Ibanez AR2619-VV Guitar Hands on Report
by Glen Cianciulli 9/2016
Ibanez literature says: “The AR is a classic among Ibanez guitars. It was one of the first original designs produced by Ibanez and continues to be a sought after guitar. The AR series continues that legacy with pride.”
That is all true.
In 1974 Ibanez began to stop being a copy-guitar manufacturer by releasing its first electric guitar with a body shape that didn’t clone another brand’s guitar. The non-clones were the Ibanez Artist #2611, #2612, #2613 and #2614 . Each guitar featured symmetrical double cutaway bodies with carved, contoured tops. The first attempt by Ibanez was legit. These models were work-in-progress with their rounder cutaways, peculiar shaped pickguard and bolt on neck. The Ibanez “Artist Series” were their up-scale electric & acoustic guitars, unnamed and designated by a model number.
Huge first steps with more to come. Ibanez would release another original body design a year later in 1975 called the… wait for it… Artist #2663. This was briefly called the “Flash” (according to “The Ibanez Untold Story”) but we all know & love it as the “Iceman”.
In 1976 the AR2619 was Introduced
It was impossible to know at the time, but this axe would be the “AR” the guitar world would remember decades later. As Philadelphia Freedom topped the US charts during its Bicentennial, Ibanez created a classic – the AR2619 – perhaps its first historic axe.