Here's a funny subject.

You know how you can see words for years and not be sure how to pronounce them because you've never actually heard anyone SAY them? Well, I just realized I've never actually heard anyone pronounce the name of two guitars.

The first is the Epiphone. I actually heard someone pronounce it a couple of weeks ago, and they said, "Ep-i-phone." Sorry, no "schwa" (the upside-down "e" used in phonetic spellings) available on the keyboard, so just substitute that for the unaccented "i" in the second syllable. I had always assumed it was "E-pif-i-nee." A word that means "sudden insight." But the other pronunciation is probably correct.

The second is Ibanez. Anyone care to suggest the correct pronunciation so I don't embarass myself somewhere?

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Hey, I like that rubbish punchline!

Teisco is almost certainly "tays-co."

Ibanez IS a Spanish name. Although the details are a little dodgy, the Ibanez family built guitars for Hoshino before the Spanish Civil War. During the war, the factory (and the family) disappeared in what has been described as a "fairly messy worker uprising." So the Ibanez workers got to experience a preview of what has gone on continually since then: Their jobs all went to Japan. It's not clear if Hoshino bought or just continued to use the name Ibanez, but I'm sure somewhere along the line they paid something to someone somewhere just to avoid future paper-engorged meetings in courtrooms around the world.

mrblanche wrote:

I live in Texas, by the way. .

is that Texas in Paris?

Are we there yet?

glw wrote:
Also, why do Motörhead have that umlaut over the second letter o like that?

Probably a Gimmick

is that Texas in Paris?

Are we there yet?

There IS a Paris in Texas. As well as an Iraan (yes, that's spelled correctly), Reno, Italy, etc. When you settle an area pretty quickly, names tend to be descriptive or derivative.

I, personally, live in Cedar Hill. It's the highest spot between the Red River and the Gulf of Mexico in eastern Texas. If you listen to radio or watch TV in the DFW Metroplex (a name that drives most non-Texans up the wall), the signal came from Cedar Hill.

But we DO have names to determine if someone is from Texas:

Rio Vista.

Only natives or long-time residents will get them right, since many defy logic or phonics.

Just got my Ibanez SA160 from UPS. Love it.

This deserves total congrats for the barmiest thread, only in the New Year :D (I'm enjoying this, sorry Lee).

The "Ibanez" thing does all add up as you say, Blanche, and it would be "Eebahnyez" in Spanish and "Eebahnyez" in Japanese (AFAIK) but I'll just be a Philistine and call them "Eyebunez" as before.

I reckon we think "Tays-coh" because of our background in Romance languages, Blanche. In English or Japanese, there's no reason for it. Bing's coming back into the argument... "You say eevther, I say eyevther, you say neevther, I say neyevther" Let's call the whole thing off.

As for the umlaut, well it does look German and metal and hard but, I'll give them the benefit. The umlaut turns an "o" from hot into hurt, so I suppose it's "Moturhead" for people who need phonics to pronounce words of three syllables. Not that I'm suggesting that people with pork-chop sideburns who habitually stick their heads in stage monitor bins have trouble with three-syllable words. (Don't flame me, I love Motorhead :lol: )

I reviewed a band called "Tin Gods" who had an umlaut over the "o". I asked them if it meant "Tin Goods" and was a satirical comment on shopping as the new religion (typically arsey journo question). They looked at me like I was a typically arsey journo type and explained that they'd run out of the normal "o" letter on the Letraset sheet when they were knocking up the posters :oops:

Anyhoo, we've done "Ibanez". What about Tokai and Greco?

My money's on "Tok-eye" and "Greh-ckoh"


Oddly enough, this subject has come up a number of times on various Ibanez forums. The feeling is that "ee-bahn-yeth" is correct...but no one uses it. That last "th," by the way, is voiced, as in "this," rather than unvoiced as in "with."

Well would you, really? I do most of my guitar shopping in Leeds...theres no way I'd ask took look at an "ee-bahn-yeth". It's more a case of
"Can a look a t'Ibe-nez' mate"

I've never liked them enough to ever need to ask that question.

Well, it's kind of hypothetical as I play bass and have no money!


I do realise the exact details of broad Yorkshire may be wasted on a Texan, sorry mrblanche.

I live near a town which is regarded as the centre of the Pennines, a range of hills down the middle of the UK, I once had an American stop outside my house and ask the way to the 'Pee-9' sener. I managed to keep a straight face and sent him East, which technically speaking is correct.

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