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For the older model of the same name, see AM50 (1982–1984).
1992 AM50 BK
AM50 Black (more images) Red copyright sprite

The AM50 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1990. It was made in South Korea by Yoojin as part of the Artstar series. Based on serial number analysis it appears production may have started in 1989; often production begins a few month's prior to a model's introduction.

The AM50 features a compact, semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with an arched, maple top with ƒ holes and ivory multi-binding on maple back and sides with a maple center block mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and pearloid dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez standard humbucking pickups with chrome covers and individual volume and tone controls, black plastic pickup rings, a Tune-o-matic style bridge, a stop tailpiece, a plastic nut, a black pickguard, speed knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

The AM80 is a similar model with natoh back and sides, only a single ƒ hole, a single volume and tone control, and no pickguard. The AS50 is a similar model with a larger body.

The AM50 appeared in catalogs through 1993, but few to no examples produced after 1991 have been seen.

Specifications

Specifications for AM50 (1990–1993)
Year(s) produced: 1990–1993
Sold in: Europe
Made in: South Korea
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV) / Black (BK)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 464mm / 18¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 42mm / 1.65"
Top:

  Material: Maple (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Standard Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece:
Stop tailpiece
Pickguard:
Black
Knob style:
Speed (black)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Artstar AM
Neck material:
1-piece mahogany
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearloid dot
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Standard humbucker (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Standard humbucker (H)
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
Output jack:
¼" mono (face mounted)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
Antique Violin
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3 hollow
Control layout
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