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The LR10 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1982. It is a signature model for American jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour. It is made in Japan by FujiGen.

Lee Ritenour's relationship with Ibanez began with the development of the 2630/ AS200 in the late 1970s with which Ritenour was involved along with Jay Graydon. Ritenour and Graydon each had treasured Gibson ES335s which they lent to that development effort for use as a "north star" in the design. A few years later, Ibanez approached Ritenour about producing a signature guitar which became the LR10. The LR10 is somewhat similar to the AS200 Ritenour helped design.

The LR10 features a semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with a flamed maple top with ƒ holes and ivory multi-binding on flamed maple back and sides with a hard rock maple center block mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and abalone dot position markers. Removable foam blocks are inserted in the hollow chambers of the body under the ƒ holes to prevent feedback while still allowing the instrument's acoustic character to ring through. Components include a pair of custom humbucking pickups with chrome covers and individual volume and tone controls, ivory pickup rings, a custom Tune-o-matic style bridge (stamped "Made in Germany"), a Quik Change tailpiece, a solid brass nut, a black pickguard, Sure Grip knobs, and VelveTune tuning machines.

For 1983 the Sure Grip knobs were replaced with the new Sure Grip II, the Quik Change tailpiece gave way to the new Quik Change II and the new VelveTune II tuners replaced the original VelveTune. For 1985 the fretboard species was changed to jacaranda and the VelveTune IIs were replaced by the new Smooth Tuner machine heads. For 1986 the bridge was replaced with the Gibraltar II.

The serial numbering system for the LR10 differs from the standard system used by FujiGen at the time. The system for these guitars appears to be LYPPPPY, where "L" presumably stands for Lee (Ritenour), the first and last digit together represent the year of production and the four digits between them are the production sequence for that year. This alternate serial number strategy is not widely known, which means that most LR10 owners (and sellers) believe their guitar were built in either December 1980 (in the case the number starts with "L80") or December 1981 (in the case of "L81"). In fact, no LR10s were produced before 1982.

The LR10 was discontinued after 1986.

Specifications

Specifications for LR10
Year(s) produced: 1982–1986
Sold in: Europe / Japan / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Top:

  Material: Flamed maple
  Binding: Ivory multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
1982–1985: LR10 special (perhaps Schaller?)
1986: Gibraltar II
Tailpiece:
1982: Quik Change
1983–1986: Quik Change II
Pickguard:
Black bakelite
Knob style:
1982: Sure Grip (gold)
1983–1986: Sure Grip II (gold)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
LR10
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
1982–1984: Brazilian rosewood w/ ivory binding
1985–1986: Jacaranda w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Abalone dot
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Brass (43mm)
Machine heads:
1982–1984: VelveTune or VelveTune II
1985–1986: Smooth Tuner II
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez LR Special (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez LR Special (H)
Controls:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" stereo box (face mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.013/.016/.022/.032/.042/.052
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional details
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Pickup switching
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Control layout
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Side view

Sources

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