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The 2617 is an Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1975. It was made in Japan by FujiGen. It is also known as the Artwood Artist.

The 2617 features an carved ash double-cutaway body with German carve edges, abalone purfling and cream binding mated to a set-in maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with binding and abalone and mother of pearl split block position markers. Components include a pair of Super 70 humbucking pickups mounted in black pickup rings with individual volume and tone controls, a Tune-O-Matic style bridge and stop tailpiece, speed knobs with pointers and Smooth Tuner machine heads.

For 1977 the Gibraltar bridge with sustain block embedded in the body and the slotted Gibraltar tailpiece with scalloped "cloud" ornament were introduced, along with new Super 80 "Flying Finger" pickups, a bone and brass nut and VelveTune machine heads. For 1978 the knobs were replaced with Sure Grip knobs with rubber grip insert.

The 2619 is a related model with a mahogany body and maple top. The 2680 is a related model with a modified body shape with shorter horns and a unique headstock which was a signature model for Bob Weir. The 2670 Artwood Twin is a related model which adds a 12-string neck.

The 2617 was discontinued in 1980 and replaced by the AR250 which adds a Tri-sound switch.

Specifications

Specifications for 2617
Model name: 2617
Year(s) produced: 1975–1980
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV) 1978 / Brown Sunburst (BS) 1978 / Natural (NT)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Ash w/ carved solid ash top w/ abalone purfling and cream binding
Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
1975–1976: Harmonic-o-matic fixed
1977–1980: Gibraltar (w/ sustain block)
Tailpiece:
1975–1976: Stop
1977–1980: Gibraltar tailpiece
Knob style:
1975–1977: Speed (gold)
1978–1980: Sure Grip (black)
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
AR
Neck material:
3-piece rock maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Abalone & mother of pearl split block
Frets:
22 / jumbo
Nut:
1975–1976: Bone
1977–1980: Half & Half nut
Machine heads:
1975–1976: Ibanez Smooth Tuner
1977–1980: Ibanez VelveTune
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
1975–1976: Maxon Super 70 (H) gold cover
1977–1980: Super 80 (H) gold cover
Neck pickup:
1975–1976: Maxon Super 70 (H) gold cover
1977–1980: Super 80 (H) gold cover
Controls:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
1978 2617 BS.jpg
Brown Sunburst
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Natural 1978
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Pickup switching
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Controls layout
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