Details about IBANEZ AM200 ARTSTAR 1988IBANEZ AM200 ARTSTAR 1988 See original listing
31 Jan, 2011 09:51:25 GMT
Esher, Surrey, United Kingdom
IBANEZ AM200 ARTSTAR 1988
EQUISITE, STUNNING & RARE MIJ GUITAR
DESCRIPTION: Semi-hollow body, Burl Mahogany top/sides/back, solid center section (under bridge/pickups) with hollow cavities, 3-pc. Mahogany set-in neck; 22-fret 24.75" scale neck, Ebony fretboard w/ Abalone Block inlays, Gold hardware, Gibralter-II w/ Quick Change-II bridge/tailpiece, Super 58 pickups (neck & bridge) w/ 3-way switch, two sets of volume/tone controls. Slightly smaller body than the Gibson ES335 or Ibanez AS-series, slightly larger than a LesPaul or Ibanez AR.
CONDITION: I believe for its age, it is in excellent used condition. Please refer to the pictures carefully which detail the used condition including all marks, scuffs, dents etc, there are also a number of very faint scratches to the body, which the camera does not pick up. The condition is typical of a 23 year old guitar which has been played but not abused (as opposed to being locked away in its case). I have owned this guitar from new so can assure you of its history. Very little fret wear as it has not been excessively used, I turned to a fender strat a long time ago and I have never returned (I can abuse the strat and it doesn’t complain)! Recently set up and cleaned with new strings so all you need to do is plug in and play.
All original condition, there have been no repairs or modifications. However please note the original pickguard is missing. I took this off many years ago (I can’t remember what possessed me to do this) and during four house moves it has been mislaid at which I am very angry about. I could have put a new replacement on which I would imagine would cost about £30-50 but I came to the conclusion that it was probably better for the new owner to find one that suits there taste and of course you may even want to leave it off, it still looks killer without it.
I also do not have the original case. It is presently packaged in an ES sized case at the moment (a little big) which I will include with the sale. If I have to send the guitar in this case I will protect inside and outside the case. Alternatively I could purchase a new one on your behalf and send it in that and of course you could also collect by hand (which I would prefer anyway so that you could check and play it for yourself before buying).
I would expect anyone interested in this guitar will know what they are looking at but I can confirm like countless others that these guitars are truly amazing, especially the pick ups (super hot, super smooth and super articulate), don’t be fooled thinking this would only suit jazz players as these guitars can sound damn right dirty with the right amp, blues players would be in heaven with this guitar.
PAYMENT & DELIVERY: Cash or Paypal (no exceptions) and goods will only be sent out once funds have cleared. Pick up preferred but will deliver by courier in the UK for free. For a UK buyer I will send the guitar by Express 24 hour insured delivery, it’s safer for both parties. Overseas bidders please contact first before bidding and I will arrange for a quote (below price is a guide only).
INFO SOURCED FROM ONLINE SEARCH: “In 1982 Ibanez introduced the Artstar Stagemaster Series, which was comprised of the AM small-body semi-acoustics. -"The Artstar Stagemaster Series is the perfect answer for semi-acoustic lovers who dislike the bulk of a larger thin line body. The Stagemaster Series is comfortably sized and lightweight so you can move around at will with the ease of a solid body and the sweet sound of a semi-acoustic. And don’t let the size fool you! The entire Stagemaster Series has been carefully designed and constructed to sound full, warm and sweet and to sustain like a full bodied semi-acoustic. Ibanez gives you the best of both worlds in the Artstar Stagemaster Series!" (Ibanez 1982 Catalog)
The AMs (also known as the Stagemaster Series) were part of Ibanez’ Artstar line of semi-hollowbody guitars. The AM-series is similar in appearance to the Gibson ES335 or Ibanez’ own AS series, but with a smaller body. For reference, the AM bodies is still slightly larger than a LesPaul or Ibanez Artist AR (solidbody) guitar. The AM guitars feature a solid section in the center with hollow cavities on either side with two humbucking pickups.
The fit & finish on the Artist AM-200 is simply incredible. Some call this the golden era of Ibanez guitars.
The AM-200 is the type a guitar that is a breeze to just plug in and play. It is a semi-hollow body electric guitar, but is not a Jazz-box by any means. For reference, Jazz-boxes are typically fully hollow and much bulkier, being deeper with an overall larger body. The Ibanez AM has a timeless body shape with very good balance. This provides you with a high comfort level playing this guitar - something that many semi-hollow body guitars lack in spades. Many of these guitars might sound great, with a tradeoff being a chore to play. The AM body shape is definitely not too bulk nor is it too petite, instead it feels just right. With it's standard Artist 22-fret 24.75" scale neck, the AM has a silky-smooth and loose feel... even when strung with appropriate gauge strings (10s, 10s bottom heavy or 11s).
