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The AH10 is an solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1985. It is a signature model for British jazz fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth.

The AH10 features a double-cutaway Roadstar II shaped basswood body with a tone chamber routed beneath the pickups bolted to a maple neck with a 25½" scale and a 17" radius 22-fret ebony fingerboard with dot position markers. Components include a single custom-made humbucking pickup mounted in a black pickguard, a specially configured Powerocker tremolo with a short 150mm tremolo arm, Tek Grip knobs and Smooth Tuner II machine heads. The headstock features a special spider logo which was designed by Holdsworth.

The AH10 was perhaps the first commercially available guitar with a basswood body. Holdsworth wanted a light guitar, so Ibanez luthiers evaluated a few species of wood that weren't commonly used for guitars including basswood and jelutong. They found that jelutong (which was the lightest of the woods they considered) didn't hold screws as well as other options, so basswood was chosen. Basswood has since become the wood used in the original JEM777 and in the majority of the RG series over the past 30+ years.

The AH20 is a similar model with two humbuckers.

The AH10 was discontinued after 1987.

Specifications

Specifications for AH10
Model name: AH10
Year(s) produced: 1985–1987
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black (BK) 1986–1987 / Burgundy (BY) / Forest Green (FG) 1985–1986 / White (WH) 1986–1987
Body
Body type:
Chambered solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
Bolt-on traditional square heel
Bridge:
Powerocker Special tremolo
Pickguard:
Black
Knob style:
Tek Grip
Hardware color:
Black chrome
Neck
Neck type:
AH
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot
Frets:
22 / Jim Dunlop #6100
Machine heads:
Smooth Tuner Mini II
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
H
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez AH Special (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone

Images

Other available finishes
Black
1985 AH10 FG
Forest Green
White
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