NGD - Ibanez AS-50 1980

Tony Ounsworth

Strat-O-Master
Jan 30, 2014
661
Herne Bay
This arrived today:



Never owned a semi before. These late 70's/early 80's Ibanez guitars are simply amazing though. If more people realised their quality they would be much less affordable. Perfect, low action, no fret wear, just a few small scratches on the back.
 

stratman in va

Most Honored Senior Member
Jul 27, 2012
8,830
Virginia
All the old Ibanez guitars I have played from the late 70s to the 80s have either been really good or awesome !

I did not realize they were doing the tailpiece like that back then. I have a late model AS73 with a very similar tailpiece.
 

Tony Ounsworth

Strat-O-Master
Jan 30, 2014
661
Herne Bay
Yes, the Gibraltar Bridge I think it's called. My '78 (first year) Iceman has it as well:



Some more pics of the AR-50, from the auction:







Also on the Ibanez wish list:

An Artist Model, the solid body ones like this:

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And a 2700DS, like this:

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Mech

Strat-O-Master
Jul 12, 2009
735
ALX
That back shot of the 50 almost takes human form to these old eyes. Nice grab for sure!
 

Tony Ounsworth

Strat-O-Master
Jan 30, 2014
661
Herne Bay
Really nice. I have an 1982 AM-205 and love it. Are the pickups stock?

Yes. At first I wasn't sure as I was just looking for a Semi acoustic Ibanez generally. The uncovered pickups suggest aftermarket replacements. But when I researched it I found this catalogue from 1981:

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And this one from 1979:

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So assuming the spec in 1980 was the same these are the original V2 pickups. Tried it last night, they sound wonderful. Quite high output, but that suits me.

Slightly crackly jack of course. Always seems to be the case on older guitars!
 

BEACHBUM

Strat-O-Master
Mar 6, 2010
516
Las Vegas
You've got one of the greats congrats. 83 AM 205 here. I've also got one of the the new AR 325's. Great guitars as well.
 

Robins

Dr. von Loudster
Dec 22, 2010
13,012
Germany
Wow, they used some nice wood back in the days. They were made in Japan, they still make absolutely awesome guitars as long as the factories are still there :eek:(

All the best,
Robin
 


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