Any Late 70's Early 80's Ibanez Artist Owners?

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  1. Biff Maloy

    Biff Maloy Well-Known Member

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    I'm second owner. I bought this one off a co-worker over 20 years ago. AR100 with Super 58 pickups. It has always played and sounded great and better than some LP's I've tried. It had been tucked away for a while but had a go with it and my SV20H (Cranked!!) this weekend. Nice open PAF tone and bite. It's not a high end model but it has a lot going for it. I only paid $200.

    Edit: Mine's a 1982


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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Not an Artist owner but have an Ibanez Roadstar II, bought new in 1984. I dont play it much today but it served me well as my main guitar for 20 years. Highly customized it through the years too. :yesway:

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  3. Detlef

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    I have a 1978 Artist 2622 (the Steve Miller guitar) with the original Flying Finger pick-ups. Great sound, very bright and an immense sustain with the Gibraltar bridge. Currently the active pre-amp/eq is disabled. I will leave it like this, because the sound is great and the pre-amp adds noise. First and probably last owner. Great guitar, I had to replace the beautifull original tuners. The only disadvantage I think the neck is not very stiff.

    At the moment I am moving/rebuilding and the guitar is in the new place. If I can I will try to make a picture.
     
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    I had an Artist 2618, the 24 fret dot neck model with Super 58 pickups...quickly swapped out for DiMarzio SD's.

    Cheesy YT clip for evidence.

     
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    I have a '80 AR100 in antique violin and a '82 AR50 in black. I bought the AR100 in '84 and it was my main axe for 25 years. Picked up the AR50 2 years ago for $450.
     
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    Maggot Brain Well-Known Member

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    I've always loved the look of those Ibanez and the feel and playability was fantastic on everyone I've picked up.

    Not an Artist or Ibanez branded but I have a '78 Antoria FujiGen CBS Strat copy, Ibanez was putting out some incredible guitars back then.
     
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    1978 Artist Model 2640 Antique Violin

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    1979 Ibanez Artist Model 2640 Antique Violin

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    I bought the '78 at Rudy's on 48th St., NYC around 1980.

    It was $1k.

    I bought the '79 at Norm's Music in Brooklyn, NY in the mid 90's.

    Norm is a good friend.
    He charged me $500.00 for the '79:locked:

    Both were used.:eek:
     
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    '78 2635:agreed: 20210413_150620.jpg
     
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    I like me some “Ibby’s”.......Don’t know what the one’s I have are worth, but I do enjoy them...
    Most of what I own are “Ibby’s”.....And I have no clue why, but I have 2 ART 100’S that are as cheap as they get, but with the pups that were put in when I first got them, they sure do get alot of play time..:cheers:
     
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  11. Biff Maloy

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    I've been fine tuning mine since i got it out. I don't know where my head was years ago with how I had the pickups set. Seems like that may have been my Fender amp phase. I've lowered them considerably. I haven't spent this much time with it in a while. I like how it's not quite a Les Paul tone wise. Different.
     
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    me playing a party in around 1984? I was a Jr in Highschool...

    artist.jpg

    looking pretty toasted. It was a keg party & when we started, there was about a dozen of us there & we were guzzling straight off the tap nozzle...
     
  13. Biff Maloy

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    Brings memories from those same years. Nice looking Artist!!
     
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    Dogs of Doom Moderator Staff Member

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    I loved that guitar. A couple years later, my whole music life changed around & I became an in-demand bass player, because I traded my other guitar for bass gear & was off & running.

    Another guy I knew was making the switch to guitar from bass (as was the 1st guy I traded), & he had a BC Rich Warlock bass. I never got on w/ that thing & regretted it.

    When we traded, we had a deal, where, if either of us weren't happy, we would trade back.

    A couple months after the trade, the other guy got in a car accident. The guitar was loose in the car, not in the case & the neck was broken in 5 spots & broken from the body, as well as a beheading...

    So, I knew at that point, I was never going to get it back.

    He would have gladly traded back! :nutkick:

    I think he ended up throwing it out, maybe scrapping hardware, etc...
     
  15. Biff Maloy

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    What a shame.
     

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