Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ibanez LR10 Lee Ritenour Model Revisited

Way back in 2015, I was given the opportunity to photograph local guitar legend Bani's 1980 Ibanez LR10. I did not have the chance to take a look inside, however. Well, as luck would have it, Bani recently sent me the LR10 for hardware/electronics servicing, fingerboard cleanup, a string change, setup, lots of TLC and "whatever you think needs to be done." So now I've got a whole lotta pics for your viewing pleasure.

In my humble opinion, the wiring and electronics are stock, and no one has ever taken a soldering iron to this baby since it left the factory. I'm impressed by the lengths Ibanez went to in order to shield and insulate electronic components inside the LR10. However, I'm a tad disappointed to discover that the much-touted "LR Special" humbuckers are actually Super 58s stamped with a "Z" on the bottom plate. Well, it could be that Ibanez simply repurposed ready stock of Super 58 bottom plates for the LR Specials, and stamped the "Z" so they could tell them apart. Who knows?