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The 2469 is a solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1975. It was made in Japan by FujiGen. This idiosyncratic body shape is known as the Futura.

The 2469 features a swoopy, pointy body modeled on the Gibson Moderne design. This may be the first Moderne-style guitar put into production, since it's never been firmly established that Gibson's design from the 1950s was produced; it was certainly the first to be produced in significant numbers.

It has a solid ash (or Japanese sen) body mated to a set-in 3-ply maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot position markers. Components include a Tune-o-matic style fixed bridge, stop tailpiece, a pair of Ibanez Super 70 humbucking pickups with gold covers mounted in black pickup rings, a white pickguard, top hat style knobs, and Smooth Tuner "Star" machine heads. The output jack is mounted on the inside of the lower (treble) wing. Initial versions had headstocks in Gibson's trademark "open book" style while later iterations sported "Guild" shaped headstocks.

This guitar is part of the legendary Korina Trio along with the 2459 "Korina Destroyer" and the 2387CT "Rocket Roll Sr."[1] which were copies of Gibson's trio of "modernistic" designs from the 1950s. While those earlier Gibson guitars were made of African limba wood (also known as korina), the exact species of wood used for the Ibanez trio has been much debated — the catalogs say "solid ash", some marketing materials claimed they were "African korina" and some experts insist they were made of Japanese sen, which has a grain structure similar to ash. In any event the translucent "African Korina" finish gave them a yellowish hue which was quite similar to Gibson's originals.[2]

The 2469 was discontinued in 1977 as Ibanez was phasing out production of copies of guitars from other manufacturers in favor of their own designs.

Specifications

Specifications for 2469
Model name: 2469
Year(s) produced: 1975–1977
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): African Korina
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Selected solid ash
Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Tune-o-matic style fixed
Tailpiece:
Stop
Pickguard:
White/ black/ white or White/ black/ white/ black
Knob style:
Top hat (gold)
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
2469
Neck material:
3-piece maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearloid dot
Frets:
22
Machine heads:
Smooth Tuner Star
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 70 gold cover (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 70 gold cover (H)
Controls:
Two volumes / master tone / 3-way toggle pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)
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Images

Additional details
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Pickup switching
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Control layout
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Magazine ad for the "Korina Trio"

Sources

  1. Specht, Paul; Wright, Michael; Donahue, Jim (2005). Ibanez : the Untold Story. Bensalem, Penn.: Hoshino (U.S.A.), p. 73, ISBN 0976427702
  2. Mosely, Willie G.; Ibanez Destroyer: Odd Retro Nod; April 2007; Vintage Guitar; archived from the original September 2015
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