That series seems to have been way more popular "over there" as there were many non US variants like a PF 155, PF350 etc which-I believe -were for the european market.
I took another look at this guitar and also noticed that the headstock logo is the old script type. I feel those guitars are more expensive over here than in the US though.
Sometime in mid '78, the Performer series underwent a in-line revamp with the following changes.. I guess because the demand is about equal but more guitars are available across the Atlantic.