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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 by FujiGen except for a brief period in the late 1980s when production was moved to Terada.

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 at the NAMM Show in Atlanta, Georgia 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.

The design inspiration for the GB10 was to create an arched-top, hollow-bodied guitar with the lines of a Gibson Les Paul crossed with a Gibson Johnny Smith signature model. Hoshino USA designer Jeff Hasselberg traced copies of each of those guitars and designed a shape that split the difference between the two. That initial sketch was the basis for the GB10 model.[2]

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. The GBSP10 is a related model introduced in mid-2022 with flamed maple top, back and sides; a special ebony bridge; and inlaid tailpiece.

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 for GB10
Model name: GB10
Year(s) offered: 1977–2022
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Brown Sunburst (BS) / Natural (NT)
Body type:
Hollow body
  Length: 479mm / 18⅞"
  Width: 375mm / 14¾"
  Depth: 86mm / 3⅜"

  Material: Spruce
  Binding: Multi-layer cream/black


  Material: Maple

Neck joint:
Ebony w/ ebony saddle (10.4mm string spacing)
GB10 original
Knob style:
1977–1980: Speed
1981–1982: Sure Grip
1983–2011: Sure Grip II
2012–2022: Sure Grip III
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Neck material:
3-piece maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Acrylic/pearl and abalone split block
1977–1978: 21
1979–2022: 22 / medium (Prestige edge treatment)
Half & Half bone/brass (43mm)
Machine heads:
1977–1982: Ibanez VelveTune
1983–1984: Ibanez VelveTune II
1985–1987: Ibanez Smooth Tuner II
1988–2022: Gotoh SG38/SG381
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez GB special bridge (H) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez GB special neck (H) passive/alnico
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector
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.)


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Brown Sunburst (2019)
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Natural (2019)
Additional details
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Pickup switching
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Control layout
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Parts list (1994)[3]
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Size comparison between, GB10 (top), GB100 (middle) and GB5 (bottom)
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Review of the GB10 from a British guitar magazine