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1981 Ibanez Artist AR300 Vintage Guitar Cherry Sunburst, 100% Original w/ Super 58 Pickups


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Up for sale, a 1981 Ibanez Artist AR300 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The successor to the 2619 model Artist, the AR300 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 AR300 pairs a carved two-piece flame 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 10lbs 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 slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more roundness and shoulder further up the fretboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The bound slab ebony fretboard features pearl block inlay bisected by abalone trapezoids and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3 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, crafted of brass and bone for ideal treble detail and sustain. The headstock is fitted with the original gold Ibanez Velve-Tune tuning machines which turn very smoothly as the name would suggest. The H81-prefix serial number dates to August of 1981.

The electronics function as intended, with the humbuckers featuring "Super 58" embossed baseplates and matching six-digit Maxon stamps which date to '80. The stock pots date to March of '81, and solder joints are untouched. 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 gold plating retains plenty of shine save for notable patina through the plating on the bass-side edge of the bridge. The stock Sure Grip knobs retain the grippy rubber gaskets for exacting on-the-fly adjustments, and the cream plastics are clean.

The original Cherry Sunburst gloss finish highlights the bookmatched flame figuring in the maple across the carved top, framed by multi-ply cream binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a few tiny finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole.