Up for sale, a 1988 Ibanez AB200 Artstar Series semi-hollow bass in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This very rare, upper-tiered Ibanez bass was crafted at the Terada factory in Japan during the first year of Artstar production, with sparingly few ever produced. Tonewoods comprise maple semi-hollow body construction, with a mahogany neck capped by a rosewood fretboard.
The semi-hollow maple body results in a certain airy, articulate quality to the acoustic response, with plenty of low end breadth, captured by the stock pair of IBZ humbuckers. Metering at 10.5k ohms, these pickups are full and round-sounding, with rich lower-midrange harmonic content and a sweet, sonorous treble response ensuring optimal clarity. Rolling off the Tone knob delivers a big, booming thump, and the bridge pickup has a punchy, midrange forward pop. This Ibanez weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders in every register, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a notably dark, tight-grained cut, and the medium jumbo fretwire is pristine. This bass plays cleanly up the 30 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 9/16” in width. The headstock sports retains the original gold-plated tuning machines, which turn smoothly.
All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness and governed by a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls. The original Sure Grip II knobs are present, with ridged rubber surrounds for easy on-the-fly adjustments. The gold-plated hardware shows uniform surface patina on the pickup covers and heavy duty bridge. The original serialized label is visible through the F hole, matching the inked serial on the back of the headstock.
The gloss Wine Red finish is framed by cream body binding, and there is subtle flame figuring on the back. Cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of tiny nicks on the back and lower bout perimeter, as well as a scant few faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
A Guardian-brand padded gigbag is included.