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The GB30th is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2008. It is a signature model for American jazz guitarist George Benson commemorating the 30th anniversary of his relationship with the brand. It was made in Japan.

The GB30th is based on Benson's original GB10 model, but has a unique gold foil finish inspired by the Japanese foil craft of garahuku and special fretboard inlays. It 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 special pearl anniversary 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 SV2009SC has a similar garahaku finish.

Only thirty GB30th examples were produced and production was completed in 2009. At an MSRP of $13,333.32, the GB30th is among the most expensive guitars Ibanez has ever produced.

Specifications

Specifications for GB30th
Year(s) produced: 2008–2009
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Garahaku gold foil
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 (10.4mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
GB10
Pickguard:
Tortoise
Knob style:
Sure Grip II
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
GB10
Neck material:
3-piece maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl anniversary special
Frets:
22 / medium SBB213-175 (Prestige edge treatment)
Nut:
Half-bone/ half-brass (43mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh 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 details
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls GB10
Control layout

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