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For the more recent model of the same name, see AS180 (2014).
1997 AS180 SBS
AS180 Stained Sunburst Red copyright sprite

The AS180 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1997. It was made in Japan by FujiGen.

The AS180 features a semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with an arched laminated maple top with ƒ holes and ivory multi-binding on maple back and sides with a maple center block mated to a set-in mahogany and maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 58 humbucking pickups with chrome covers and individual volume and tone controls and a Tri-sound switch for the neck, black pickup rings, a Tune-o-matic style Gibraltar II bridge, a Quik Change II tailpiece, a bone nut, a tortoise shell pickguard, Sure Grip knobs, and Gotoh tuning machines with pearloid buttons.

Some AS180 labels had "AAS180" stamped on the label. It's believed that this was just an error in the creation of the label and there is no difference to these "AAS180" examples.

The AS200 is a similar model with a flamed maple body, an ebony fretboard with split block inlays and gold hardware. The AS100 is a similar predecessor.

The AS180 was discontinued after 1999.

Specifications

Specifications for AS180 (1997–1999)
Year(s) produced: 1997–1999
Sold in: Asia & S. America / Europe / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Stained Sunburst (SBS)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 419mm / 16½"
  Width: 352mm / 13⅞"
  Depth: 44mm / 1¾"
Top:

  Material: Maple (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Gibraltar II
Tailpiece:
Quik Change II
Pickguard:
Tortoise shell
Knob style:
Sure Grip II (black)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Artstar AS
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Ivory dot
Frets:
22 / medium (SBB213) (Prestige edge treatment)
Nut:
Bone (43mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38 w/ pearloid buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle / Tri-sound switch for neck pickup
Output jack:
¼" stereo box (face mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046 (round wound)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional details
HH-3-way single-tri-sound
Pickup switching
Controls JSM10
Control layout

Sources

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