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1982 AR1200 AV
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The AR1200 is a double neck Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1979. It was also known as the Artist Twin. It was made in Japan.

The AR1200 has both a six string and twelve string neck. It features an arched double-cutaway body mated to a pair of set-in three-piece maple necks with a 22-fret ebony fingerboards with binding and pearloid dot position markers. Components include dual Ibanez humbucking pickups for each neck mounted in creme pickup rings with individual volume and tone controls, a pair of Gibraltar Tune-O-Matic style bridges and Quik Change tailpieces with ornamental scalloped plates, rubberized Sure Grip control knobs, Smooth Tuner machine heads and individual outputs for each neck.

When it was introduced the AR1200 had a mahogany body with a maple top; for 1982 this was changed to a solid ash body. The pickups initially were Super 80 humbuckers with brass covers; 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. Also for 1983, Sure Grip II control knobs replaced the original Sure Grip knobs.

The AR1200 weighs in at roughly 15½ pounds (7 kg).[1]

The AR1200 was discontinued after 1984.

Specifications

Specifications for AR1200
Year(s) produced: 1979–1984
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
1979–1980: Mahogany w/ maple top
1981–1984: Ash
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
Bridge:
1979–1982: Gibraltar (w/ sustain block)
1983–1984: Gibraltar II (w/ sustain block)
Tailpiece:
1979–1982: Quik Change w/ plate
1983–1984: Quik Change II w/ plate
Knob style:
1979–1982: Sure Grip
1983–1984: Sure Grip II
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
AR
Neck material:
3-piece rock maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearloid dot
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Half-bone/ half-brass
Machine heads:
Smooth Tuner
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
1979–1980: Ibanez Super 80 (H) brass covered
1981–1984 Ibanez Super 58 (H) brass covered
Neck pickup:
1979–1980: Ibanez Super 80 (H) brass covered
1981–1984 Ibanez Super 58 (H) brass covered
Controls:
6-string: Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle / two mini-toggle Tri-sound switches
12-string: Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle / two mini-toggle Tri-sound switches
Both: 3-way neck selector (6 string/ both/ 12 string) / master volume

Images

1983 AR1200 controls
Controls Red copyright sprite

Sources

  1. 1980 Series catalog (page 7)
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