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For the other models with the same name, see AS50 (disambiguation).
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The AS50 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1980. It was made in Japan by FujiGen. It is also referred to as the AS-50.

The AS50 features a semi-hollow, double cutaway body which is 15% smaller than the other AS models. It's more similar in size to the AM series which was introduced in 1982.

The AS50 has a laminated maple top with ƒ holes and ivory binding on maple back and sides with a hard rock maple center block mated to a set-in birch neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and pearl dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez V2 humbucking pickups with chrome covers and individual volume and tone controls, black pickup rings, a Tune-o-matic style ST bridge, a Quik Change tailpiece, a bone nut, a black pickguard, speed knobs, and VelveTune II machine heads.

Several changes were introduced for 1982 including a mahogany neck, Ibanez Super 58 pickups and Sure Grip knobs

The AS55 is a similar model with a V2 pickup at the bridge and a Super 58 at the neck. The AS100 is a related model with a larger body, ebony fretboard and different pickups.

The AS50 was discontinued after 1982. The somewhat similar AM50 (1982–1984) was introduced in 1982.

Specifications

Specifications for AS50 (1980–1982)
Year(s) produced: 1980–1982
Sold in: Europe / USA
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Antique Violin Sunburst (AV) / Cherry (CH) 1981
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Top:

  Material: Maple (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
ST
Tailpiece:
Quik Change
Pickguard:
Black bakelite
Knob style:
1980–1981: Speed (2354 TV) gold
1982: Sure Grip gold
Hardware color:
Nichrome
Neck
Neck type:
Artstar AS
Neck material:
1980–1981: 3-piece birch
1982: 1-piece mahogany
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot
Frets:
22 / medium (VelveTouch edge treatment)
Nut:
Bone (43mm)
Machine heads:
VelveTune II
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
1980–1981: Ibanez V2 passive(H)
1982: Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/ Alnico III
Neck pickup:
1980–1981: Ibanez V2 passive(H)
1982: Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/ Alnico III
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
Output jack:
¼" mono (face mounted)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
1981 AS50 CH
Cherry
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3 1982-AS50-AS100
Control layout

Sources

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