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The 2618/12 is a twelve string Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1977. It was made in Japan by FujiGen.

The 2618/12 features a carved maple top on a double-cutaway mahogany body mated to a set-in three-piece maple neck with a smooth heel and a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with binding and abalone dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super Single humbucker sized single-coil pickups specially developed for this model mounted in cream pickup rings with individual volume and tone controls, a Gibraltar Tune-O-Matic style bridge and special stop tailpiece with integrated "cloud" ornament, a brass and bone nut, rubberized Sure Grip control knobs and VelveTune machine heads.

The initial 1977 design had an alternating tuning machine setup (a la Rickenbacker) with 6 tuners mounted conventionally and 6 tuners mounted on the side of the headstock oriented at 90º to the others. The front of the headstock was partially cutaway to allow the strings to reach the side-mounted tuners. This design was shelved by 1978 in favor of a more traditional 6-on-a-side layout on an elongated headstock.

The 2618 is a similar six string model.

The 2618/12 was renamed the AR350 in mid-1979 in at least the US market, although it continued to be sold as the 2618/12 in Europe. The 2618/12/ AR350 was discontinued after 1980 in favor of the 22-fret AR112.

Specifications

Specifications for 2618/12
Model name: 2618/12 / AR350
Year(s) produced: 1977–1980
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV) / Black (BK) 1978 / Cherry Wine (CW) 1978–1980
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ maple top
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
Bridge:
Gibraltar (w/ sustain block)
Tailpiece:
Special tailpiece w/ integrated "cloud" ornament
Knob style:
Sure Grip
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
2618
Neck material:
3-piece rock maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Abalone dot
Frets:
24 / medium
Nut:
Half & Half nut
Machine heads:
Ibanez VelveTune
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
SS
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super Single (S)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super Single (S)
Controls:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" mono (side-mounted)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
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Antique Violin 1977
1980 2618-12 CW.jpg
Cherry Wine
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Pickup switching
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Controls layout
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