Vintage Ibanez ARTIST- The BEST Other Guitar Design Ever made?

Dalko

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Would like to have your opinion:

There is a "Les Paul" design, and a lot of "Other" guitar design ...

But, for me, Vintage Ibanez Artist design (Ibanez Artist 2617, 2618, 2619, 2622, and Artist AR serie from AR50 to AR5000) who was made from 1975 until 1983 is the MOST BEAUTIFUL guitar ever made ... :)

For some Artists, with selected woods, it's maybe the best sounding "other" guitar ... :)



Steve Miller opinion:

 

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I think they are stunning. My favorite "other" is still a Tele though.
 

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They are a VERY good value on the used market.

I joined the club earlier this year when I picked up an '80 AR50 Artist.

The neck is amazing and the Super 70 pickups are some of the most articulate HB's I have in any of the guitars in my collection.

The ONLY drawback on the guitar is the weight. WOW, is weighs at least 10-11 lbs. You have to wear a wide Bass strap so it doesn't kill your shoulder.

Here's are a couple of pics of my '80 AR50:


 

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The Ibanez Artists and Yamaha SGs are up there with the best of them.
 

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For me, the best design ever was the Stratocaster. The double cutaway and contoured body shape was copied by Kramer, Ibanez, Musicman, ESP, and countless other guitar companies. It's hard to believe same guy who designed the Telecaster, which looks like a block of wood with a neck, came up with this sleek, 3 pickup design and it even had a tremelo system. :applause:
 

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The question should be:

The Vintage Ibanez Artist is the MOST BEAUTIFUL "Other" guitar design?

Also The Best in case of some Artists guitars ... :)

Like the one here: Ibanez AR1505, brazilian board




Or the one here: Ibanez AR5000

 

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I had an MC300 many years ago, superb guitar. I think I'd trade almost anything in my collection to get another like it.
 

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Yeah - I am REALLY digging mine.....

 

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Ibanez Artist 2618 Prototype (Pre-serial)






Ibanez Artist AR500AV 1981




If someone have the following one i am interested ... :)


 

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I couldn't agree more! I think the Artist line is incredible!
I have a highly modified 1981 MIJ Artist 100, and a 2005 MIK AR200. The 81 has become my goto guitar, beating out my 81 Gibson Custom and my 78 L6S.
The 05 200.... is on the way to equaling it. The modern MIK one has almost the same feel, same touch, same vibe as the 81, but lesser hardware and pickups. NOTHING beats the V2's in my opinion!

Modified 81 Artist 100


2005 MIK Artist 200
 

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The 81 has become my goto guitar, beating out my 81 Gibson Custom and my 78 L6S.
Why of course it did! Although not Artist Series guitars I have recently become familiar with MIJ Ibanez and I can honestly say I have only had one guitar that surpassed them in craftsmanship. Oh, that guitar wasn't a Fender or Gibson :). I'm actually a big fan of Fender and Gibson, I really am, but my MIJ Ibies really are on another level. With the exception of my '81 USA BC Rich Bich-6 I really can't recall ever owning another guitar that needed absolutely no modifications. Well my Telecaster was actually very close to that category but it still needed a treble bleed. Other than that it was perfect even though I still dropped in an SD L'il 59, but the original bridge pickup on that was still quite outstanding.

Well actually I may have a refret done on my '89 Ibby. They are in perfect shape even after all these years but I prefer medium jumbos. Oh, and I may one day sand off the varnish on the neck.
 

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Here´s my 1978 Ibanez Artist 2619 - I don´t think it´s soundwise comparable with older Les Pauls, but it has got a thing of its own. Really "classy-feel" and its a great guitar in many ways. It´s a bit heavy, but I kind of prefer that instead of too lightweight guitars. Designwise? well, it IS beautiful...


 

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I couldn't agree more! I think the Artist line is incredible!
I have a highly modified 1981 MIJ Artist 100, and a 2005 MIK AR200. The 81 has become my goto guitar, beating out my 81 Gibson Custom and my 78 L6S.
The 05 200.... is on the way to equaling it. The modern MIK one has almost the same feel, same touch, same vibe as the 81, but lesser hardware and pickups. NOTHING beats the V2's in my opinion!

Modified 81 Artist 100


2005 MIK Artist 200
Is that a FT-165 BARD12 to the left?
I have one as well! A '71..
 

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the pup switch couldnt be more wrong placed so to me it is definatelly not the best, even not a good design..
 

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I had one of the very first to enter the country and to this day regret ever having to sell it. it had perhaps the finest violin finish of any I've seen to this day....
 

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Kris, why yes it is! From about the same time as yours. Only thing was, it was a "gift" that was in a few more pieces then it should be in when it was given to me. (techs always get little gifts like this. People, next time, 50's Paul would be nice!) I also have the 120, the 6 string little brother.

D1M1. couldn't disagree more! the switch is where it needs to be Look at a Paul, where's the switch? Nuff said......
 

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I had a Artist 2617 tobacco sunburst like this from 1980 to 1989. I paid $600 for it new and sold it for $300. They're top notch guitars.

 


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