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#1 Posted : 11/13/2009 7:53:25 PM

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I have had this guitar since 1992 and have played it very little. It was used when I bought it from a pawn shop in Southern California and was, and still is in "like new" shape. Over the years several people have played it and wanted to buy it, but I didn't want to sell. Is it true that this is a copy so close to the 335 that Ibanez was sued, by Gibson and the guitar was only made for 2 yrs. I have seen an AM-50 on e-bay but have never seen another AS-50. The guitar plays sweet and I just want to know more about it. Can anyone help? THANKS
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#2 Posted : 11/13/2009 8:14:19 PM
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It would help if you could post a picture or provide some serial number information. But here's an AS50AV and specs from an Ibanez 1980's Catalog.
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#3 Posted : 11/13/2009 10:11:32 PM

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Hey, Thanks alot for the link to the catalog. It looks exactly like the AS-50AV pictured and the serial# is I824232. It doesn't have the AV at the end of the model type, but it does look just like the one in the catalog.
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#5 Posted : 11/14/2009 2:01:01 AM

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Thanks Tracy! do you know how many years the AS-50 was in production. I like the action on this guitar alot, but it seems like the lower E rest a little bit low in the nut. I dont think its from wear at all, so it must of come from the factory like that.
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#6 Posted : 11/14/2009 7:46:08 AM
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As Tracy said, the AV stands for the "Antique Violin" finish.

I believe that your serial number indicates that your guitar is a 1982 model. Here is a link to the 1982 Ibanez Full-Acoustic Electric Guitars catalog. Apparently Ibanez was moving into using their own design at this time. You can see that the AS50AV still has the Gib$on shape (rounder horns and rounder lower bout), whereas the AS100 and AS200 have the current AS shape (pointier horns and less rounded lower bout).
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#7 Posted : 11/14/2009 1:46:54 PM

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Thanks ALL for your help. I now know a bit more about this beautiful 27 yr old. I think I'll just hang on to it a while longer. After checking my calender closer, I bought this guitar from the pawn shop in 1985 for 150.00. SWEET
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#8 Posted : 11/14/2009 4:48:17 PM
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Yeah, I think you've got a nice guitar there. Good acquisition, worth holding on to in my opinion. How about posting a few pictures on the forum for us? Pray
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#9 Posted : 11/14/2009 7:18:50 PM

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Well, I messed around for an hour trying to figure out how to get the NOW, tiny pictures into this post. After I finally got them to upload, I have no idea where they are. [img][/img]
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#10 Posted : 11/14/2009 7:20:34 PM

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There they are!!!!!
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#11 Posted : 11/14/2009 7:53:54 PM
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Definitely sweet! Clap


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#12 Posted : 12/16/2009 7:23:14 AM

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Hi all, I have an '81 AS -50 that I bought new when working in a Saturday job at my local music shop. It's absolutley identikit to the one in the '82 catalogue at http://www.ibanez.co.jp/...hp?cat_id=65&now=7, with cream V-2 pickups and speed knobs rather than top hats. I've gigged with it continuously ever since, about 100 gigs per year and it's been all over the world. It's still mainly in great shape (the case isn't though!) and compares favourably with my 70's ES-335. Slightly thinner neck than the Gibson. Also the V-2s sre a little lighter in tone and response. (And in weight - the body size is just a fraction smaller, which feels nice and ballanced). Nearly 30 years constant playing has caused a bit of fret wear though so it's off for a refret. (as soon as the '72 ES-345 I've aquired to console me while the AS-50 is away gets properly set up). I'll bang a picture up when my camera battery is charged!
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