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1985 Ibanez Artist Stagemaster AM-205 Semi-Hollow, Antique Violin w/ Super 58 Humbuckers


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Up for sale, a 1985 Ibanez Artist Stagemaster model AM-205 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Made in Japan at the highly venerated Fujigen factory to exacting standards, the AM-205 was the top-of-the-line model in the Stagemaster series. It features a semi-hollow burl mahogany body with maple center block, paired with a one-piece mahogany neck capped by an ebony fretboard. The guitar offers a rich, lively natural acoustic resonance faithfully captured by the stock pair of Super 58 medium output (metering 7.3k ohms) PAF-style humbuckers. The AM-205 delivers thick, articulate tones, with plenty of treble bite and harmonic complexity, as well as a balanced, present midrange character; making this AM-205 equally comfortable with everything from glassy cleans to big, overdriven leads.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features  abalone/pearloid split block inlays and original medium jumbo frets which retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. This AM-205 plays cleanly in all registers 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 bound headstock is fitted with the original Smooth Tuner tuning machines, which (true to their name) turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The F85-prefix serial dates to June of 1985.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with the Super 58 humbucker pair governed by a three-way pickup selector and individual Volume knobs and Tone knobs for each pickup. The guitar features the original triangular strap buttons, Gibraltar II bridge and Quik Change II tailpiece, all displaying light patina on their gold plating. Plastics include the Sure Grip II knobs, which retain their rubber gaskets for on-the-fly adjustments, and the multi-ply black pickguard.

The gloss Antique Violin finish highlights deep, dynamic figuring in the mahogany burl top and back, and the multi-ply binding shows deep ambering and notable checking. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few minor finish scratches and dings, and a few isolated areas of finish chipping through the clear coat on the binding. The gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.

A heavy duty vintage Japanese gigbag is included.