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For the "80s Custom Legend" reissue, see 2681 (1995–1998).
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The 2681 is a Professional series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for around 1976 (possibly in 1975). It was made in Japan by FujiGen. It is a signature model created for Bob Weir of the American rock band Grateful Dead.

The 2681 features a carved ash top with German carve edges, abalone purfling and cream binding on a double-cutaway ash body mated to a set-in maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with binding and mother of pearl vine position markers which are continued on the large scroll headstock. Components include a pair of Super 70 humbucking pickups mounted in black pickup rings with individual volume and tone controls, a Tune-O-Matic style bridge and stop tailpiece, speed knobs with pointers and Smooth Tuner machine heads. At least one catalog mentions that the 2681 has a phase switch, but that was either an error in the catalog or a planned feature that never made it to production.

For 1977 the Gibraltar bridge with sustain block embedded in the body and the slotted Gibraltar tailpiece with scalloped "cloud" ornament were introduced, along with new Super 80 "Flying Finger" pickups, a bone and brass nut and VelveTune machine heads. For 1978 the knobs were replaced with Sure Grip knobs with rubber grip insert.

The 2680 is a similar model with a dot fretboard inlays. The 2617 is a related model with an Artist body shape with longer horns.

The 2681 was discontinued in 1980.


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Specifications for 2681 (1976–1980)
Model name: 2681
Year(s) offered: 1976–1980
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV) 1978–1979 / Brown Sunburst (BS) 1978 / Natural (NT)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Ash w/ carved solid ash top w/ abalone purfling and cream binding
Neck joint:
1976: Harmonic-o-matic fixed
1977–1980: Gibraltar (w/ sustain block)
1976: Stop
1977–1980: Gibraltar tailpiece
Knob style:
1976–1977: Speed (gold)
1978–1980: Sure Grip (black)
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Bob Weir
Neck material:
3-piece rock maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Mother of pearl vine
22 / jumbo
1976: Bone
1977–1980: Half & Half nut
Machine heads:
1976: Ibanez Smooth Tuner
1977–1980: Ibanez VelveTune
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
1976: Maxon Super 70 (H) gold cover
1977–1980: Super 80 (H) gold cover
Neck pickup:
1976: Maxon Super 70 (H) gold cover
1977–1980: Super 80 (H) gold cover
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


Additional finishes/ details
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Natural 1976
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Natural 1977
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Pickup switching
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Controls layout
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Maxon Super 70
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UK print ad (1978?)[1]
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  1. 1978 Bob Weir ad, Break-even.org, archived July 2002