Up for sale, a 1988 Ibanez Artstar AS200 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Crafted at the Terada factory in Japan, tonewoods include a semi-hollow figured maple body and three-piece maple/mahogany neck capped with a 22 fret slab ebony fingerboard, with '88 being the first year this neck construction was offered.
Loaded with the stock pair of Ibanez's Super 58 humbuckers, these pickups channel the warmth and articulation of the semi-hollow body. The bridge pickup delivers sonic authority and sweet growl, sensitive to pick attack and offering plenty of tonal breadth and clarity. 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, the pickup can be configured with the coils in series or in parallel, along with a coil tapped option. The guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece neck has two pieces of mahogany framing a maple central third, with a slender, effortless C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .885" at the 12th. The bound ebony fingerboard has pearl block inlay bisected by abalone trapezoids, and the slender frets have their full factory height and plenty of meat, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-6. 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 SG38s tuners that match the look of the earlier VelveTune II design, functioning reliably and turn smoothly. The H8-prefix serial on the headstock is indicative of Terada factory production with "H" standing for Hoshino (Ibanez's customer) and "8" for the last digit in the year of production. The inked serial on the headstock matches the handwritten serial on the oval label visible through the F hole.
The electronics function flawlessly, with dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for each humbucker and a three-way pickup selector switch and Tri-Sound mini toggle for the neck position humbucker. Both pickups have Super 58-embossed baseplates, and the neck pickup cavity reveals the long neck tenon, ensuring optimal resonance and sustain. Plastics include the multi-ply bound tortoise pickguard, which shows some requisite pick scuffing, and a quartet of Sure Grip II speed knobs. The hardware shows uniform surface patina through the gold plating, comprising the Gibraltar bridge and Quik Change II tailpiece.
The two-piece bookmatched curly flame maple top and back are framed by multi-ply binding, and even the rims show notable figuring in the maple. The Antique Violin Sunburst is a lighter shade of this particular finish, and cosmetic wear is limited to just a few small nicks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
The original brown tolex hardshell case is included.