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1983 AR550 PW
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The AR550 is an Artist series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1983. It was made in Japan.

The AR550 features an arched 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, a Gibraltar Tune-O-Matic style fixed bridge and Quik Change tailpiece with decorative "cloud" and VelveTune II 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 mini-toggle Duo Sound switch for each pickup with three settings: humbucker, single-coil or reverse phase.

The AR550 was sold only in Japan and was discontinued after 1984. It's believed that very few examples of this model were produced including perhaps as few as 38 with the polar white finish.

Specifications

Specifications for AR550
Year(s) produced: 1983–1984
Sold in: Japan
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Cherry Sunburst (CS) / Polar White (PW)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ 2-piece bookmatched flame maple top w/ binding
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
Bridge:
Gibraltar II (w/ sustain block)
Tailpiece:
Quik Change 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 II
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / boost knob / two Duo Sound mini toggles / three ±15 dB active EQ knobs

Images

Other available finishes
1983 AR550 CS
Cherry Sunburst
1983 AR550 PW-and-CS
Polar White & Cherry Sunburst

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