This Ibanez R-400 “Ragtime Special” is a solid spruce top/solid mahogany acoustic with full 24-fret (yes, two-octaves on the two strings) fretboard, and styling very reminiscent of Django Reinhardt’s Maccaferri Selmer acoustic. The compact body size – 15″ lower bout and 4″ body depth, together with the mahogany body contribute to a bright, responsive and well-balanced voice – perfect for Ragtime and Gypsy Jazz styles.
Built in Japan in 1982, the guitar shows excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail, with deep cutaway, attractive sound hole ‘grande bouche’ overlay, and multiple binding around the top, back and headstock. Quality Ibanez-branded Gotoh tuners, a dark Rosewood fretboard and Ebony bridge top off the appointments. The original frets are 90%, and neck set is good. Overall, this well-cared-for one owner guitar is a pleasure to play, and great value too.