Ibanez and Sam Ash Music
Ibanez is the guitar, bass, amplifiers, and effects manufacturing arm of Hoshino Gakki owned by the Hoshino family of Japan. The Hoshino family and the Ash family have had a long relationship even before Hoshino first began bringing Ibanez Guitars and Tama Drums into the U.S. In the very early days, Hoshino made proprietary instruments under several brand names for Sam Ash Music. In fact, under the direction of Mr. Yoshihiro (Joe) Hoshino, Hoshino Gakki helped with the development and manufacturing of many electronic products for Sam Ash companies. The Ashes and the Hoshinos have remained friends as well as business associates over many years.