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For the later model with the same name, see BL500 (1995).
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The BL500 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 BL500 features an ash body bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret rock maple fingerboard with black dot position markers. Components include three Ibanez Super Tap 6 single coil pickups mounted in a black pickguard with a coil-tap toggle and 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 and a white pickguard and pickup covers were adopted.

The BL550 is a similar model with a tremolo bridge. The BL400 is a related model without the coil-tap functionality and with chrome hardware.

The BL500 was discontinued after 1982 along with the entire Blazer line.

Specifications

Specifications for BL500 (1981–1982)
Model name: BL500 (1981–1982)
Year(s) produced: 1981-1982
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Fire Red (FR) / Regal Blue (RB)
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:
Gold
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 Tap 6 (S)
Middle pickup:
Ibanez Super Tap 6 (S)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super Tap 6 (S)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector / Coil-tap toggle / 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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Regal Blue 1981
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Fire Red 1981
Controls VT5 Coil-tap Phase.png
Controls layout

Sources

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