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1986 AM70 AV
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The AM70 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1985. It was made in Japan by Terada as part of the Artstar series.

The AM70 features a compact, semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with an arched, laminated birch top with ƒ holes and ivory binding on birch back and sides with a maple center block mated to a set-in maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and pearloid dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez IBZ humbucking pickups with black covers, black plastic pickup rings, a Short Stop bridge with integrated tailpiece, a bone nut, Sure Grip II knobs, and Smooth Tuner tuning machines.

The AM75 & AM75T are similar models with a tremolo bridge. The AM60 & AM66 are similar models with figured maple bodies. The AM205 is a related model with a burl mahogany body and mahogany neck, an ebony fretboard with split block inlays, a Tune-O-Matic style bridge, gold hardware and a pickguard.

The AM70 was discontinued in 1987.

Specifications

Specifications for AM70
Year(s) produced: 1985–1987
Sold in: Europe / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV) 1986–1987 / Black (BK) 1995 / Cherry Sunburst (CS) 1986–1987
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 420mm / 16½"
  Width: 355mm / 14"
  Depth: 42mm / 1.65"
Top:

  Material: Birch (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory

Back/sides:

  Material: Birch (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Short Stop
Knob style:
1985: Sure Grip II (black)
1986–1987: Sure Grip II (gold)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Artstar AM
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearloid dot
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Bone (43mm)
Machine heads:
Smooth Tuner
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez IBZ (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez IBZ (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
1985 AM70 BK
Black
Cherry Sunburst
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3 hollow
Control layout
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