Ibanez announce new Artist Series models – the AR420 features an Arched Flamed Maple top and Mahogany back giving a well-balanced golden age tone. Abalone binding adds a touch of elegance. All AR series have the Tri-sound switching system for each pickup – offering a vast range of tones.

Choose from series, parallel & coil-tap wiring configuration for tonal variety. Super 58 custom pickups feature moderate output & vintage tone. Control knobs are non-slip Sure grip III supporting accurate volume & tone control.

Ibanez AR420 Violin Sunburst

The AR is a classic among Ibanez guitars. It was one of the first original designs produced by Ibanez and continues to be a sought after guitar. The AR series continue that legacy with pride.

Ibanez Artist Series AR420 features:

  • Neck Material: 3-piece Maple
  • Neck Type: AR set-in
  • Body: Mahogany body/ Flamed Maple top with Abalone body binding
  • Frets: Medium frets
  • Fingerboard: bound Rosewood
  • Scale length: 628mm/24.75″
  • Inlays: Pearl/ Abalone block inlay
  • Bridge: ART1 bridge
  • Neck pickup: Super 58 Custom Humbucking Alnico
  • Bridge pickup: Super 58 Custom Humbucking Alnico
  • Hardware Color: gold
  • Finishes: Violin Sunburst

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  • Mitch says:

    I own a 77 2618 and still love it. I will be adding this new one to my collection

  • alistair says:

    anyone know when and when these will be available u.k. super guitar and will be lighter than the original but made in china is a let down i think they are $650.00 in the u.s.

  • I have this guitar, and am very pleased with it. It is lighter than the original Artists of the 70’s and 80’s but it has a great tone. I love the smooth neck-heal; when held in your palm the guitar is well-balanced,( weight-wise ), and the pickup coil-splitting controles are totally awesome. I’ve giged with it-and was blown away by the fullness of it’s sound. And for the money – $650.00 – so totally great ! I spent $1,300 on a Gibson Les Paul last year – and this one is just as good. I also saved $100 on a Sam Ash sale, so – I hit a home run with this one !

  • Maille Keul says:

    C’est une excellente guitare digne des meilleures “Vintages” Artists” des années 80!!
    Finition impeccable
    Très beaux bois
    Possibilités énormes de sonorités différentes.
    Rapport qualité/prix incroyable

  • Paul L says:

    The AR 420′ is an excellent Guitar saddles are from Graphtech as well as nut I believe. The 58 humbuckers are excellent mid voiced and very smooth. I bought and sent back 2 Gibsons last year a 50th SB, and a Les Paul custom. Fine scratches in the finish, where the Ibanez far better looking the 420′ looks like the $2,000 guitar mine is 7lbs 13oz excellent weight and very good action locking tuners coil tapping any kind of tone you want. If this were $1,000 it would still be a great buy QC is very good, get over the China thing. You want US custom then give up $2,000 and for $750 sweet water gave me a good wooden case, schalled strap locks and strings The NY Didario great strings installed either 55 point setup inspection. I could not be happier and the Abalone inlays just make it look even better. The best $750 I ever spent!!


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