The AR100 is an Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1979. It was made in Japan.
The AR100 features an arched flame maple top on a double-cutaway mahogany body mated to a set-in three-piece maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with binding and pearloid dot position markers. Components include dual Ibanez humbucking pickups mounted in creme pickup rings with individual volume and tone controls, a Gibraltar Tune-O-Matic style bridge and Quik Change tailpiece with an ornamental scalloped plate, rubberized Sure Grip control knobs and VelveTune machine heads.
The pickups initially were uncovered V2 humbuckers with creme bobbins; for 1982 these were replaced by brass covered Super 58 pickups. For 1983 the Gibraltar bridge and tailpiece were replaced with the Gibraltar II bridge and Quik Change tailpiece.
The AR100L is a left-handed version. The AR105 is a similar model with a burl mahogany top. The AR150 is a similar model with a tremolo bridge. The AR112 is a 12-string version. The AR200 is a related model with different pickups and a Tri-sound switch.
The AR100 was discontinued after 1984.
Specifications for AR100 (1979–1984)
Year(s) produced: 1979–1984
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV) 1979–1982 / Black (BK) 1979 / Brown Sunburst (BS) 1980–1981 / Cherry Sunburst (CS) 1980–1984 / Fire Red (FR) 1982, 1984 / Natural (NT) 1980–1981 / Polar White (PW) 1982–1984
Body type: Solid body
Body material: 1979: Mahogany w/ maple top 1980: Mahogany w/ curly maple top 1981–1984: Mahogany w/ flame maple top