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The AK81 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in mid 2011. It was a spot model which was made in China as part of the Artcore series.

The AK81 features a thick, full-hollow body design with a laminated spruce top with ƒ holes and cream multi-binding on sycamore back and sides with a single pointed Florentine cutaway mated to a set-in mahogany and maple neck with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with cream binding and aged pearl block position markers. Components include dual Ibanez Artcore humbucking pickups with chrome covers and individual volume and tone controls, black plastic pickup rings and switch tip, an ART-W bridge with wooden saddle and base, a VT60 chrome tailpiece, an ivory plastic nut, a black pickguard, speed knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

The AK80 is a similar model with dot fretboard inlays, ivory pickup rings and switch tip and a spruce pickguard. The AK95 is a related model with flamed maple back and sides and a different tailpiece.

The AK81 was discontinued after 2012.

Specifications

Specifications for AK81
Year(s) produced: 2011–2012
Sold in: ??
Made in: China
Finish(es): Vintage Burst (VB)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 495mm / 19½"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 92mm / 3⅝" (70mm at tail)
Top:

  Material: Spruce (laminated)
  Binding: Cream multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Sycamore

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
ART-W w/ wooden saddle & base (10.4mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
VT60 trapeze
Pickguard:
Black bakelite
Knob style:
Sure Grip III (gold)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Artcore AK
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ cream binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl block
Frets:
20 / medium
Nut:
Ivory plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ half-moon buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez ACH2 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez ACH1 (H)
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.011/.015/.022w/.030/.040/.050 flatwound
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional details
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3 hollow
Control layout

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