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The AX70 is an Axstar series headless solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1986. It was made in Japan by Chushin Gakki.[1]

The Axstar series features a headless design with a tailpiece tuning mechanism located on the body behind the bridge rather than on the headstock as in a more conventional design. The guitar's design is credited to Mace Bailey, who was the chief designer at Ibanez's US distributor Hoshino USA in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.[2]

The AX70 has a smallish, offset double-cutaway alder body with a maple top mated to a set-in maple neck with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard with dot position markers. Components include dual Ibanez active Lo-Z humbucking pickups and a fixed bridge. Controls consist of a master volume, a high-boost equalizer and a 3-way pickup toggle.

The AX75 is a similar model with a humbucker/single/single pickup configuration.

The AX70 was discontinued after 1986 along with the rest of the Axstar line.

Specifications

Specifications for AX70
Model name: AX70
Year(s) produced: 1986
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black (BK) / Cosmic Blue (CB) / Metallic Red (MR)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Alder w/ maple top
Neck joint:
Set-in w/ smooth heel
Bridge:
Headless type fixed
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
Axstar
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony
Fingerboard inlays:
White dot
Frets:
24
Machine heads:
Axstar Special tail end tuning system
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Lo-Z active (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Lo-Z active (H)
Controls:
Master volume / high boost EQ / 3-way toggle

Images

Additional finishes/ details
Cosmic Blue
1986 AX70 MR
Metallic Red
86-axstar-string-adjustment
Bridge adjustments
Axstar wiring diagram
Wiring diagram[3]
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Sources

  1. Off with her head! (1986 Ibanez Axstar AX75 electric guitar); Michael Wright; My Rare Guitars (blog); May 1, 2008; archived from the original April 2016
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  3. Captain Ibanez, What about the Axstar? (forum post), Ibanez Collector's World, archived from the original March 2008
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