Ibanez George Benson GB-10
Hollowbody / Production 1977 to current day.
The Ibanez George Benson signature model of 1977 was a real wake up call for American guitar makers who thought that Japanese guitar companies could never win over a top American guitarist.
George Benson had been very well known as a versatile Jazz player since the 1960’s. In 1976, the track “This Masquerade” changed him from a great guitarist to a great singer who could play guitar well. The track went to number 1 on the pop, Jazz and R&B charts.
By the 1970’s, Ibanez has a gained a reputation for making better quality copies of American guitars then the American makers were making, but the George Benson signature model helped establish Ibanez as a maker with its own designs.
The GB-10 body was smaller then the typical Gibson archtop of 14.75 inches, rather than 16 inches. The cutaway slit the difference between a traditional rounded shape and the pointed horn of Gibson’s ES-175. Through the years, Ibanez has offered seven different George Benson guitars, and the GB-10 is the longest running model.