The Super58 humbucking pickups are a longtime favorite of Ibanez players; they are perhaps the perfect fit to this guitar. You will be hard pressed to improve upon them, unless you require pickups with a very specific characteristic and tonal range. The Super58 pickups respond nicely to the pick/attack, pickup switching (3-way) and especially the volume and tone controls (1 vol/tone per pickup). You really can pretty much dial-in any sound you want by using the 3-way switch and individual volume/tone controls. As you play this guitar, your amp/rig will probably sound much more versatile than what you have been hearing from your traditional JEM/RG/Superstrat... and that is good thing.
The attention to detail found on the AM-200 is exceptional... BRAVO IBANEZ - BRAVO! The machine heads are so accurate and fine, they make the JEM/RG tuners feel like the ones on your first Yamaha student acoustic guitar. It's nice to have a guitar where you know that the little things and small details were given full attention during it's crafting. All too often these small details are overlooked and taken for granted, figuring the discerning player will replace them or turn another cheek. The ebony fretboard is inlayed with the classic abalone blocks which are used on many Ibanez guitars over the years. They nicely compliment the overall look by adding subtle but not overpowering ornamentation to the guitar.
No doubt, finding a 15 year old guitar still in great shape can be a daunting task in the used market. That said, a quest for this type of guitar can prove to be quite rewarding.
I'm not sure of the need to go on about the wood and fret types, except to say they are exactly what you would expect from this type of guitar. The stunning burl mahogany body looks to be made of just 3 pieces large pieces (top, back and side) and coupled with the ebony board give the guitar an even-keeled, yet BIG and substantial tone. The set 3-pc mahogany/maple/mahogany neck is rock-solid and unwavering with it's thick, yet unobtrusive finish. The true Gibralter-II and QuickChange-II bridge/tailpiece is a tried and true combination that is second to none in functionality and ease of setup.
The AM-200 is a guitar that will diversify your arsenal and is meant to be played over and over. It is the type of guitar that remains one of your best friends. If you purchased one, you'd be a fool to sell it... mark down the AM-200 as a "keeper". Good luck finding yours”.
A BIT MORE INFO SOURCED FROM AN ONLINE SEARCH: “The ultimate guitar Christmas present ..Guitars really don’t get much better than this and must be right at the top of the “ If I could choose just one Guitar “ question. Probably the highest specifaction guitar made by Ibanez and Called the Stagemaster Series manufactured for professionals. I can’t think of anything available today which quite matches the quality and versatility of these guitars. It sings like an Angel and Screams like a Banshee and just plays like molten butter – Enough of the poetry :
The AM series is essentially a more comfortable smaller bodied 335 but amazingly loses nothing at all in the size reduction. The dimensions are perfection. This is the AM200 which sits at the very top of the AM Artstar series above and beyond the Artist AM205 and is not only rare but mega on the desireability scale . Amazing build quality from the Japanese Factory never really equalled and a stunning looker with a Burl Mahogany top and back –Mahogany and Ash ( I think ) three piece Neck – Ebony Fretboard – Fully bound including the f holes – Super 58 Pickups etc. Not only that but the wood used in those times for high end guitars was slow grown South American exotics which have been illegal from around 1991 and which contributed so much to the sound.
A guitar which is for life and very rarely comes available and which will just keep on going up in value. Not to be confused of course with what they now call The Artstar – As If. The playability rivals any guitar I have ever played and the sounds are just awesome and one guaranteed to keep on going up in value”.
On 21-Jan-11 at 09:37:57 GMT, seller added the following information:
IMPORTANT NOTE: After further research it would appear that my guitar that was originally listed as 1983 is more probably a 1988 or 1989. This is borne out by the fact that the headstock design, larger between 1983-7 and slimmer (like mine) between 1988-1995. I have attached some copies of original Ibanez catalogue pics from this period and would suggest you check the following web link which details the same model from around this period. www.ibanezregister.com/Gallery/artstar-artist/gal-am200.htm I have also added a picture of the Ibanez model label located inside the body, this also confirms the model as an AM200AV. Despite the difference in date this is still a truly stunning guitar, I can assure you I have owned this guitar from new (despite my wooly memory of the age – time flies when your having fun)! I brought the guitar when living and working in Stoke on Trent and trawling back through my history this was between 1988 – 1991.
On 21-Jan-11 at 09:47:39 GMT, seller added the following information:
FURTHER TO THE ABOVE: IT WOULD SEEM THAT I AM NOT ABLE TO ADD MORE PICS - PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO SEND YOU THOSE IBANEZ CATOLOGUE PICTURES AND ALSO THE PICTURE WITHIN THE CAVITY OF THE MODEL LABEL. I ALSO HAVE A COPY OF THE IBANEZ DIRECTORY PAGE WITH DETAILS OF THIS MODEL REGISTERED BY OTHER OWNERS FOR THE PERIOD STATED ABOVE.
On 21-Jan-11 at 18:25:55 GMT, seller added the following information:IMPORTANT UPDATE: At last I have managed to confirm the actual production date! H - Refers to Japanese factory which is Terada. First number 8 - Refers to year code 1988. Remaining digits are production number. PHEW!! This information was sourced from www.ibanezregister.com/history/history-dating.htm which I can send you a PDF copy of if you get in contact or of course go online and check it yourself.