The arched top allows for added comfort while playing the guitar.
The newer Ibanez models began incorporating more modern elements into their design such as radical body shapes, slimmer necks, 2-octave fingerboards, slim pointed headstocks, higher-output electronics, humbucker/single-coil/humbucker (H/S/H) pickup configurations, locking tremolo bridges and different finishes. Custom series are the most exclusive and high-end custom shop guitars Ibanez offers.
They are "Envisioned to be the finest Japanese-made guitar in history".
Cimar and Starfield were guitar and bass brands owned by Hoshino Gakki.
In the 1970s, Hoshino Gakki and Kanda Shokai shared some guitar designs, and so some Ibanez and Greco guitars have the same features.
Hoshino was producing their original Artist models from 1974, introducing a set-neck model in 1975.