Up for sale, a 1978 Ibanez Performer PF300BK electric guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A rare deluxe model produced at the renowned Fujigen factory in Japan only from 1978-1979, the PF300BK is emblematic of the finely crafted guitars pioneered by Ibanez in the ‘70s. The PF300BK's tonewood compliment includes a bookmatched flame maple top, mahogany body, maple neck, and bound ebonized rosewood fretboard.
The guitar is loaded with its original pair of Super 70 PAF-style humbuckers, metering at roughly 8k ohms with a singing, dynamic character, rich harmonic content, and plenty of treble cut and clarity. Whether you want a bit of snarl and snap in the bridge position or a thick, articulate sound at the neck, this guitar does it with aplomb. And with the three-way Tri-Sound switch for the neck pickup, the sonic range of this model is astounding, offering the humbucking coils in series and parallel, as well as coil tapped for single coil operation. This Performer weighs 9lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C shaped profile with modest shoulder, feeling fast and easily navigable in every register, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The bound ebonized rosewood fretboard features pearl block inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with faint uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-2, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the original bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The bound headstock features the Ibanez logo and unique Performer series inlays, and the gold star tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The J78-prefix serial number translates to October of 1978.
On the body, the electronics all function as intended, and both humbuckers have Super 70-embossed baseplates with six digit stamps denoting Maxon production in 1978. The Tri-Sound three-way toggle functions as follows: 1. Coils in series 2. Single coil operation 3. Coils in parallel. Each humbucker has its own dedicated Volume and Tone controls, and the pickups are coupled to a three-way toggle selector. The guitar features the original gold hardware including the Gibraltar bridge and Quik Change tailpiece, with light patina on the hardware particularly on the tuners and bass side of the bridge. The stock Sure Grip knobs retain the grippy rubber gaskets for exacting on-the-fly adjustments, and the original tortoise pickguard is intact. The gloss transparent Black finish reveals tight flame figuring on the bookmatched maple top, handsomely framed by multi-ply cream binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to light scuffing in the pick path, a finish chip on the back bass-side body edge, with lesser marks and scuffs mostly relegated to the lower bout of the body, along with a couple isolated spots of finish checking. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
The original hardshell case is included.