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1983 Ibanez Artist

ch willie

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Worked my bum off at a trashy convenience store for six months in 1981 to buy an Ibanez Artist.

It was beautiful and sounded wonderful. I swore I'd always keep it.

I sold it to buy a girl a ring. She preferred getting ringed by several other guys.

I had no guitar, no girl, and no ring.

Last year, I bought an Ibanez and I love it as much as the one that got away--I mean the guitar, not the girl who got multiple ringings.

Licks are rough because I have arthritis and wish I could buy new hands. Maybe if I sold a girlfriend....


 

Señor Verde

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Sounded nice man! I had an '86 AR300 and an '86 AS80. Those old Japanese Ibanez sounded great. Although, both mine were prohibitively heavy and had very slim-taperish necks. They looked and sounded great though. Congrats on the score!
 

ch willie

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Thanks SV. I replaced the harness with 57 wiring. The pickups are the original Japanese ones, so they're different but equally great.

I'd say the Artist is at least a hearty 11lbs+. I don't gig much anymore, so I won't be slinging it around my neck, and I have much lighter guitars for live gigs.

I'm pretty much in love with it. It's easy on my hands.
 

Winkyplayer

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Loved those Ibanez guitars as a teenager. Seriously thought about buying one from that time period just recently. They're not giving away the late 70s/ Early 80s models, though.
 

jb_abides

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I've got an 81. Took some time to find a lefty.

Really dug it since a childhood friend had one, back in the 80s!

Also was always after one following the magazine articles, just never could find a lefty so my first electric was a MIJ 62 Reissue Tele. There are worse things.

I'd still love to get a lefty AR300... they are out there but rare.

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ch willie

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I think I remember that ad. If not, i saw similar. Mine has different stock pickups. I hadn't expected the guitar to sound this great, nice surprise. It's moving up the list to the top five of my six strings.
 

ch willie

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I'm so glad that you guys know how great these guitars are. I was getting it out of nostalgia, not because I thought it'd be worth a shart. Now it's a serious contender. It sounds good clean or dirty. I just turned 60. Wish I'd found one like this 10 years ago. But maybe I'll get 10 years out of it....
 

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I had two many years ago. The first was a 335-esque style, the second was the solid body but it had a built in distortion circuit. Well built guitars at the very least though they had binding crumble issues.
 

ch willie

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Stop that, Wilco. I've just bought an Explorer bass and have a sixer Explorer on it's way. I don't NEED Iceman GAS.

It is beautiful, really beautiful. Did it play well?
 

Wilko

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Stop that, Wilco. I've just bought an Explorer bass and have a sixer Explorer on it's way. I don't NEED Iceman GAS.

It is beautiful, really beautiful. Did it play well?
It was a lovely instrument. Very well built and set up great. Sold it a few years back. Being a ‘78 that was pre “Iceman”. Was an artist model IC-300.

Past on one with the weird three coil single pickup and never forgave myself so when o saw this i snatched it up.

A bit too pointy for me so I let it go to a good home.
 

ch willie

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I wasn't into pointy ones til I traded a crappy bass for a Jackson Kelly Bird. I've always loved Explorers, but now I'm hooked on them.. I play 0 metal, and am off playing rock and pop at the moment too. Just playing originals, jazz, and classical. Pointy basses sound great with that stuff.
 

brandtkronholm

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Super 70s with the stamped covers and older script logo.

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Dang, I love the look of these, especially the violin/amber/tobacco style sunburst finish.
I'd love a 24-fret model with the Butterfly pickup-covers, just like the one pictured in this ad.
However, I've not found one that had a neck I found comfortable enough to justify the purchase.
Dang.

These things still have great bang-for-thre-buck!
Thanks for posting the old advertisements!
 
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