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I assume that the serial number means number 2487 made in 1980 so it may be no help. What you have is probably not a standard issue, but one of those made after people guitars...
Additionally, it has a stamp stating that it is made in Korea. I think your dads' guitar is a MTM2 (Mic K Thompson from Slipknot). Please post me a picture of it and then I will be able to totally find out what it is, not just narrow it down.
: D Mich Thompson is a rather new style guitar with bar EMG pickups... Also, the Mick Thompson has a giant "Seven" plastered across the neck. And to top it all off, the Mick Thompson's head is very different as well.
The Apex series of guitar is 7 string, so obviously not my guitar. But now for some pictures : It does look a bit moody, is that the original colour? The serial number, being the stick on kind, does look to be in better condition than the rest of the guitar, by my reckoning it should look a bit shabbier.
My favorite ts808 , nicknamed 'west' ( 127743 ) has the no-malaysia chip . Please note that except for the chip, there are no differences in components or workmanship.
I propose a and believe I put all my knowledge and ear in it, as well as an extended gain range in both senses (from clean to more distortion) and I have added a CASCADE switch mode that mimes the sound of two ts808 put in series a la SRV .
The usually safe-bet Guitar Dater Project says it was made in Japan? Also there is only a volume knob on mine, while the 340 has volume and tone. I'm close to giving up, I have spent many hours researching this, and still have no idea what it is, besides ibanez with 2 humbuckers and a single volume knob.
I am beginning to think that it is just a modified guitar, a mutt among ibanez.
An Ibanez Tube Screamer is an overdrive/distortion pedal that is mild compared to many, but allows the true sound of the guitar and player's technique to come through.
The most popular use of a tube screamer is to push a tube amp to make it overdrive more, but they sound good through almost anything.
The same internet/ collectors buzz have lead to consider (r) pedals ( this refers to the registrated sign near the Ibanez logo) more collectible than their non-(r) equivalent , certainly because r pedals are older. A pic of the inside of the non-r in the 164000-series : As time passes , we get closer to the specs of the ts9, which was to be produced just a year later, 1982 .