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Amplifiers and speaker cabinets currently produced in Japan, China, and/or Korea . Distributed by Ibanez U.S.A. in Bensalem, PA.
The Ibanez trademark goes way back to 1932. They have been producing guitars for several years and they have been widely available in the U.S. since the 1960s. For more information on acoustic guitars, refer to the Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars. For more information on electric guitars, refer to the Blue Book of Electric Guitars.
Hoshino U.S.A. had tried amplifiers before they introduced the Ibanez line in the late 1990s. The first amps distributed by Hoshino were the IBZ brand that were made in Japan during the early 1980s. In the mid-1980s, Hoshino started distributing the Sundown brand, which were made in the U.S.A. In the mid-to late 1990s, Hoshino became the distributor of Laney amps that were primarily made in Britain. None of these brands ever took off with any success. Jon Romanowski decided to introduce a full line of Ibanez-branded amps that were to be built overseas. They started with small amps (Ibanez had been producing the IBZ amps in their JumpStart packages prior to 1998) and eventually moved up to larger models. In 2005, they introduced their first tube amplifier. For more information, visit Ibanez's website or contact them directly. Information courtesy, Paul Specth, Michael Wright, Jim Donahue, and Pat Lefferts of Ibanez: The Untold Story.

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