For the 2007 reissue of this model, see AR5000RE.
1981 AR5000 AV
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The AR5000 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 AR5000 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 vine inlays. Components include dual Ibanez Super 58 humbucking pickups with gold/brass covers, a Gibraltar Tune-O-Matic style fixed bridge and tailpiece with decorative cloud ornament and VelveTune machine heads.

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 AR3000 is a similar Artist Limited Edition model with split block fretboard inlays. The AR500 shares similar electronics.

The AR5000 was discontinued after 1982. It believed that as few as 56 examples were produced. A reissue was offered in 2007.


Specifications for AR5000
Year(s) produced: 1980–1982
Sold in: Japan
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
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 vine
22 / medium
Half-bone/ half-brass
Machine heads:
Ibanez VelveTune
Pickup configuration:
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


Additional images
1982 AR5000 controls
Control layout
1982 AR5000 brass-knob
Machined brass control knob


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