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April 07, 2016 01:38 PM

Ikebe Gakki Opens IkeBECK Tokyo

IkeBECK-exteriorIkebe Gakki, one of the largest music retailers in Tokyo, celebrated opening of a live spot/nightclub, ‘Player’s Club IkeBECK’, in Akihabara, on March 1 inviting a host of industry guests.

Mr.-IkebeIt’s located on the 1st floor of former Studio Revole Part 2, at just a minute walk from Showa Dori Exit of Japan Railways Akihabara Station, and adjacent to Ikebe Revole Akihabara Store. (photo left: Haruhiko Ikebe)

The waitng room of the Revole studio now turned into a luxury bar, and the attached 86 sq. meter space prevously used as a live spot was refurbished to a venue where guests can enjoy live music and drinks.

Wall-guitarsA spacious wall fully equipped with 80 vintage guitars made in Japan including such legendary Teisco, Guyatone, Yamaha and Greco models is really exciting and eye-catching for the guitar fans of the time. The bar section also has guitars with autograph by name musicians. (photo left: 80 Japanese vintage guitars are decorated on the wall.)

The live space is decorated with some quite interesting items for rock music fans from a bar counter made of wood used for guitar to a door handle made by a neck specially built for Gibson guitar. (photo below right: Door handle made of Gibson guitar neck)door-knob

IkeBECKHaruhiko Ikebe, president of Ikebe Gakki, said, “Our target is seasoned musicians who actively enjoyed gigs from 1920s to 1940s. They grew up and stayed away from guitar and playing in bands. But now, they share time with pals again, socializing and enjoying music playing. We are pleased to offer this special place for those once experienced pleasure of making music. They can enjoy live music watching vintage guitars on the wall and remember good old days, or they can enjoy session play on stage themselves. I hope IkeBECK serves as a relaxing spot for every music fan.” (photo above left: Bar counter)

IkeBECK stands for a combination of his name, and an advertisement headline of the company promoting the new Jeff Beck models unveiled 35 years ago.

Ikebe also plans to refurbish studios on the 2nd and 3rd floors soon to be new style socializing spots for music practice, live performance, and enjoying nightlife with drinks.

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