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The AR330 is an Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1982. It was made in Japan by FujiGen and was a spot model which never appeared in a catalog.

The AR330 features a bound dish carved birdseye 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 a pair of Ibanez Super 58 humbucking pickups with individual volume and tone controls, a Tune-o-matic style Gibraltar bridge with embedded sustain block and tailpiece and VelveTune machine heads with pearloid buttons. Each pickup has a Tri-sound switch with three pickup settings: humbucker, single-coil or reverse phase.

The AR300 is a similar regular production model with a flamed maple top. Limited edition finishes of the AR300 in Black and Gold were produced simultaneously with the AR330.[1] It was stated that only 80 examples were produced, but it's unclear whether that meant 80 of each or a total of 80 of all three variants combined.

The AR330 was produced only in 1982.

Specifications

Specifications for AR330
Model name: AR330
Year(s) produced: 1982
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Cherry Sunburst (CS)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ 2-piece bookmatched birdseye maple top w/ binding
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
Bridge:
Gibraltar (w/ sustain block)
Tailpiece:
Gibraltar w/ "cloud" ornament
Knob style:
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 & abalone split block
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Half-bone/ half-brass
Machine heads:
Ibanez VelveTune w/ pearloid buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Controls:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector / 2 Tri-sound switches
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional details
HH 3-way tri-sound.png
Pickup switching diagram
Controls 2V2T 3-way tri-sound.png
Control layout
AR330 AR300-BK AR300-GL ad.jpg
Ad in Japanese Guitar magazine[1]
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Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Abuman's AR330, Our AR's (Artist registry), archived August 2020
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