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The AM400 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1988. It was made in Japan by Terada as part of the Artstar series.

The AM400 features a compact, semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with a special rounded back and sculpted neck heel. It has an arched, birdseye maple top with a single ƒ hole and ivory multi-binding on mahogany back and sides with a maple center block mated to a set-in mahogany and maple 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 mounted in ivory plastic pickup rings, a Tune-o-matic style Gibraltar II bridge, a Quik Change II tailpiece, a bone nut, Sure Grip II knobs, and Gotoh tuning machines with ivory buttons.

The AM300 has a similar body shape but with a maple top and basswood back and with different components.

The AM400 was discontinued after 1990.

Specifications

Specifications for AM400
Year(s) produced: 1988–1990
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black (BK) 1989 / Cherry Sunburst (CS) 1988–1989 / Midnight Olive (MO) 1988–1989 / Transparent Black (TK) 1988–1989 / White (WH)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 464mm / 18¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 33mm / 1.3"
Top:

  Material: Birdseye maple (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Mahogany

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Gibraltar II
Tailpiece:
Quik Change II
Knob style:
Sure Grip II (gold)
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
Artstar AM400
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl/ abalone split block
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Bone (43mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38 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:
Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle
Output jack:
¼" stereo box (face mounted)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
Black
1988 AM400 CS
Cherry Sunburst
1989 AM400 MO
Midnight Olive
1988 AM400 TK
Transparent Black
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls VT3 toggle
Control layout
1988 AM400 back
Molded rear heel
1988 AM400 side-view
Side view
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