For the more recent model of the same name, see AM205 (2014–2016).
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The AM205 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1982. It was made in Japan by FujiGen as part of the Artist series. Late in this model's run the line was renamed the Artstar series.

The AM205 features a compact, semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with an arched, burl mahogany top with ƒ holes and ivory multi-binding on burl mahogany back and sides with a maple center block mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with ivory binding and pearl and abalone split block position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 58 humbucking pickups with gold covers and individual volume and tone controls, ivory plastic pickup rings, a Tune-o-matic style Gibraltar II bridge, a Quik Change II tailpiece, a bone nut, a black pickguard, Sure Grip II knobs, and VelveTune tuning machines.

For 1983 the VelveTune II machine heads were introduced. For 1985 the tuners were changed to the new Smooth Tuner.

The AM50 is a similar model with a maple body and neck, a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, chrome hardware and no pickguard. The AM100 is a similar with a maple body and neck, a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, chrome hardware and an ivory pickguard. The AM70 is a related model with a maple body and neck, a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, an integrated bridge, chrome hardware and no pickguard.

This version of the AM205 was discontinued after 1987 and replaced by the very similar AM200. A new model with the same name was introduced in 2014.

Specifications

Specifications for AM205 (1982–1987)
Year(s) produced: 1982–1987
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 420mm / 16½"
  Width: 355mm / 14"
  Depth: 42mm / 1.65"
Top:

  Material: Burl mahogany (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Burl mahogany

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Gibraltar II
Tailpiece:
Quik Change II
Pickguard:
Black
Knob style:
Sure Grip II (gold)
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
Stagemaster
Neck material:
1-piece mahogany
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl/ abalone split block
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Bone (43mm)
Machine heads:
1982: VelveTune
1983–1984: VelveTune II
1985–1987: Smooth Tuner
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Controls:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" stereo box (face mounted)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional details
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Pickup switching
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Control layout
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Size comparison of solid body Artist (AR) [L], Stagemaster (AM) [C] and AS [R]

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