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The AX48 is an Axstar series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1985. It was made in Japan.

The AX48 has a swoopy, pointy, X-style basswood body bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. Components include Ibanez pickups with a pair of Axstar humbuckers flanking an Axstar single-coil, an OGE1086TBR tremolo system with a string lock behind the nut and Smooth Tuner II machine heads. The neck and headstock are painted black.

The AX48's middle pickup is controlled via an individual volume control which allows the player to blend the middle pickup with any combination of the neck and/or bridge pickups.

The AX45 is a version with a neck single-coil. The AX40 is a similar model without the middle pickup. The AX38 is a similar model with a different tremolo system which doesn't employ a locking nut.

The AX48 was discontinued after 1985 in favor of a new line of headless Axstar models introduced for 1986.

Specifications

Specifications for AX48
Year(s) produced: 1985
Sold in: ??
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): White (WH)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
Bolt-on
Bridge:
OGE1086TFB tremolo
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
Axstar
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearloid dot
Frets:
22 / big
Nut:
Graphite w/ RNS string lock
Machine heads:
Smooth Tuner II
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
Axstar humbucker (H)
Middle pickup:
Axstar single coil (S)
Neck pickup:
Axstar humbucker (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle
AX45-48 controls
Control layout/function Red copyright sprite

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