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This guitar belongs to my brother in law. His Mom gave it to him around 1980 or so.

Gibson-ish headstock though not angled.

Bigsby style trem, only works to raise tuning.

"Zero" fret

Bolt on neck

Single coil pickups

Floating tune-o-matic style bridge plastic bridge pieces.

two volume two tone and 3-way switch.

Made In Japan imprinted on the neck mounting plate.

No other manufacturers marks

Reminds me of a Gibson ES or Gretch Country Gentleman from the '60's.

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More detailed pictures at My Webpage

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That sounds a lot like my late 60's Apollo brand Rickenbacker copy.

Mine has:

-Ric-ish headstock though not angled.

-Bigsby style trem, only works to raise tuning.

-Bolt-On neck. From the picture yours looks quite similar to mine, which has real pearl block inlay, bound FB, very narrow width at headstock.

-Floating tune-o-matic style bridge plastic bridge pieces, (rollers, actually, with 3 grooves on each one to accomodate different string spacing)

-Two volume two tone and 3-way switch.

-"Made In Japan" imprinted on the neck mounting plate.

The strangest feature is the unique neck joint, which has an overhang from the back of the neck that acts as a false heel, and avoids the awkward transition from neck to body that you normally get with a bolt-on.

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Weezerboy is right. Have a look at the old Ibanez logo here:

http://www.ibanezcollectors.com/discus/mes...html?1097247784

What you have here is an old Ibanez!

Regarding the "bigsby" and only being able to use the trem for up bending:

In the pictures it look like the spring is missing. There should be a spring between the "hinged" part that holdes the arm and the rest of the tremolo. Also the arm looks like it resting on the pickguard and it is not supposed to do that. You can get one of those springs for nothing as a spare part. How does it play? And sound?

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