In 1980, Ibanez released the first version of the AS100, which was the original signature guitar from their Artist (AS) series. Later versions were released in 1981, 1982 and 1988. The AS100 is a semi-acoustic guitar, which is a hollow-body electric guitar with electric pickups and a sound box to enhance the sound of the guitar.
The AS100 was factory painted with one of two finishes: antique violin or cherry. Both finishes were given a subtle starburst pattern along the front of the body. In 1988 only, a walnut finish was available. The body of the guitar was built of laminated maple and was completed with a mahogany neck, with the exception of the 1988 model, which was constructed out of a plain maple top and body.
The original AS100 was equipped with gold hardware, which includes tuner pegs, pickup switches, frets, the nut, the bridge and volume controls. All of the later models were studded with chrome hardware. A dot inlay on the fret board was standard on all models, as was an ST bridge.
The two 1980 models were equipped with Super 70 pickups for both the neck and bridge, with two-volume, two-tone, three-way controls. The 1981 and 1982 models were equipped with Super 58 pickups for both the neck and bridge, while the 1988 model was equipped with Hum pickups for both the neck and bridge. The All AS100 guitars were equipped with a dual humbucker (HH) pickup configuration. A humbucker is an electric guitar pickup that uses coils to generate amplified sound from your strings. A dual humbucker configuration contains two humbuckers instead of one, for enhanced audio.