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.