Up for sale, a 1977 Ibanez Professional Series model 2680 Bob Weir Signature in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This unique, finely crafted Ibanez was produced at the Fujigen factory from 1976-80, featuring a pair of Maxon Super 80 “Flying Fingers” humbuckers, set neck construction and a German carved top. This early Weir model is also transitional in its feature set, retaining the stoptail and Harmonic-o-matic bridge from the model's introductory spec sheet, yet with the Super 80 pickups and Sure Grip knobs first seen on the model in '77.
Tonewoods include an ash body with a solid, carved ash top and a three-piece rock maple neck capped by an ebony fretboard. Weighing 10lbs 5oz, this guitar offers plenty of natural sustain and sonic authority with an immediate, glassy note attack. The Maxon Super 80 “Flying Fingers” humbuckers are among the most celebrated Japanese humbuckers ever created, designed in the vein of a classic PAF and perfect for everything from articulate cleans to harmonically complex overdriven leads. These pickups are sensitive to pick attack, with plenty of treble cut and clarity, wax potted for ideal feedback rejection in higher gain scenarios. This Ibanez has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece rock maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders in every register, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard has a 12” radius with abalone dot inlay and fret-edge binding on the jumbo fretwire. The frets are in great shape, with ample meat and well-rounded crowns, only showing a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16” in width, carved from bone. The uniquely shaped "scroll" headstock retains the original “Pat. Pend” Rotomatic-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The D77-prefix serial dates instrument production to April, 1977.
All of the electronics function as they should, with the “Flying Fingers” Maxon Super 80 humbuckers wired to the stock harness and governed by a three-way pickup selector switch with independent Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The pickups are stamped "Super 80" over the wax potting, and the six-digit Maxon stamps date to '77. The gold-plated hardware all has an even dusting of patina, including the “Flying Fingers"-embossed pickup covers, Harmonic-o-matic bridge, and scalloped cloud tailpiece. Plastics comprise the original quartet of Sure Grip knobs, which have ridged rubber grips for easy swells and on-the-fly adjustments.
The gloss Natural finish is framed on top by multi-ply cream binding, and the distinct German carve is unique to this Bob Weir signature and the associated Ibanez Professional Series models it inspired. Cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of nicks and dings on the body, largely relegated to the body perimeter and lower bout of the instrument, as well as a small area of buckle rash on the back at the belly contour and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. There is also deep ambering and some checking along the binding on the inside edges of the body horns. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a scant few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.
The original hardshell case with green plush interior is included.