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  • Ibanez Artstar AS-80 (335 style) value

    I have a lead on a clean Ibanez Artstar AS-80.

    Both pups were replaced with SD Pearly Gates - which I've had good experiences with so it's not a negative for me.

    It has the narrow headstock, not the tulip style so it seems like they are the older MIK series with the Gibson mickey mouse style ears rather than the more modern redesigned ears.

    Included is the Ibanez hardcase.

    He's not budging off his $300 asking price.

    I've read the archives and people seem to like their AS-80. Should I run to buy it or can I get a better deal?

    I like semi-hollows and I was waiting on the right bargain to come along.

    Should I hit it?

    I just bought a Brownsville Impala today (wait for the NGD thread). I don't need another guitar unless it's a bargain.
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  • #2
    If you don't have a 335 style guitar, or heck even if you do an AS-80 for 300 bucks w/SD's sounds like a great deal.

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    • #3
      Run to buy it. Don't wait. The ones with the smaller headstock, I like better than the tulip ones. They are the first run of AS-80's.

      With the pick-up upgrade you should not hesitate. I owned that exact guitar and it was head and shoulders above anything in it's price range for a semi-hollow.

      I'm a big, big, fan of the Korean AS-80's.
      Good Deals- machine gunner, DRPool, Urinate Forever

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      • #4
        I guess the non-original pups won't detract from the value, especially if they are SD pups...

        What would be the going price for a completely stock first run MIK Artstar AS-80? Ebay didn't have any of the first runs.
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        • #5
          Buy the guitar (it's worth more than 300.00). Then, take out those pickups and sell them. Use that money to put more versatile (better) pickups in....I think you'll only love yourself doing this.

          LouLoomis

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          • #6
            I guess the non-original pups won't detract from the value, especially if they are SD pups...

            What would be the going price for a completely stock first run MIK Artstar AS-80? Ebay didn't have any of the first runs.


            My guess would be anywhere from $400 to $550 for an excellent condition stock early AS-80. The fact that yours has SD pick-ups is a benefit IMO, since the early run models from 19994-1995 have unpotted Super 58 pick-ups, and they can squeal terribly under higher gain settings. The later AS-80 used waxed potted pick-ups.

            If you pass on this one, let me know and link me to the ad, I might e-mail the guy and see if he ever gets into my area (Philly/NJ) and maybe I could meet up with him.
            Good Deals- machine gunner, DRPool, Urinate Forever

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            • #7
              AS73 are going for 250-300. The AS80 is an upgraded version of it so 300 would be an okay deal. Especially since the p/u's are upgraded.
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              • #8
                Instead of a starting another NGD thread, I'm just going to add to this one.

                Patience is a virtue, especially if you're an impatient guitar monger (aren't we all).

                So I held off from jumping on the deal and eventually talked the seller down a little bit more to $270.

                Both Pearly Gates are split via the push pull pots in the volume positions. This is one rocking semi-hollow! No jazz machine, this - although if I back off the tone, it'll smooth out. Too bad, I can't play any jazz.

                I used to have a Washburn HB30 with upgraded SD pups (JB in the neck, PG in the bridge) and the upgraded pups really brought the cheaper semi-hollow alive. It's the same case here. With the ability to split both pups, it really adds a lot of versatility to the tone.

                I don't quite get the true single coil sound but it's good enough for me. I have the same ability on my Yamaha SBG1200 humbuckers.


                So enough talking. Here are the pics:

                The narrower headstock of the first MIK Artstars


                The first series of MIK Artstars also had the Mickey Mouse ears


                Upgraded Pearly Gates pups


                It's missing the pickguard (I'll have to buy one and the bracket)


                It came with the OEM hardcase & shroud



                Let's see if this is a keeper. I still have GAS for a Yamaha SA2200.
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                • #9
                  I had a AS-80 a few years back. Decent AS model that preceded the Artcore. Super 58s in them were good also. I like Pearly Gatess though. Good Deal. I think I paid $500. new for mine and another $85 for a Ibanes HSC
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                  • #10
                    Great score! That's a huge amount of guitar for $270. I'm very envious.
                    Good Deals- machine gunner, DRPool, Urinate Forever

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                    • #11
                      Sweet buy...!!!

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                      • #12
                        Very nice and I think you got a great deal on it.
                        Just my opinion but no semi looks good with open coil pickups.
                        Love it otherwise.

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                        • #13
                          The AS-120s had the Abalone Block inlays and the Gold Hardware. The 80's had Abalone Dots and a medium C neck. Same build and electronics in both though.
                          Damn Right I got the BLUE'S

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                          • #14
                            Very nice and I think you got a great deal on it.
                            Just my opinion but no semi looks good with open coil pickups.
                            Love it otherwise.


                            I prefer it with the covers too but the pups rock so I'm happy.
                            Good dealings with: cavpilot, dcindc x2, Mike Fiasco, SnoMan97, steve man, id-man, Dmerge, teleman, frankthomson, shooto, homestar_kevin, Tweedledee, tomh777, Chairborne, rwingsfan, adamthemute, DaveAronow, caelum7, Steve the Hero, Highway_61, ChiRocker, Backerhacker, Ital Stal, Jzbass25, ihscout2, robidon, Billystrat, mtnb1kr, alerich, TheIgnoramus

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                            • #15
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