For other AR300 versions, see AR300 (disambiguation).
1986 AR300 AV
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The AR300 is an Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1979. It was made in Japan.

The AR300 features a bound dish carved flame maple top on a double-cutaway mahogany body mated to a set-in three-piece maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with binding and pearl and abalone split block position markers. Components include dual Ibanez humbucking pickups with individual volume and tone controls and a fixed bridge and tailpiece. Each pickup has a Tri-sound switch with three pickup settings: humbucker, single-coil or reverse phase.

The AR300L is a left-handed version. The AR305 is a similar model with a burl mahogany top. The AR350T is a related model with a double locking tremolo bridge. The AR400 is a similar model with a 2-band Active Tone system. The AR200 is a related model with a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and with a single tri-sound switch.

The AR300 was discontinued after 1987, but another model with the same name was introduced in 1990.


Specifications for AR300 (1979–1987)
Model name: AR300 (1979–1987)
Year(s) produced: 1979–1987
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV) / Black (BK) 1979, 1984 / Cherry Sunburst (CS) 1980–1987 / Gold (GL) 1983
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ 2-piece bookmatched flame maple top w/ binding
BK finish: Mahogany w/ binding
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
1979–1982: Gibraltar (w/ sustain block)
1983–1987: Gibraltar II (w/ sustain block)
1979–1982: Gibraltar w/ plate
1983–1984: Quik Change II w/ plate
1985–1987: Quik Change II
Knob style:
Sure Grip II
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Neck material:
3-piece rock maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearloid/ Mexican abalone split block[1]
22 / medium
Half-bone/ half-brass
Machine heads:
1979–1982: Ibanez VelveTune
1983–1984: Ibanez VelveTune II
1985–1987: Ibanez Smooth Tuner II
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
1979–1980: Ibanez Super 80 (H)
1980–1987 Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Neck pickup:
1979–1980: Ibanez Super 80 (H)
1980–1987 Ibanez Super 58 (H)
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle / 2 Tri-sound switches
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


Additional finishes/ details
1979 AR300 BK
1982 AR300 CS
Cherry Sunburst
1983 AR300 GL
HH 3-way tri-sound
Pickup switching diagram
Controls 2V2T 3-way tri-sound
Control layout


  1. Artist series description, 1980 Ibanez catalog, page 4
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