Up for sale, a 1982 Ibanez Artist AR-300 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. The successor to the 2619 model Artist, the AR-300 features a thicker mahogany body and neck inset slightly further into the body to eliminate neck dive. A classic example of the finely crafted guitars pioneered by Ibanez in the early '80s, The AR-300 pairs a carved maple top and solid mahogany body with a maple neck and medium output Super 58 PAF-style humbuckers. The Super 58 pickups are a versatile and dynamic pair, perfect for everything from glassy cleans to singing overdriven leads. And with the original pair of Tri-Sound three-way mini toggles (offering coils in series, parallel, or tapped for single coil operation), the sonic range of this model is astounding. The solid ebony fretboard pairs well with the maple carved top for great note attack and plenty of top end detail, and at 9lbs 11oz, this guitar has healthy natural sustain. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and freshly restrung with 10-46 strings, this Artist is ready for stage and studio use.
The maple neck has a medium C shape at the nut with modest shoulder, filling out with a bit more roundness up the board while still feeling fast and easily navigable in every register. The profile measures .840" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The bound slab ebony fretboard features pearl block inlay bisected by abalone trapezoids and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock is fitted with the original gold Ibanez Velve-Tune tuning machines which turn very smoothly as the name would suggest.
The electronics are untouched and work as they should, with the humbuckers featuring "Super 58" embossed baseplates and matching six-digit Maxon stamps which date to '82 along with the serial number imprinted on the headstock. The Tri-Sound three-way toggles work as follows: 1. Coils in series 2. Single coil operation 3. Coils in parallel. Each humbucker has its own dedicated Tri-Sound toggle in addition to the primary three-way pickup selector switch, offering a truly staggering array of sounds.
Other features on the body include the Gibraltar slotted tailpiece and brass bridge which is anchored to a solid brass block embedded in the maple top, contributing to the articulation and sustain of the guitar. The stock Sure Grip knobs retain the grippy rubber gaskets for exacting on-the-fly adjustments, and the cream plastics are clean. The guitar retains the original Antique Violin gloss sunburst finish, which highlights the bookmatched flame figuring in the maple across the carved top, framed by multi-ply cream binding. The binding has ambered, with stabilized checking and a fill where the outer plies of the binding had deteriorated in a localized spot on the treble-side lower bout edge. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to light scuffing favoring the treble side of the pick path, a spot of targeted buckle rash central to the back, and some faint finish scratches and marks consistent with honest use. The gloss neck profile is smooth and pristine.
The original brown hardshell case and factory paperwork is included.