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The GB10 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1977. It is a signature model for American jazz guitarist George Benson. It is made in Japan.

The GB10 was Ibanez's first hollow body artist signature guitar. It is the longest running guitar model in the company's history. It debuted in Chicago, Illinois on June 11, 1977.[1]

The GB10 features a smallish, single cutaway, full hollow body design with a spruce top with ƒ holes and multi-layer binding and maple back and sides mated to a set-in three-piece maple neck with a large headstock and a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with binding and pearl/acrylic and abalone split block position markers. Components include dual, floating Ibanez GB special humbucking pickups with individual volume and tone controls; a height-adjustable ebony bridge with special adjustable split trapeze tailpiece; a bone and brass nut; and a tortoise pickguard.

Early examples had 21 frets; the change to 22 frets occurred in 1979.

The GB15 is a similar model without the bridge pickup. The GB100 is a related model with a ½" thicker flamed maple body and different fretboard inlays. The GB20 is a related model with a larger (though slightly thinner) body and a single pickup. The GB200 is a related model with a slightly larger body, a maple and mahogany neck and non-floating Super 58 pickups.

Several other special variations on the GB10 have been introduced over the forty plus years it's been in production. These include the Chinese-made GB10SE introduced in 2016.

Specifications

Specifications for GB10
Year(s) produced: 1977–2020
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Brown Sunburst (BS) / Natural (NT)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 479mm / 18⅞"
  Width: 375mm / 14¾"
  Depth: 86mm / 3⅜"
Top:

  Material: Spruce
  Binding: Multi-layer cream/black

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Ebony w/ ebony saddle (10.4mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
GB10 original
Pickguard:
Tortoise
Knob style:
1977–1980: Speed
1981–1982: Sure Grip
1983–2011: Sure Grip II
2012–2020: Sure Grip III
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
GB10
Neck material:
3-piece maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Acrylic/pearl and abalone split block
Frets:
1977–1978: 21
1979–2020: 22 / medium (Prestige edge treatment)
Nut:
Half & Half bone/brass (43mm)
Machine heads:
1977–1982: Ibanez VelveTune
1983–1984: Ibanez VelveTune II
1985–1987: Ibanez Smooth Tuner II
1988–2020: Gotoh SG38/SG381
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez GB special bridge (H) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez GB special neck (H) passive/alnico
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
Output jack:
¼" stereo box
String gauge (factory):
.011/.015/.022w/.030/.040/.050 flatwound
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
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Natural
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls GB10
Control layout
1994 GB10-GB100 parts-list
Parts list (1994)[2]
GB10-GB100-GB5 size-comparison
Size comparison between, GB10 (top), GB100 (middle) and GB5 (bottom)

Sources

  1. 2006 North America catalog, page 51
  2. 1994 parts catalog (page 23)
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