The year was 1987.
I was just a kid at my nearest music store, Marion Music, in Marion OH.
I stopped in with my dad to get strings and dad wanted a D or C key harmonica.
In 1987, smoking at the music store was commonplace.
We walked in, and the Ibanez sales rep and the store employees were putting out these "new" guitars that they just picked up....
In front of me on the walls and on the floor lied more RG 550's, 770's, and Jem's than I can ever remember seeing in one place anytime thereafter.....
The sales rep was a nasty old chainsmoker in a suit that look like he had slept in it for a week....I heard him tell the staff in this local mom and pop store.
"You mark my words ....in 5 years, the only guitar companies left will be Fender & Ibanez."
Well....I don't know if that happened....but Ibanez were pretty damn popular for awhile....BECAUSE.....they mastered the art of artist endorsements before anyone else did.
Anyway....with that said...... if you have a Ibanez, and you aren't ashamed...... post some pics !!