NGD 1981 Ibanez AR300

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  1. 21stcsm

    21stcsm Senior Member

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    Just arrived today! I don't need to tell people how great Fujigen is. My first "real" guitar was a 1980 Ibanez AS200 I bought in 1985. This is another example of the great Artist series.

    The Super 58 pickups deliver. Action is low... guitar is HEAVY. This is some serious wood. The great ebony fretboard reminds me a lot of the AS200. Dual Tri Tone switches add a bunch of options.

    Clean, it has that bright warm upper mid thing that Super 58's do. If you've heard them before you know what I am talking about. And when you add gain, this thing is just made for AC/DC and stuff like that.

    Pictures do not do it justice.


    MOP/Abalone inlays are pure class.
    Unlike my AS200, this has a (brass?) zero fret adjacent to the conventional nut. Seems to do its job. I'm neutral on zero frets. I have a couple of Gretsches that have them. I know Setzer hates them, but I'm fine with them

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  2. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Oh, that's pretty. Brings back memories of standing in front of a San Luis Obispo pawnshop, gazing at an AR400 in the display window around that same era, priced beyond my teenaged reach.

    Play it in good health and make it sing. :thumbs:
     
  3. Whoopysnorp

    Whoopysnorp Senior Member

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    That is killer. My dad has an '81 AR100 and it's one of the all-around best guitars I've ever played. Aside from a bit of microphonics, even the stock V2 pickups are impressive.
     
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    Congrats. I'm a huge fan of the artists of that area. Unbelievably good guitars.
     
  5. 21stcsm

    21stcsm Senior Member

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    1981 AR100 comes with V2s? I could easily be wrong but I thought all the AR and AS came with 58s or 70s depending on year. Mine definitely has Super 58s. Earlier models had Flying Fingers
     
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    Whoopysnorp Senior Member

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    I think the super 58s/70s were in the higher-end models. It seems like there was some variation depending on year, but there is some corroboration out there for the notion that V2s were stock in the AR100.
     
  7. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Senior Member

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    That's a great looking guitar.

    Congrats.

    I finally joined the vintage Ibanez guitar family 2 yrs. ago.

    I found an AR-50 in a pawnshop .

    The guitars plays great and the Super 70 pickups sound really good.

    The only downside to this guitar is the weight.

    This baby is heavy as heck.

    Other than the weight, it's a killer guitar.
     
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    brokentoeswalker Senior Member

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    Congrats !! These are superb guitars. I always wanted a vintage artist like yours but i found a great deal on a 1997 Ibanez AR-700 Artist, and at 7.63 Lbs i couldn't resist. Easily one of my best guitars.

    Enjoy !!
     
  9. Walt_T

    Walt_T Senior Member

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    Beautiful guitar! That's not a zero fret, it's a combination nut. Enjoy!
     
  10. 21stcsm

    21stcsm Senior Member

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    Cool. The more you know...
     
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    yup combo Brass/Bone Nut
    great git 4 sure
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    guidothepimmp Senior Member

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    beautiful. great great guitars
     
  13. fleahead

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    Here's my prototype 2618 from the 1975 Chicago NAMM show. 0306160831a.jpg
     
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    Still have it?
     
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    Duane_the_tub Senior Member

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    Awesome guitar. I played one at my local Guitar Center a while back, while I was in there killing time and basically trying out anything they'd let me take down off their used wall. Just blew me away.

    Congrats!
     
  16. SouthpawGuy

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    Congrats ! As mentioned that's a half and half nut .. bone and brass.

    I have an '81 AR300 myself, left handed of course, it's my heaviest guitar.

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  17. carydad

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    Love those suckers.
     
  18. 21stcsm

    21stcsm Senior Member

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    Bitchen Camaro!!

    the wood has that aged patina look that old lacquer acquires... but the metal looks almost new

    btw, I really like the wood they used on these... the flame top is subtle and gorgeous. while not being ostentatious.

    I sound like a wine reviewer " a modest domestic with a hint of impunity"
     
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    I sold it like a dumb a$$ and a couple of years later found out that the guy tried to rout the area under the bridge to make a sustain block like later models. Then traded it for a theramin. Broke my heart and to date, the finest antique violin finish ever. The pic doesn't do any justice to it. It did have a tradional LP style neck/body joint
     
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    Great guitar. Always wanted one. Ibanez drew a line in the sand with those, seeking to prove the ability to match any American maker's design, fit, and finish, and they succeeded. It's only our collective tendency to stick with existing shapes that kept those from taking over. Great!
     

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