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Mandolins currently produced in Korea, Japan, and/or China since 2004. Previously produced in Japan and/or Korea between the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Distributed in the U.S. by Ibanez USA (Hoshino) in Bensalem, PA.
For Ibanez's full history, see the Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars or Blue Book of Electric Guitars.
In 1965, Ibanez introduced their first mandolin, but it was only produced for a few months. After the Ibanez line became stable in the U.S., they introduced a full line of mandolins and other bluegrass instruments. These instruments were mainly copies of Gibson's popular A-style and F-style mandolins that came in a variety of wood configurations and appointments. In 1979, the entire line was revamped and produced through approximately 1982/83. Ibanez's line went without a mandolin until 2004, when a new line of mandolins was introduced. For more information, visit Ibanez's website or contact them directly. Sources: Michael Wright, Guitar Stories, Volume One, Paul Specht, Michael Wright, et.al. Ibanez - The Untold Story, and ibanezmandolin.com.

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