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For the earlier model with the same name, see AM205 (1982–1987).
2016 AM205 AV
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The AM205 is an Artstar series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in late 2013. It was made in Japan by FujiGen as part of the upscale Prestige line.

The AM205 features a smaller, semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with a burled mahogany top with ƒ holes and cream multi-binding on burled mahogany back and sides mated to a set-in mahogany and maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with cream 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 and a Tri-sound switch for the neck, a Tune-o-matic style bridge and tailpiece, a bone nut, a pickguard painted to match the top, Sure Grip III knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

For 2015 the pearl and abalone fretboard inlays were replaced with acrylic and abalone.

The AS200 is a related model with a slightly larger flamed maple body.

The AM205 was discontinued after 2016.

Specifications

Specifications for AM205 (2014–2016)
Model name: AM205 (2014–2016)
Year(s) produced: 2014–2016
Sold in: Asia & Africa / Europe / Japan / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm / 19¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"
Top:

  Material: Burled mahogany
  Binding: 3-ply cream

Back/sides:

  Material: Burled mahogany

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Gotoh 510BN (10.4mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
Gotoh GE101A
Pickguard:
3-ply black
Knob style:
Sure Grip III
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
Artstar AM Prestige
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ 3-ply cream binding
Fingerboard inlays:
2014: Pearl/ abalone split block
2015–2016: Acrylic/ abalone split block
Frets:
22 / medium (Artstar edge treatment)
Nut:
Bone (43.5mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 w/ pearloid buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle / Tri-sound switch for neck pickup
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.030/.042/.052
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional details
HH-3-way single-tri-sound
Pickup switching
Controls JSM10
Control layout

Sources

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