This SR model represents an authentic reproduction of the renowned American Master series from the late 80’s and early 90’s. As such, the team opted to include a little history while naming this axe, “Dale,” for the latter half of Glendale, California, where Master Luthier, Tak Hosono’s shop was located at the time, and it was the place many of the originals were built. The LA team sought to carry forward the key characteristics and historical elements of this acclaimed line in the form of a top-flight, hand-built bass guitar. Like its American Master predecessors, this bass is imbued with the same refinements and attention to detail as any instrument originating from the legendary LA Custom Shop. In fact, some of the most unique elements of this bass are the finest details, like the custom-made wooden truss rod cover at the neck joint. The neck joint is made of the same woods as the neck block, enhancing a smooth, seamless look. The American Master SR4 utilizes a vintage SR shape, rather than the more rounded contemporary style, adding to the nostalgic vibe of this exceptional bass.
DYNAMICS IN THE DETAILS
It’s a small detail, but the custom truss rod cover is made from the same neck woods as the bass itself, a design which blends seamlessly into the overall appearance of the instrument. This point of detail goes a long way towards maintaining a consistent aesthetic and enhancing the overall custom quality of this SR.
AN AUTHENTIC HOMAGE
Neck-thru construction paired with a Maple / Purpleheart neck and center block was a key combination at the core of the American Master series, and this design element has been reincorporated into the special reissue. This combination not only maintains a true and authentic representation of the original series, but provides a clean and classic look to the back of the bass.
A FULLY FAMILIAR FEEL
This bass utilizes a vintage SR body design, rather than the more rounded, contemporary shape. The front and back of the body are flat, and the bass features a conventional forearm and belly cut, making the American Master SR4 especially comfortable for those more accustomed to traditional bass bodies and their relief cuts.
LOS ANGELES CUSTOM SHOP
Legendary Collaborations Realized
Renowned for the exhilarating custom instruments they produce, the Los Angeles Custom Shop enjoys a legendary, almost mythical status among the Ibanez faithful. Whether building for George Benson, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Nita Strauss or any number of other high-profile Ibanez endorsers, the LA Custom Shop is responsible for creating some of the most iconic guitars known to musicians and fans all over the world. Instruments from this shop have always been highly coveted but never made available to the public, until now! The LA team, led by Master Luthier Tak Hosono, conceptualized and manufactured 20 highly customized, one-off models in celebration of Hoshino USA’s 50th anniversary. Each instrument draws inspiration from past Ibanez designs, while also reimagining them with today’s sounds and players in mind. The brilliant skill and craftsmanship of this shop is normally dedicated solely to realizing the creative visions of our endorsers, but now, the playing public will be afforded the opportunity to own a piece of Ibanez history, an original Ibanez Los Angeles Custom Shop guitar.