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  1. SamIV

    SamIV Well-Known Member

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    Picked this up from GC on Monday of this
    Week. It is an Ibanez AR325. Designed after the ones from the 70’s that were built in Japan. I would say similar quality to the PRS SE Standards. It was built in China. This one was used but in great shape. Bought it over a hundred less than what I have seen listed elsewhere used.

    It plays very well. Does not feel short like a Les Paul does to me. I mainly play Fender scale though. Feels like a big 335 length, but with a smaller body. Lighter than all of my other guitars. Also thinner than a Les Paul. Carved top With tummy relief as well. The pickups are Ibanez Super 58’s and sound quite good. It does not have the deepness of a Les Paul, more like a Cross between a Les Paul and 335 type guitar.


    Body wood is okoume and fretboard is Jatoba. The fretboard looks similar to rosemary, but feels like ebony. Okoume is supposed to look and sound like mahogany, but I have no clue. Never heard of either before bought this guitar. after some research I found that G&l, ESP and others use both Woods. The top Looks like bubbinga to me, but Ibanez says it is quilted maple. I would imagine a veneer as well. I have read elsewhere that it is bubbinga. It is also one piece and not center joined.

    Frets are medium to medium jumbo looking and finished very well. It’s gonna get a fret level though. The neck is three piece like my Ibanez AS83. It is not thick but not thin as well. Seems like one of my old AL2500’s. The neck feels Les Paulish, and although 24 3/4 scale, the guitar has a Fender scale length feel to it.

    The pickups are Super 58’s and sound quite different than the Guitar Madness 57’s that I have in my Ibanez SZ. They are brighter, have a tad more mids and a bit less bottom end. Are not as hot either, but the GM pickups are not considered hot pickups. Might be due to body styles as well. They can be split into singles and and parallel. They call it Tri-Sound. Single mode is just ok and parallel quite is interesting.

    The not so good. The pots turn very easily and the jack seems cheep. Also lots of treble loss if you turn the volume back. Will need a treble bleed added. Took the back cover off to find some dime sized pots. Might switch them out as well as the jack. Also the quick change bridge as it it called is anything but quick. Have one on another Ibanez.

    Still in the honeymoon stage. But I like it so far. Picks from earlier this week . No more pics until another day. Riding out a tropical storm at the moment. D5A7912B-7E94-483A-A224-1C95DEE41A1F.jpeg B99E2AB2-E860-49EF-8A9D-D4C79BF21B62.jpeg FBA33157-FDFE-4026-AB1F-61014B22A095.jpeg B0DBBAE4-10F0-4E7B-A8F0-776C36283714.jpeg
     
  2. SamIV

    SamIV Well-Known Member

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    That's a whale of a guitar! HNGD.
     

  4. sabasgr68

    sabasgr68 Well-Known Member

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    Stay safe, Sam!

    And HNuGD!

    That is my favorite double cut guitar model (ar325, ar420, ar220). Wish I could get one one day; I think they are very versatile soundwise, though I´ve never played one -remember we´re back in stone age here :(:)-.

    What a beauty you got.

    Congrats! Enjoy it!
     
  5. Rokdog

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    HUGD !
    Barry looks like a keeper !
     
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    Nice burly swirly top. Very classy.
     
  7. BatUtilityBelt

    BatUtilityBelt Well-Known Member

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    I'd rock that. Never seen it in a lefty yet... Happy NGD!
     
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    Very nice.
    I have only had one humbucking guitar pass through my hands that needed a treble bleed.. not sure why.
     
  9. SamIV

    SamIV Well-Known Member

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    Maybe the body is Mahogany and fretboard is rosewood. All the sites that have it for sale list as so and the newer models are different . Copy from Musicians Friend. 889CD796-EF7B-4384-9DD9-685F7086DFA1.jpeg
     
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    Very Very nice that's right up my alley congrats!
     
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    Nice,if it plays like it looks it's a keeper
     
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    Love those guitars!

    Congrats!!

    Sent from my REVVLPLUS C3701A using Tapatalk
     
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    Good looking guitar.
     
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    Tsukiyomi Well-Known Member

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    That's gorgeous! Congrats!
     
  16. LessPawl

    LessPawl Well-Known Member Supporting Member+ Gold Supporting Member

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    Dang, I've loved those ever since the first time I laid eyes on one. You scored a real looker. Congrats. BTW, I love the Super 58's a lot. Really a great sounding pickup.
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Very nice... had a close look at one of those in a g
    music store in Red Deer AB, a few days ago... spent
    A bunch of dough on music gear, but none for me this time :-(

    Congrats... not too much to do on yours, hope it's not painful.
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    More and more a good DC seems > a good SC.
    Yours looks very good
     
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    I have one of these guitars too. I bought it hoping to replace an Ibanez Artist that I had stolen while I was on the road in the early 1980s. That was a 1978 Artist. I didn't try the AR325 before ordering it. When I got it I was a little disappointed that the body was not as thick as the 1978. Otherwise, it's a nicely versatile guitar that is unfortunately a bit neck heavy. That 78 was awesome!
     
  20. DonM

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    That's a beaut; congrats.
     

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