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The 2618 is an Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1976. It was made in Japan by FujiGen.

The 2618 features an carved maple top with cream binding on a double-cutaway mahogany body mated to a set-in laminated maple neck with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard with binding and pearl dot position markers. Components include a pair of Super 70 humbucking pickups mounted in cream pickup rings with individual volume and tone controls, a Tune-O-Matic style bridge and stop tailpiece, top hat knobs with pointers and Smooth Tuner machine heads.

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

The 2618/12 is a 12-string version. The 2619 is a related model with a 22-fret fingerboard with split block inlays and a pair of Tri-sound switches.

The 2618 was replaced by the AR200 in 1979.

Specifications

Specifications for 2618
Model name: 2618
Year(s) produced: 1976–1979
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV) 1977–1979 / Brown Sunburst (BS) 1976 / Cherry Wine (CW) 1978 / Black (BK) 1978
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ carved solid maple top w/ cream binding
Body dimensions:
  Length: 16¼" / 413mm
  Width: 13¾" / 349mm
  Depth: 2" / 51mm
Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
1976: Harmonic-o-matic fixed
1977–1979: Gibraltar (w/ sustain block)
Tailpiece:
1976: Stop
1977–1979: Gibraltar tailpiece
Knob style:
1976: Top hat (gold)
1977: Speed (gold)
1978–1979: Sure Grip (gold)
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
AR
Neck material:
3-piece rock maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
1976: Pearl dot
1977–1979: Abalone dots
Frets:
24 / VelveTouch
Nut:
1976: Bone
1977–1979: Half & Half nut
Machine heads:
1976: Ibanez Smooth Tuner
1977–1980: Ibanez VelveTune
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
1976: Super 70 (H) gold cover
1977–1979: Super 80 (H) gold cover
Neck pickup:
1976: Super 70 (H) gold cover
1977–1979: 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
1976 2618 BS.jpg
Brown Sunburst 1976
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Pickup switching
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Controls layout
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