Up for sale, a 2000 Ibanez Artstar AS-200 in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Crafted at the famed Fujigen factory in Japan, this AS-200 boasts a notably rare Amber gloss finish over the heavily figured flame maple body. This finish was a Japan-only domestic market option, only available from 2000-2003.
Loaded with a pair of Ibanez’s Super 58 humbuckers, these vintage-style humbuckers channel the warmth and articulation of the semi-hollow body. The bridge pickup has great midrange growl and authority, while the neck pickup is coupled to a three-way Tri-Sound switch for coil tap functionality. In humbucker mode, the neck pickup is fat and clear with a sweetness ideal for lead work, and via the Tri-Sound switch, two coil tap options have plenty of spank and sparkle. The guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece neck has two pieces of mahogany framing a maple central third, with a slender C-shaped carve that has moderate shoulder, measuring .815″ deep at the 1st fret and .915″ at the 12th. The bound ebony fingerboard has pearl block inlay bisected by abalone trapezoids, and the medium jumbo frets have their full factory height and plenty of meat, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4″ scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures a full 1 11/16″ in width (43mm), and the headstock features the original Gotoh tuners which visually match the VelveTune II design and function reliably and smoothly.
The electronics function flawlessly, with dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for each humbucker with a three-way pickup selector switch and Tri-Sound mini toggle to coil tap the neck position humbucker. Plastics include the multi-ply bound tortoise pickguard and quartet of Sure Grip II speed knobs, and hardware comprises the Gibraltar II bridge and Quik Change II tailpiece, both with clean gold plating and just a dusting of surface patina. The maple top and back feature curly flame figuring with a distinctive bookmatched chevron on both the top and back, and similarly intense flame figuring on the rims. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a few faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, and the gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case with Ibanez badge on the exterior is included.