Outstanding condition – guitar and case. Only flaw I can see is in the last picture…the tolex is slightly separated from the case in a small spot. This vintage Artstar AS200 was made at the renowned Fuji-Gen plant in 2003…the last year the original Ibanez Artist/Artstars were made before production stopped for over 10 yrs. The stunning amber finish was only offered in Japan from 2000-2003 where this guitar was purchased, and is almost never seen here (I’ve only seen one ever offered on Reverb in close to this condition and it sold for $2,750).
The AS200 features a semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with a flamed maple top (alternately described as curly or tiger maple) with F holes and ivory multi-binding on flamed maple back and sides with a hard rock maple center block mated to a set-in 3-piece mahogany/maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with ivory binding and pearl and abalone split block position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 58 humbucking pickups with gold covers, individual volume and tone controls, a Tri-Sound switch for the neck pickup that offers some unique tonal flexibility, ivory pickup rings, a Tune-o-matic style ST bridge, a Quik Change tailpiece, a bone & brass nut, a tortoise shell pickguard, Sure Grip knobs, and VelveTune tuning machines with ivory buttons. The famous Ibanez Super 58 Alnico III pickups are well known for their balanced character and sonic fullness, delivering nuanced tones and the biting growl of blues, smooth jazz performance, and the full spectrum of rock tunes.
Made in Japan by Fujigen
Finish: Gloss Amber
Body: Flamed Maple bookmatched top/back/sides with intense figuring
Body type: Semi-hollow structure with wood block below the bridge & tailpiece.
Neck: 3-pc Artstar mahogany/maple set-in neck with volute
Fretboard: Bound Ebony w/ Artstar Fret Edge Treatment w/Acrylic & Abalone block inlay.
Scale: 24.75″ with 12″ fingerboard radius
Neck: 1 11/16” nut width; Ibanez very comfortable C profile (at 1st fret about 20 mm or so; .79” – .81”)
Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-way pickup switch, Tri-sound switch for neck pickup, Super 58 Alnico III neck & bridge pickups
- Gold hardware
- Aluminum foil shield applied to the pots, switches, jack
- Gotoh SG381 machine head with the original shape peg button that is easy to grip with super precision & smooth feel.
- Gotoh Gibralter III Tune-o-Matic Bridge height adjustable with intonation for each string.
- Gotoh Quik Change III Tailpiece
- Sure Grip II knobs are designed for precise control with nonslip functionality, along with smooth and classic looks.
- Multi-ply binding with detailed handcrafting on the headstock, fingerboard & body.
Case: Original Ibanez black tolex plush hardshell case
Weight: 8 lb. 4 oz. – well balanced and comfortable
Setup: Professional setup from Laguna Beach, Calif luthier with Ernie Ball Slinky 9.5-44 strings