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1981 AS55 RD
AS55 Cherry Red copyright sprite

The AS55 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1981. It was made in Japan by FujiGen and was a spot model which never appeared in a catalog. It is also referred to as the AS-55.

The AS55 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 AS55 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. Electronics consist of a pair of Ibanez humbucking pickups with an uncovered V2 at the bridge and a Super 58 with chrome cover at the neck, the pickups have individual volume and tone controls and are mounted in black pickup rings. Other componentes include a Tune-o-matic style ST bridge, a Quik Change tailpiece, a bone nut, a black pickguard, speed knobs, and VelveTune II machine heads.

The AS50 shares the same body as the AS55 but has a pair of V2 pickups and lacks the decorative inlay on the headstock. The AS100 is a related model with a larger body, ebony fretboard and different pickups.

The AS55 was offered only in 1981.

Specifications

Specifications for AS55
Model name: AS55 / AS-55
Year(s) produced: 1981
Sold in: ??
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Cherry (CH)
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:
Speed (2354 TV) gold
Hardware color:
Nichrome
Neck
Neck type:
Artstar AS
Neck material:
3-piece birch
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:
Ibanez V2 passive(H)
Neck pickup:
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
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3 1982-AS50-AS100
Control layout

Sources

  • Rare AS55!; Ibanez Collectors World (forum); March 24, 2015
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