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    NGD - '79 Artist AR-300

    I originally sold my mid '70s LPC to get one of these in '80, and it was my main guitar until '89 when I foolishly sold it to buy a Jem. Buying the Jem was a great idea, selling the Artist was not - just adding that for clarity. In my personal opinion, these are much, much nicer guitars than the '70s era Les Pauls.

    Like my original March of '80 AR-300, this December '79 Artist is a transitional period guitar as Ibanez went from the Model 2619 to the AR-300. It has all of the 2619 specific traits (thinner body, smoother neck heal, Super 80 pickups, neck pickup a little closer to the fretboard) and only the slightly altered headstock inlay that all AR-300s would have, and straight slots in the cloud tailpiece as opposed to the slightly angled (for looks) slots of the 2619.

    Body is mahogany with an extremely non-flamed maple top , 3 piece mahogany neck, ebony board, abalone and mother pearl inlays, bone and brass nut, and the adjustable velve-tune tuners. Pickups have humbucking/parallel/single coil 3 way switches.

    Guitar is in amazing shape for a'79, with only 2 dings, one visible on the front in the pic by the end pin, and comes in a very respectable condition original case.

    As with the Jem thread, I am working from home so will have more and better pics later, but here's one to start it off.

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    Ohhh, me likey.

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    super dope, I very nearly bought an artist over my ce but I decided I liked the ce a little more. I'm on the hunt for one of the ams now.

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    Gorgeous guitar.

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    Last edited by noodles; 07-18-2014 at 03:50 PM.
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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Those guitars kick ass. A friend of mine in HS had one and I went over to his house just to play it. (Well, and to ogle his sister.) I agree that in general they're better than '70s LPs.

    Later I bought a Musician instead of buying one of these. Bad choice on my part. Nice score!

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