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The SS500 is an Artcore Solid Top series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2010. It was made in China. For 2013 it was transitioned to the Artstar Solid Top series.

The SS500 features a full-hollow body design with a solid spruce top with ƒ holes and cream multi-binding on flamed maple back and sides with a single Florentine cutaway mated to a set-in maple and walnut neck with a 20-fret ebony fingerboard with cream binding and no position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 58 humbucking pickups with gold covers, an ART-W bridge with wooden saddle and base, a VT04 tailpiece with wooden cover, a bone nut, a bakelite pickguard with rosewood veneer, rosewood knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines with ebony half moon buttons.

The SJ500 is a similar model with a slightly larger body and a more rounded cutaway.

The SS500 was discontinued in 2013. It was replaced by the SS300.

Specifications

Specifications for SS500
Year(s) produced: 2010–2013
Sold in: Japan
Made in: China
Finish(es): Dark Violin Sunburst (DVS)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 483mm / 19"
  Width: 381mm / 15"
  Depth: 110mm / 4⅓"
Top:

  Material: Solid spruce
  Binding: Cream/black multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Flamed maple

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
ART-W w/ wooden saddle & base (10.4mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
VT04 w/ custom SS wooden cover
Pickguard:
Rosewood
Knob style:
Rosewood bell
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
Artcore SS
Neck material:
5-piece maple/ walnut
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ cream binding
Fingerboard inlays:
None
Frets:
20 / medium
Nut:
Bone (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ ebony half moon buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.011/.015/.022w/.030/.040/.050 flatwound
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional details
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3
Control layout

Sources

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