Later, he was contacted by Hoshino to form a closer business relationship.
The first entry level solid body guitars featuring original designs first surfaced in the mid-1960s, some bearing the Elger trademark, and some bearing the Ibanez logo.
To understand why a lot of people get confused about the issue of whether a guitar is "made by Ibanez" or "made at the Ibanez factory" we have to look at the relationship between Hoshino, Fujigen, and "Ibanez". (Yes, it's confusing because even Hoshino refers to themselves as "Ibanez" in their modern advertisements.) There is no "Ibanez" company or factory.
By the mid-‘70s, these Japanese guitars consisted of mostly blatant copies of popular American designs and the quality was much better than people wanted to admit.
The Ibanez trademark originated from the Fuji plant in Matsumoto, Japan. factory began producing instruments under the Ibanez trademark.
Other distribution offices include Quebec (for Canada), Sydney (for Australia), and Auckland (for New Zealand).
Elger acoustics were produced in Ardmore, Pennsylvania between 19.
In the 1960s, Rosenbloom travelled to Japan and found a number of companies that he contracted to produce the Elger acoustics.
The serial number on the neck plate is K7709XX and as far as I know, it is all original except for the missing pickup cover.