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For the later model with the same name, see AR3000 (2004–2005).
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The AR3000 is an Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1980. It was made in Japan as a limited edition model.

The AR3000 features an arched maple top with ivoroid and abalone binding on a double-cutaway mahogany body mated to a set-in three-piece hard rock maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with binding and pearl and Mexican abalone split block position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 58 humbucking pickups with gold/brass covers, a Gibraltar Tune-O-Matic style fixed bridge and tailpiece with decorative cloud ornament, a half-bone/ half-brass nut, and VelveTune machine heads. The body has a hand-rubbed lacquer finish.

Controls consist of a master volume and tone, a ±6 dB boost knob, 3-band ±15 dB active EQ knobs (bass, middle, treble) and a Tri-sound switch for each pickup. A toggle allows the EQ system to be activated along with an LED indicator.

It was part of the Artist Limited Edition series which began as guitars produced only for industry shows to showcase the pinnacle of Ibanez's capabilities. Response to them was so great that the company decided to put them into limited production.

The AR5000 is a similar Artist Limited Edition model with pearl vine fretboard inlays. The AR500 is a regular production model with similar features.

The AR3000 was discontinued after 1981. The name was revived in 2004, but that later model lacks the Artist EQ electronics.


Specifications for AR3000 (1980–1981)
Model name: AR3000
Year(s) produced: 1980–1982
Sold in: Europe / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ 2-piece bookmatched curly/flame maple top, ivoroid/abalone binding, & lacquer finish
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
Gibraltar w/ sustain block
Quik Change
Knob style:
Machined brass Sure Grip style
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Neck material:
3-piece rock maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl/ Mexican abalone split block
22 / medium
Half & Half nut
Machine heads:
Ibanez VelveTune
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Master volume / master tone / gain (boost) knob / three ±15 dB active EQ knobs (bass, mid, treble) / two Tri-sound switches / EQ on/off switch w/ LED indicator
Output jack:
¼" mono side mounted w/ square plate


Additional images
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Control layout
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Machined brass control knob