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1979 AR400 AV
AR400 Antique Violin (more images) Red copyright sprite

The AR400 is an Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1979. It was made in Japan.

The AR400 features an arched 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 pearloid and abalone split block position markers. Components include dual Ibanez Super 80 humbucking pickups mounted in creme pickup rings, 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.

Controls consist of a master volume and (passive) tone and a Tri-sound switch for each pickup along with an Active Tone Circuit consisting of a 2-band ±15 dB active EQ (midrange and treble). An onboard 9V battery powers the active circuit.

The AR500 is a similar model with a 3-band EQ tone system with a gain adjustment. The AR300 is a related model without the Active Tone Circuit.

The AR400 was discontinued after 1980.

Specifications

Specifications for AR400
Year(s) produced: 1979–1980
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ maple top
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
Bridge:
Gibraltar (w/ sustain block)
Tailpiece:
Quik Change w/ "cloud" ornament
Knob style:
Sure Grip gold
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:
Bone
Machine heads:
VelveTune
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 80 (H) brass covered
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 80 (H) brass covered
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / two ±15 dB active EQ knobs (midrange, treble) / two Tri-sound switches

Images

1979 AR400 controls
Control layout Red copyright sprite

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