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1980 AS400 AV
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The AS400 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1980. It was made in Japan by FujiGen.

The AS400 features a semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with neck-through-body construction. It has a mahogany and maple neck mated to an arched maple top with ƒ holes and ivory multi-binding on maple back and sides with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with ivory binding and pearl and abalone split block position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 70-A humbucking pickups with gold covers and individual volume and tone controls and a Tri-sound switch for the neck, black pickup rings, a Tune-o-matic style ST bridge, a Quik Change tailpiece, a bone nut, a tortoise shell pickguard, Sure Grip knobs, and VelveTune tuning machines with ivory buttons.

The AS200 is a similar model with a set-in neck and ivory pickup rings.

The AS400 was offered for only one year. The neck-through construction, which is very rare (perhaps unique) among Ibanez hollow-body guitars, combined with the limited production run combine to make this one of the most ardently sought after semi-hollow guitars among Ibanez collectors.

Specifications

Specifications for AS400
Year(s) produced: 1980
Sold in: Europe
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin (AV)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 480mm / 16½"[1]
  Width: 406mm / 13⅞"[1]
  Depth: 44mm / 1¾"
Top:

  Material: Maple
  Binding: Ivory multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple

Neck joint:
Neck-thru
Bridge:
ST
Tailpiece:
Quik Change
Pickguard:
Tortoise shell
Knob style:
Sure Grip (gold)
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
AS
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl/ abalone split block
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Bone (43mm)
Machine heads:
VelveTune
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):
.013/.016/.022/.032/.042/.052
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

  1. 1.0 1.1 1982 Artist Stagemaster catalog (page 2)
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