NGD - Ibanez AS-50 1980

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  1. Tony Ounsworth

    Tony Ounsworth Strat-O-Master

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    This arrived today:

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    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.
     
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  2. AncientAx

    AncientAx Still hacking ....

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    Beauty !
     
  3. stratman in va

    stratman in va Most Honored Senior Member

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    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.
     
  4. Tony Ounsworth

    Tony Ounsworth Strat-O-Master

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    Yes, the Gibraltar Bridge I think it's called. My '78 (first year) Iceman has it as well:

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

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    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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    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    Beautiful guitar. I'm a big fan of the older Ibanez guitars as well.
     
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    AncientAx Still hacking ....

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    Their Super 70's pickups are one of my favorite humbuckers , terrific sounding .
     
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    srvsayce78 Most Honored Senior Member

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    I love this!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    BadBrad Strat-O-Master

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    That's a beauty. It looks like it wasn't played much.
     
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    I got to try an Artist similar to yours a few years back. Great guitar.
     
  10. Tony Ounsworth

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    It certainly has zero fret wear. Bit of buckle rash on the back, but I can live with that on a 35 year old guitar.
     
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    Really nice. I have an 1982 AM-205 and love it. Are the pickups stock?
     
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    That back shot of the 50 almost takes human form to these old eyes. Nice grab for sure!
     
  13. Tony Ounsworth

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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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    Sweet Lass!! enjoy!! congrats!!
     
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    wildhawk Most Honored Senior Member

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    There's some that make you stare at the beauty and that's one of them. Congrats!
     
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    That's beutiful! I love semi-hollows.
     
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    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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    I just picked one up today, awesome guitar.........once I sneak it into the house I will post some pics.
     
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    I love these Ibby semis. Got an '04 AS83 and a new AM93. An old Artist is on my list too...[​IMG][​IMG]