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For the earlier model with the same name, see AS80 (1983–1987).
2002 AS80 VB
AS80 Vintage Burst (more images) Red copyright sprite

The AS80 is an Artstar series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1994. It was made in South Korea. It was originally believed to be produced by Samick, with production moving to Cort sometime in 1995.[1]

The AS80 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 center block mated to a set-in maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and abalone dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 50 humbucking pickups with chrome covers and individual volume and tone controls, black pickup rings, a Tune-o-matic style Full Tune bridge, a stop tailpiece, a plastic nut, a black pickguard, speed knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

For 1996 the bridge was changed to the Full Tune II. Several changes were introduced for 1997: the AS80 adopted a new shape with the more pointed horns of the AS200 and the pickups were changed to Super 58s.

The AS50 is a similar model with different pickups and a bolt-on neck. The AS120 is a related model with split block fretboard inlays and gold hardware. The AF80 is a related full-hollow, single-cutaway model.

The AS80 was discontinued after 2003.

Specifications

Specifications for AS80 (1994–2002)
Year(s) produced: 1994–2002
Sold in: Asia & S. America (1995) / Europe (1994) / Japan (1999) / USA
Made in: South Korea
Finish(es): Butterscotch Transparent (BT) 1997–1999 / Natural (NT) 1995–1996 / Vintage Burst (VB) 1997–2002 / Vintage Sunburst (VS) 1994–1996
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 464mm / 18¼"
  Width: 406mm / 16"
  Depth: 43mm / 1.69" (at tail)
Top:

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

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
1994–1995: Full Tune
1996–2002: Full Tune II
Tailpiece:
Stop tailpiece
Pickguard:
3-ply: Black/ white/ black
Knob style:
Speed (black)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Artstar AS
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Abalone dot
Frets:
22 / medium (SBB213)
Nut:
Plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
1994–1996: Ibanez Super 50 bridge (H)
1997–2002: Ibanez Super 58 bridge (H)
Neck pickup:
1994–1996: Ibanez Super 50 neck (H)
1997–2002: Ibanez Super 58 neck (H)
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
Output jack:
¼" mono (face mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042 (round wound)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
1998 AS80 BT
Butterscotch Transparent
1996 AS80 NT
Natural
1994 AS80 VS
Vintage Sunburst
1994 AS80 parts list
Parts list[2]
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3 hollow
Control layout

Sources

  1. Factory's that produced Artstars in Korea?, Ibanez Collector's World (forum), archived October 2018
  2. 1994 Parts Catalog (page 26)
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