NGD 1981 Ibanez AR300

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  1. fleahead

    fleahead Senior Member

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    Their hardware was THE best. And intelligent. And yeah, workmanship was stellar. Gibson paled in comparison.
     
  2. 21stcsm

    21stcsm Senior Member

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    and unlike many guitars "inspired" by the Les Paul, it has a totally unique headstock shape (vs one slightly modified to avoid gibson's wrath) and I prefer it.
     
  3. BadPenguin

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    Hey 21, beautiful beastie! congratulations, but a little clarification here.
    NOT Fuji Gen Gakki made. Made by Terada, who built MOST of their electrics up to 85/87.
    I have an 81 AR100 that was heavily modified, but still is a killer guitar with all original parts. And it came with the V2's. (Personally, I like a little better then the super 58's.)
    An 84 AR100 with the Super 58's, and an 05 AR200 that had the AH pickups, but I replaced them with a V1/V8 set. It's thought the 05 is a prototype, possibly made by Peerless in Korea. The 2 80's rival my Paul in every shape and way possible. And I think it was Ibanez telling the world, "Yeah we made copies, but look at what we learned!"
     
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    21stcsm Senior Member

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    I've seen widely divergent opinion on this

    Not sure who to believe

    Most say it switched to Terada in 85'ish almost exclusively - and the letter switched from month designator to factory designator at that point

    I'm agnostic at this point but the experts I've found to be most reliable say it's Fujigen

    I love Terada btw - most of my Gretsches are Terada

    I've asked among those at Ibanez forum and most believe it's Fujigen but I am open to possibility it's Terada
     
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    Nice! That’s one sexy Ibanez!

    ;)
     
  7. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    GDP is notoriously inaccurate. Have they updated their protocols in the last few years?

    If not, I would not necessarily trust them.
     
  8. Plexi

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    AR100s came with V2s - I bought mine new and still have it.
     
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  9. 21stcsm

    21stcsm Senior Member

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    My understanding is that SOME did.
     
  10. kryho

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    These are great guitars I must admit. I own AR100 1981 with stock Vs and have been considering going for ibzartist.JPG super58 - has anybody compared them? here's mine:
     
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    I prefer the V2s imo very old school super dist like
     
  12. kryho

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    sure they have very nice harmonics but tend to feedback at higher volumes
     
  13. Dalko

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    She is heavy, because she has a "Sustain block" under the bridge.
     
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    21stcsm Senior Member

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    She's not heavy... she's my brother....

    Really? that's cool. I did not know that. The sustain certainly... sustains... so it's working
     
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    I have an 81 AR100 with the V2's, and a 84 AR100 with the super 58's. I think the 58's are a "hair" bit brighter then the V's, with a little less on the bass end. I prefer the V2's over the 58's while playing clean jazzy stuff. Once you start adding gain, then I think the 58's have a bit more presence. Of course, your mileage may vary....
     
  16. jc2000

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    Very nice! Ibanez makes great guitars.
     
  17. PAPADON

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    Congratulations. That is one beautiful Ibby. Here's my 83 Artist AM 205 that I've owned since new. All of my guitars have great pickups but the old Alnico II Super 58's in this one take the cake.

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  18. wildhawk1

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    Ibanez and Yamaha (ala SG2000) built some heavy beasts in the day. Weight seemed to be a non issue. They wanted sustain for days.

    As another mentioned it was their goal to stop being considered a builder of cheap knockoffs and bring their best to the table.

    Guitars like the OP helped change the opinion of far east imports and like import cars forced the domestic makers to improve their game.
     
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  19. artis_xe

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    is the model posted in the OP __ one of the ones that has the brass block embedded underneath the bridge ?

    just curious ( nice guitar btw )
     

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