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1981 Ibanez Artist AR112 12-String Vintage Guitar Antique Violin, 100% Original w/ Super 58, Case


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Up for sale, a 1981 Ibanez Artist 12-string model AR112 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. An example of the finely crafted guitars pioneered by Ibanez in the early ‘80s, this notably rare 12-string Artist model features a carved maple top, solid mahogany body, three-piece maple neck, and a bound rosewood fretboard.

Loaded with the original "Super 58" PAF-style humbuckers, these pickups yield a versatile and dynamic set of tones, perfect for everything from glassy cleans to singing, overdriven leads. The bridge pickup is snappy and articulate, capturing the chorusing chime of the 12 string design, and the neck position has a full, throaty quality that's both round and detailed. And at 9lbs 6oz, this Ibanez dishes out plenty of natural sustain too, maximizing the broad, shimmering tonal profile of this 12 string. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar, this Ibanez features fresh strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulders, filling out with a hair more heft and roundness in the upper registers, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .945” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark cut with pearloid dot inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire is flawless. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures a full 1 11/16” in width, carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock sports an "Artist"-embossed truss rod cover, and the Ibanez-branded Velve-Tune tuning machines turn smoothly (as the name would suggest) and hold accurate pitch. The G81-prefix serial number on the back of the headstock translates to a a July, 1981 build date.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the Super 58 humbuckers governed by independent Volume and Tone controls. The pickup baseplates are embossed with the “Super 58” text, with stamps that date to ‘81. The wiring harness has untouched solder joints, and the original Japanese pots date to May, 1981. Gold-plated hardware includes the Gibraltar Tune-o-matic bridge and “Special” ornate tailpiece, as well as the brass switch tip. Plastics comprise cream pickup rings and and the quartet of gold Sure Grip knobs, which have ridged rubber grips for easy on-the-fly adjustments.

The gloss Antique Violin finish is extremely well-kept, exhibiting a bit of pick scuffing along the strum path, a handful of minor dings largely limited to the lower bout body perimeter, and a few faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate and highlights flame figuring in the central third of maple.

The original Ibanez-branded form-fit hardshell case is included.