Dear Ibanez community, did you ever see one of these in person?! I couldn't believe my eyes when this one crossed my way. A long time ago when the 1988 catalog fell into my hands, the Artstar series (along with the innovative and rare Artfield and Maxxas series) with their semi-acoustic construction caught my eye, most of all the Strat-orientated AL100. I did some research but couldn't find out much more than "these are rare beasts" - yes I know. I never thought that a specimen would turn up on the used market here in Germany - G.A.S. struck me hard, I simply had to put the trigger on this, and I was successful. Yay!
But at first, check out the page at Ibanez Register
for the features and scans of the infamous 1988 catalog that made me so curious.
The most important features of the AL100 are listed in the catalog scan:
* The body is roughly Superstrat- or Soloist-shaped and oversized (compared to my Charvel).
* The neck isn't one-piece, it has a scarf joint headstock
* 22 fret rosewood fingerboard - small vintage fretwire
* Gotoh tuners, chrome finish
* 3/3 headstock
* The "standard bridge" is a tune-o-matic variant
To put a long story short, here it is now in my collection, an 1988 Artstar AL-100 in Jewel Red and in a great condition. Since the serial number H804412 starts with the letter H, this tells us that it was not made in the main Ibanez factory Fujigen Gakki, but in another plant called Herada, where today Gretsch Guitars
are manufactured. This might be the reason why the guitar is in many aspects quite untypical for Ibanez.
But now let the pictures do the talking.
Looking forward to your comments!