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Ibanez Artist Identification help please
vrb100
#1 Posted : 8/17/2017 5:46:11 PM

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Hi, We have taken this Artist in as a p/x and could do with some help identifying the model, we are thinking a 1996 AR300 or 305, possibly the 300 due to the cherry finish but we are thrown by the engraved pick-up covers, could be after-market but not sure, any help would be very much appreciated. Serial No: H960003
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#2 Posted : 8/19/2017 12:30:46 AM
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The serial number says it's a 1989. The bridge is from the late 70's/early 80's. The inlays and controls are that of an AR300/305. It's probably a 1989 AR300 that has had the Gibralter II bridge replaced with Gibralter I bridge and the Super 58 pickups swapped out for older "Flying Fingers" pickups.

It's also missing the black rubber "tires" from the control knobs. They look like Sure Grip II's with the rubber tires removed.
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#3 Posted : 8/19/2017 8:13:12 AM

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Thank you for your reply, especially your comment regarding the flying finger pickups, it has lead us to be able to narrow the guitar down to a 1996 AR300 Re-issue
http://www.ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/AR300_(1996–1998)
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#4 Posted : 8/19/2017 11:24:26 PM
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Ah, I see it was only available in Japan. That would explain why it is not in the catalog archive for models available here in the U.S.. Still the serial number though. Hmmm. Maybe they used a different serial number scheme on models exclusive to the Japan market.
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