Here is a vintage 1976 Ibanez Model “2671 S” Professional electric guitar. This extremely early production, pre serial number, pre-lawsuit, example is in near mint 100% all original condition! Commonly referred to as the Randy Scruggs model, this particular earlier variant is in fact quite different, as it features; abalone/celluloid parallelogram/block inlays instead of the later tree-of-life style, single-ply binding as opposed to the abalone-bound top, as well as, several other appointment-based cosmetic differences. Some suggest this very rare model was produced for a short time in 1975 only, the total production of which was actually so short-lived that it was never featured in an Ibanez catalog. The fact that I could not locate this version within the ’75 or ’76 catalog seems to verify this claim, and further propagates the general mystique and rarity of this model.
-Carved solid Ash top with Ash body
-Hard laminated maple neck with adjustable truss rod
-Polished Ebony fingerboard with Abalone parallelograms inscribed within a celluloid block inlay (an inlay pattern that was later used on the Artist, Rocket Roll as well as other unrelated models)
-Early single-cutaway body design
-Super 70 “anti-hum” humbucking pickups with script Ibanez covers
-earlier embellished stop tailpiece instead of the larger triangular plate
-Inlay-Art peghead profiles without the inlay
Used by the likes of Steve Miller, Bob Weir, and Randy Scruggs, the Ibanez Professional series has since become synonymous with incredibly high-quality MIJ guitars. Representing the finest original designs that the Japanese craftsmen could create, the production of the Professional series signified the departure from original blatant copies of well-known American models, and the transition into manufacturing completely original masterpieces.
Clearly, this guitar is amongst the upper echelon of the Professional series line, and while it doesn’t feature the fancier appointments, it was actually produced prior to the introduction of those features. It works perfectly, sounds amazing, and looks extremely crisp. With only the most superficial of playing wear on the back of the body, most would consider this guitar near mint. Aside from hardly visible playing wear on the back, the gold hardware reveals expected oxidation.