’74 Ibanez 2399 DX

Acquired from Andy’s in Denmark Street, London, in a moment of madness after a very long, liquid lunch with my old boss in about ’78. Like the Gibson L5S folly of which it is a copy, it’s very, very heavy, but is generally well built. A nice touch is the sunburst running over the rear control cavity cover.


The exception is the pickups, which are gold foil over plastic and sound really thin. I never liked it, so thought I’d ask Kevin Aram to convert it to fretless after hearing a Phil Catherine & Larry Coryell album with some great fretless guitar work on it. The result is a useful instrument with a beautiful ebony board, but also one that these days gets the Ibanez collectors’ backs up. Hey ho.

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