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I think it's a GAX70?
redneckgymrat
#1 Posted : 8/18/2016 11:41:22 PM

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Yesterday, on a trip into town, I stumbled onto this guitar. Seems to be in good shape, and if I'm not mistaken it's a gax70. Ibanez, from a quick web search, seems to be a well respected brand and even their lower end models seem well reviewed.

And it sure is pretty.

Tried the serial number decoder site, but it doesn't accept the number. Has me a bit worried, but I can't imagine a lower end guitar model being faked. It has "Made in Korea" stamped on the back, just below the serial number.

https://imgur.com/a/Og11W

I got it so cheaply that I bought it on a literal whim. Doesn't really matter if it's authentic or not, since I don't yet know how to play, but I'd hate to think I got a fake. Regardless, it'll be a fun instrument on which to learn. I'll be hooking it to an amp tonight and confirming that everything works.

Might this be the beginning of my descent into madness?

Oh, and hello! First time poster. Glad to be here!
Bill@Ibanez
#2 Posted : 8/19/2016 12:54:30 PM
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This definitely looks like an original Ibanez and not a fake. The serial number does check out as a Korean serial number from 2003. IT looks like you've got an AX120 in a transparent Red color. This catalog shows this model in a different color:
http://www.ibanez.com/an...hp?cat_id=263&now=4

Have fun learning and hopefully it is all working! If it isn't coming through the amp, it shouldn't be a huge problem to have someone rewire/fix it to get it playing again.

Cool find!
-Bill
redneckgymrat
#3 Posted : 8/19/2016 4:35:33 PM

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Well, I wasn't going to go wrong for the purchase price. Talked the guy down to $40. And, other than a few negligible dings on one edge, the condition seems excellent, especially considering that you identified it as a model from 2003. Even well cared for, that many years will result in a tiny bit of wear.

Didn't get a chance to test it last night. I'll do it ASAP. Kind of excited, now.

And if it has a wiring issue, I'm pretty good with such things. I'll just pull out the soldering iron and go for it. Doesn't look that complex.
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#4 Posted : 8/20/2016 3:52:03 AM

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Plugged her into my cheap, crappy amp...and she works!

Not only that, but she sounds clear and bright.

Next step, get a decent headphone amp or similar, and learn to play her.

This is gonna be fun!!!
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#5 Posted : 8/20/2016 7:42:09 PM
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Originally Posted by: redneckgymrat Go to Quoted Post
...if I'm not mistaken it's a gax70.


It's not a GAX70. It's an AX120. The GAX70 looks very similar but has a TOM bridge and a stop tailpiece rather than the one piece hard tail bridge on the guitar in the picture you provided.




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#6 Posted : 8/28/2016 2:42:08 AM

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Well thank you for the information! I really appreciate it.

Got a tuner on order, waiting for the mail now.
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