I’m not that good at this, so I’ll apologize before you might get frustrated.
Are you selling any of your Ibanez guitars?
My girl wants to buy me a 1980’s Ibanez Artist 300-500. Reason being,
In 1981 I purchased my very first and very own guitar. And yes, I purchased a 1981 Ibanez Artist 300 sunburst colour from Long & Maquade and I paid $320.
Sadly enough in 1983, a Freind of mine asked me if he can use my Ibanez for a gig he had that evening. To shorten the story. 4 months have gone by and no guitar. I asked for my Ibanez and I found out at that moment that he had an addiction to “H”. I never saw my guitar again.
It had left a hole in my heart for 34 years and now my girlfriend wants to get me one for my birthday.
They are hard to get in good condition and at a reasonable price.
Can you help?
I don't have any guitars I'm trying to part with at the moment, and I don't own any early 80's Artists (though I'd love to). I have an AR2619 which is essentially a reissue of the AR300 and it's a fantastic guitar. I'm sorry to hear the story about yours. It sounds like your heart was in the right place trying to help out a friend.
I'm guessing you're in Canada, so your best bet is maybe Kijiji (if you get lucky and happen to find one locally) or Reverb. I'd expect to pay in the range of US$1,000–1,500 for a decent AR300. Good luck with your search!