If you wanted to buy a new ES-335-style guitar in 1983, you were faced with a choice: tempt fate by trying your luck with a Norlin-made Gibson, or purchase a high-quality Japanese alternative, such as this beautiful Ibanez AS-80.
The AS-80 debuted as part of the Ibanez “Artist” hollow body line in 1979. This 8.5/10 condition beauty features a gorgeous cherry-over maple finish, a solid center block, and a neck that is so incredibly resonant that you can actually feel the notes in your left hand when playing unplugged! It includes top-drawer features such as an ultra-solid Gibraltar II bridge, sealed die-cast tuners, and the beautiful “Artist” headstock inlay.
The soul of this instrument lies in its pair of early-edition Super 58 pickups. These are the ones with the silver-colored base plates with “Super 58” embossed into the metal. If you’re familiar with vintage Ibanez pickups, you’ll know that these toneful PAF-inspired units are constructed with alnico 3 magnets and special windings to deliver a warm, articulate, vintage sound that’s very reminiscent of Gibson PAF and Patent Number humbuckers. In our opinion, these pickups are far superior to anything that Gibson produced in the early 1980s.
Comes with original hardshell case which has a couple of cosmetic issues: Tolex that is separated at a couple of the edges, a couple of strips of electrical tape, and some funky custom artwork including a groovy rendering of a Converse Chuck Taylor. The case’s original moss-green interior is still in pristine condition, and the original hangtag/warranty is still in the accessory compartment!
Vintage Fender Vibrolux and bottleneck are not included. SOLD. Thanks, Keenan!