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Shane P
Posted on Friday, January 19, 2001 - 6:29 pm:   

I have an opportunity to purcase two lawsuit Ibanez electrics, both from 1975.The first is an SG replica with a bigsby style trem and is in very good condition except for a small lacquer crack on the body an non original tuners.

The second is a LP custom black beauty copy,bolt on. Non original tuners ovation?? and non original pickups, one looks like a Dimarzio, some rust on the plate on the neck and apart from that good condition. Both are definitely 1975. Both play well. an sound good.Both are supplied without case. The guy is asking Aud$800 for both not negotiable.

These are getting harder to come buy in recent years and I am wondering if I should pull the trigger.To Mark, Spiro, John and others what should I do, What should I tell my wife for gods sake! I am running out of hiding places for guitars. I also know that as these getting much harder to find if I don't move quickly, they'll be gone.So whats the verdict pass or play.
Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2001 - 8:22 am:   


Are you saying that you can get both for $800 or both for $1600?

If you could only get one, I'd ask if you have an LP or SG already? If so, go for variety and get the other one.

Do you want them as players or collectibles? If collectible, then the SG is only in need of original era tuners to make it "right". Pickups for a '75 LP replica might be very hard to come by. If only interested in players, pick the one that sounds best (or makes you look cool!)

What should you tell the wife? Hmmm...whatever it is, it better be whispered soft and low into her ear and accompanied with some sort of gift offering! J
Shane P
Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2001 - 11:46 am:   

Thanks for the reply, firstly it was $800 for the pair. I already have a 74 setneck LP and a PF400 which also is similar, so the SG would be nice. The trem might even help the cool factor as you mention.The bolt on LP is mighty nice however.

To really complicate my life, since this post I have seen an '81 AS100 totally unexpectedly, for a
very good price.This is typical of my luck, I can go for a year and not see anything that interests me, then in two days, three guitars I want. Of course I'll be lucky to scratch together the money for one.
Asset stripping, pleading forgiveness from wife, and body parts on Ebay may all ensue.Will let you know how I get on and hopefully upload a picture.

The Artist is the frontrunner, as I don't have any semi and would love one.If by some stroke of madness, or genius, I get all three, I'll post photos of the replicas.
Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2001 - 10:17 am:   

if you go for the les paul, i may have an extra
set of pickups, and maybe a set of tuners.
Shane P
Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2001 - 6:41 pm:   

Thanks Orval,
Thats a kind offer, I have just secured the '81 AS-100 artist, and am now working on the two 75's.
These really are a superb quality semi.The one I obtained is in mint condition except some tarnishing of the chrome hardware.It also has the later non script style logo.Does anyone know exactly what year this logo changed to the more modern type.
Shane P
Posted on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 7:58 am:   

My newly acquired Artist
1,'81 AS-100
Posted on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 1:51 pm:   

Here's Shane's Cherry '81 AS-100

Mark Munchenberg
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 2:23 am:   


That guitar is just like mine. So much so that I'd better go home and check that it is still there!!!

Can you read the signature on the label??


Shane P
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 9:31 am:   

The signature is totally indecypherable,if that's a word. The serial no. is E815580. I'm impressed by the neck and the wide variety of sounds, I have been playing it through an old UE-400 into a Trace Elliot velocette twin, a wonderful thick chimey sort of tone.I'm a happy man!
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 12:50 pm:   


Glad to hear that you like the AS100. The cherry red color reminds me of Chuck Berry.
mike g.
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 12:50 pm:   


I was wondering if both of your guitars (AS100 see-thru red) have a black line of binding next to the body before the chreme colored binding begins ??

Both my AS50 and AS100 have this but none of the other AS models I have feature this detail.

Can anyone else add to this ?

Mike G.
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 4:36 pm:   


My sunburst AS100 has the black stripe you're referring to. It's hard to see, because the finish gets pretty dark around the edge of the guitar, but it's definitely there.

Mark Munchenberg
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 8:19 pm:   


Mine too. The black coachline is definitely present on my guitar.
mike g.
Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2001 - 10:28 pm:   


Thanks for the reply.After looking under a bright light,I now see that they do have that on the sunburst models as well.
It's funny how I only noticed it on the see-thru red finished ones.
My "eyebones" aint what they used to be I guess !

Mike G.
Len C
Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2001 - 1:11 am:   

Mine has the black line too.

Pics are here

Mike - you are single handedly driving up all the prices on the quality Ibanez stuff on ebay!!

I'm gonna have to start collecting Blazers :)
Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2001 - 9:02 am:   


Some of us are very worried about Mike. His addiction is worsening. If we don't get him help soon, I fear we'll be seeing a homeless man, pushing a caravan of shopping carts filled with Ibanez guitars through the streets of New Jersey!J

Very nice collection you have. The cherryburst '81 Artist is a dead ringer for my '82. I remember your Artist 12 string with the unique Ricky-like tuners. It certainly cuts down on the size of the headstock.

You mentioned in another thread that you recapped the circuit board in your EQ model. But I didn't see any pictures of an EQ on your web pages.
Len C
Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2001 - 4:35 pm:   

Just tell me where he is and I'll be there buying some guitars from him :)

I'm still researching the 12 string - getting closer. The '81 Cherryburst is a very meaty guitar. Much heftier than a Gibson and more low midrange meat.

Thanks for the comments on the collection. I'll post some pics of the EQ soon to my site. should be there by the time you read this.

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