Just bought a cool and rare 1988 Artstar AL100JR (archtop Superstrat) - Jemsite
All Other Guitars (including Prestige) Discussion about other Ibanez Guitars not covered in the above topics. Includes J-Custom, USA-Custom, Prestige subforum.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
 
gitarrero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Schwobalšndle, Germany
Posts: 638
Cool Just bought a cool and rare 1988 Artstar AL100JR (archtop Superstrat)

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!
gitarrero is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 10:52 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: LR, AR
Posts: 1,982
Re: Just bought a cool and rare 1988 Artstar AL100JR (archtop Superstrat)

that is mad hot. i totally dig those old artstar/artfields. the strat one is killer. those are really rare!!! like trying to get a hold of an affirma bass. extreme envy from my end, bro!!! i have 3 artcores, and would love to get 2 more: awd83 and as103. i have currently: am73, ag75, ag85.

congrats and envy

rich
rty13ibz98 is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 10:57 AM
 
Eggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Cumbria UK
Posts: 1,751
Re: Just bought a cool and rare 1988 Artstar AL100JR (archtop Superstrat)

Super Cl !!!

Ben
Eggy is offline  
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
 
gitarrero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Schwobalšndle, Germany
Posts: 638
Re: Just bought a cool and rare 1988 Artstar AL100JR (archtop Superstrat)

Yeah, it's definitely "Crazy '88" (if I may quote "Kill Bill").
gitarrero is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 01:19 PM
 
Flobanez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Maine
Posts: 5,514
Re: Just bought a cool and rare 1988 Artstar AL100JR (archtop Superstrat)

Very nice. Congrats.
Flobanez is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 06:59 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 9,206
Reviews: 120
Re: Just bought a cool and rare 1988 Artstar AL100JR (archtop Superstrat)

Wow, never seen one of these - so nice!
LonePhantom is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 07:07 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Worcester,MA
Posts: 4,924
Re: Just bought a cool and rare 1988 Artstar AL100JR (archtop Superstrat)

Must have some crazy sustain being semi-hollow. Now all it needs is a Piezo.
Lefty Robb is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 08:01 PM
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Sydney,Australia
Posts: 996
Re: Just bought a cool and rare 1988 Artstar AL100JR (archtop Superstrat)

That looks great gitarrero, congrats.
IbanezGirl is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 11:12 PM
 
mi2tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Penang, Malaysia
Posts: 7,559
Re: Just bought a cool and rare 1988 Artstar AL100JR (archtop Superstrat)

Cool!!! and congratz!
mi2tom is offline  
Reply

Tags
gotoh tuners , rosewood fingerboard , scarf joint

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).



Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome