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The BL400 is a Blazer series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1981. It was made in Japan by Dyna Gakki. The Blazer series is a line of guitars with styling similar to the Fender Stratocaster.

The BL400 features an ash body bolted to a rock maple neck with a 21-fret maple fingerboard with black dot position markers. Components include three Ibanez Super 6 single coil pickups mounted in a black pickguard with a phase switch for the middle pickup, a brass Accu-Cast fixed bridge and Smooth Tuner II machine heads.

For 1982 the body material was changed to birch and basswood with an opaque finish and a white pickguard and pickup covers were adopted.

The BL300 is a similar model with Blazer SB pickups. The BL450 is a related model with a tremolo bridge and gold hardware. The BL500 is a related model with coil-tap functionality for the pickups and gold hardware.

The BL400 was discontinued after 1982 along with the entire Blazer line.

Specifications

Specifications for BL400
Model name: BL400
Year(s) produced: 1981-1982
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black (BK) 1981 / Brown Sunburst (BS) 1981 / Burgundy (BY) 1982 / Traditional Violin (TV) 1981
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
1981: Solid ash
1982: Birch and basswood
Neck joint:
Bolt-on w/ metal plate
Bridge:
Accu-Cast fixed
Pickguard:
1981: Black/ white/ black
1982: White/ black/ white
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome (solid brass)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Blazer
Neck material:
One-piece rock maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Maple
Fingerboard inlays:
Black dot
Frets:
21
Machine heads:
Smooth Tuner II
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
SSS
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 6 (S)
Middle pickup:
Ibanez Super 6 (S)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 6 (S)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector / Phase toggle
Output jack:
¼" mono (top mounted)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
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Brown Sunburst 1981
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Traditional Violin 1981
Burgundy 1982
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Controls layout
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