Ibanez LGB30 George Benson Signature - Natural

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Flamed Maple Back and Sides, 3-pc Mahogany/Maple Neck, Bound Ebony Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Natural
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Premium Jazz Box Tone

The Ibanez LGB30 hollowbody electric guitar came about when the guitar maker and jazz/R&B legend George Benson got together to create a more affordable version of his popular signature model. The result was better than either of them could have anticipated, and we think you'll agree as soon as you pick one up. You don't even need to plug it in to experience how good the LGB30 sounds or how smooth it plays. The spruce-topped maple body and its smooth, bound-ebony fingerboard come together to give you incredible sound and feel. When you plug in the Ibanez LGB30, you won't believe what a gem you've found.

Ibanez LGB30 Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Super 58 Custom humbucking pickups deliver smooth tone and rugged texture
  • Flamed maple topped with spruce delivers rich sound and great looks
  • Smooth-playing ebony fretboard with binding and fret-edge treatment
Super 58 Custom humbucking pickups deliver smooth tone and rugged texture

Early hollowbody electric guitars had wonderfully expressive tone. To capture that timeless sound, Ibanez developed the Super 58 Custom pickup. This special humbucker preserves your LGB30 hollowbody guitar's punch but ditches the 60Hz hum that came with vintage models. Your sound will be rich and full, but with the clarity that makes the guitar more versatile than its looks would let on. What's more, the Super 58 humbucker gives the LGB30 a touch of grit that's perfect for bluesy licks.

Flamed maple topped with spruce delivers rich sound and great looks

Flamed maple and spruce, a favorite pairing of tonewoods around Sweetwater, come together beautifully on this LGB30 hollowbody guitar. While the maple construction of the back and sides ensures your notes will ring out with great clarity, the spruce adds the warmth and nuance that is required when playing demanding music such as jazz. And of course the figured maple looks absolutely stunning. You'll love the robust tone the LGB30 is capable of!

Smooth-playing ebony fretboard with binding and fret-edge treatment

One thing that sets the Ibanez LGB30 apart from other hollowbodies at this price is its bound ebony fretboard, complete with Ibanez's Artstar fret-edge treatment. The bound ebony fingerboard adds an elegant look while also enhancing tone and playability. The frets are rounded at the edges to complete the smooth feel. If you play it without looking at the price tag, you may think the LGB30 would cost much more than it does.

Ibanez LGB30 Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • A premium jazz box based on George Benson's custom Ibanez hollowbody
  • Flamed maple body topped with spruce looks fantastic and provides bright and balanced tone
  • Ultra-stable 3-piece mahogany and maple set neck delivers maximum stability
  • Bound ebony fretboard with Artstar fret-edge treatment plays like butter
  • Dual Super 58 Custom pickups provide timeless humbucker tone with the perfect hint of grit
  • Bone nut and custom tailpiece deliver sweet tone with lingering sustain
  • Dressed in gold hardware and outfitted with flatwound strings
  • Hardshell case included
Get the smooth jazz box tone you've always wanted with this Ibanez LGB30 guitar.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape Singlecut
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Flame Maple
Top Material Spruce
Color Natural
Neck Material 3-pc Mahogany/Maple
Neck Shape LGB30
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Acrylic/Abalone
Number of Frets 20
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece ART-1
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Super 58 Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Super 58 Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle switch
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number LGB30NT

Customer Reviews

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Awesome Hollowbody

Craftsmanship is absolutely flawless, and the flame maple is gorgeous! Playability and sound are superb! Sounds great for jazz, blues and rock. When played through a tube amp, you can get really good growl as well as some nice feedback "when you want it." This guitar looks and sounds like it would cost considerably more, worth every cent!
Music background: Professional musician

Satisfied customer

The product and service were excellent!
Music background: Guitarist, singer,songwriter

LGB 30

On recommendation from a close friend, I chose Sweetwater for the purchase of my LGB 30. I was NOT disappointed ! Kudos to the Staff for outstanding service ! The guitar arrived overnight, and within 30 minutes, Sweetwater called to make sure it had arrived safely. I switched the TOM Bridge to the Wood Bridge (included), tuned the guitar, and was very pleased with the set-up and tone right from the get-go. As I have an AF105F and AG100, I am amazed at the consistency of the Ibanez necks which are nearly identical and easy to play with my small hands. I also fingerpick, and find the neck width very comfortable and accommodating to some of those difficult jazz chords. The quality of the construction of this instrument is impeccable from the fret treatment to the binding of the F Holes. It responds well acoustically, but is even more responsive when plugged in. Its size, like the other Ibanez hollowbodies, is extremely comfortable, whether standing or sitting. I highly recommend !
Music background: Retired Music Teacher

Excellent value & great for fingerpicking

I am a classical guitar player by training, and have taken a recent interest in jazz chord melodies. This archtop is exceptionally well constructed and extremely playable. The pickguard is a bit high for fingerpicking, so I have removed it. That leaves two small screw holes, but no big deal.The flatwounds sound great, The quality of the fretboard is exceptional, and I am finding this the easiest to play guitar I've owned. So for a classical or acoustic fingerpicker, I don't think you can find a better guitar for anywhere near the price. It sounds great amplified, but is a bit quiet unamplified. That's ok - sometimes it's nice to be able to play quietly in the wee hours. The tone is good, just rather quiet.Sweetwater did a great job of shipping, and the guitar arrived in 2 days, The pickguard screw had shaken lose in shipping, but since I ended up removing the pickguard anyway, no big deal. Sweetwater had some nice touches - a phone call immediately upon order, followed by an email with pictures and the serial number of my guitar, followed by a shipping notice email. The guitar is properly setup and needs no adjustments.
Music background: Classical player for 15 years
See also: Hollowbodies, Ibanez, Ibanez Hollowbody Guitars