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The GB40th is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2017. It is a signature model for American jazz guitarist George Benson which is a limited model commemorating the 40th anniversary of Benson's first signature Ibanez. It was made in Japan by FujiGen.

The GB40th features a smallish, single cutaway, full hollow body design with a flamed maple top with ƒ holes and multi-layer binding on flamed 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 decorative 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; a flamed maple pickguard and Gotoh tuning machines with pearloid buttons.

The GB40thII is another, less expensive 40th anniversary model with several differences. The GB10 is a related production model with a spruce top on a maple back and sides and split block fretboard inlays.

Specifications

Specifications for GB40th
Year(s) produced: 2017
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Natural (NT)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 479mm / 18⅞"
  Width: 375mm / 14¾"
  Depth: 86mm / 3⅜"
Top:

  Material: Flamed maple
  Binding: Multi-layer cream/black

Back/sides:

  Material: Flamed maple

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Ebony (10.4mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
GB10 w/ special GB40th wood cover
Pickguard:
Flamed maple
Knob style:
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:
GB40th special
Frets:
22 / medium (Prestige edge treatment)
Nut:
Half-bone/ half-brass (43mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 w/ pearloid buttons
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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