For the later model with the same name, see AR500 (1990–1992).
1981 AR500 AV
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The AR500 is an Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1979. It was made in Japan.

The AR500 features an arched maple top with creme binding 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, a Gibraltar Tune-O-Matic style fixed bridge and tailpiece with decorative "cloud" and VelveTune machine heads.

For 1980 the plain maple top was replaced with a curly maple top; this figured top was alternately described as flame or tiger maple throughout the run. Pickups are listed variously as Super 58 or Super 80 depending on the year and catalog.

Controls consist of a master volume and (passive) tone and a Tri-sound switch for each pickup along with an active EQ Tone System consisting of a ±6 dB boost (gain) knob and a 3-band ±15 dB active EQ (bass, middle, treble). A toggle allows the EQ system, which is powered by a 9V battery, to be activated along with an LED indicator.

The AR400 is a related model with a 2-band Active Tone system.

The AR500 was discontinued after 1982, but another model with the same name debuted in 1990. The AR550 is a similar model introduced in 1983.


Specifications for AR500 (1979–1982)
Model name: AR500 (1979–1982)
Year(s) produced: 1979–1982
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV) / Black (BK) 1979 / Cherry Sunburst (CS) 1980
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
1979: Mahogany w/ maple top & creme binding
1980–1982: Mahogany w/ 2-piece bookmatched curly/flame/tiger maple top & creme binding
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
Gibraltar (w/ sustain block)
Quik Change
Knob style:
Sure Grip
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Neck material:
3-piece rock maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearloid/ abalone split block
22 / medium
Half-bone/ half-brass
Machine heads:
Ibanez VelveTune
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
1979: Ibanez Super 80 (H)
1980: Ibanez Super 58 or Super 80 (H)
1981–1982: Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Neck pickup:
1979: Ibanez Super 80 (H)
1980: Ibanez Super 58 or Super 80 (H)
1981–1982: Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Master volume / master tone / two Tri-sound switches / gain (boost) knob / three ±15 dB active EQ knobs (bass, mid, treble) / EQ on/off switch w/ LED indicator


Other available finishes & additional images
1979 AR500 BK
1982 AR500 CS
Cherry Sunburst
1982 AR500 controls
Control layout


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