IBANEZ AH10 Allan Holdsworth

  • Ibanez AH10 Allan Holdsworth electric guitar
    Ibanez AH10 Allan Holdsworth electric guitar


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Dates of manufacture: 

1985 to 1987

After two years of development by the Ibanez R & D team, the Allan Holdsworth model was launched in 1985. The AH10 design has several features chosen to fit Allan Holdsworth's playing style, musical range and artistic expression:

  • Spider logo on peghead and neck plate: Designed by Allan Holdsworth himself this distinctive logo identifies  the AH10 as a Holdsworth signature instrument - inspired by Holdsworth's spidery fingered playing style often stretching to play impossible looking chords.
  • Neck and Frets: The 17 inch radius ebony fingerboard is extra flat and wider for exceptional playing ease. Jim Dunlop #6100 Jumbo fret wire is used, providing a comfortable, solid feel
  • Body: The body of the AH10 is built of lightweight Basswood with a special sound cavity under the pickguard. This sound chamber adds a distinct clarity and warmth helping to create a “singing” tone quality.  
  • Pickup: The new AH Special pickup was developed to meet Allan's exacting needs. Custom coil winding and Alnico magnets were used to achieve an exceptionally clear, smooth, warm sound. All twelve pole-pieces are adjustable to assure perfect string to string balance. 
  • Powerocker Special tremolo: This black-chrome plated tremolo has several features designed especially to suit Allan’s unique style. An aluminum block brings out rich, full harmonics. Narrow spacing between strings aides in lightening fast right hand passages,while lining the strings up perfectly with each pole-piece of the pickup. A short 150mm tremolo arm makes subtle vibrato shading possible.
  • String spacing: Probably the most unique feature of the AH10 is its 25.5 scale neck with a custom 53 mm String pitch at the bridge. This is a much narrower spacing than an ordinary guitar, allowing for better string balance and alignment for the maximum in speed and feel.
  • Custom Holdsworth signature fingerboard inlay: at the 21st fret

Specifications (22)


Number of control knobs2 control knobs
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups brand and modelIbanez AH Special pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 humbucker pickup


Finish colorsblack finish, green finish, red finish, white finish
Made inJapan
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


Body materialbasswood body
Body stylesuper strat style body
Pickguard materialblack pickguard


BridgeIbanez Powerocker tremolo
Hardware colorchrome hardware
TunersIbanez Smooth Tuner II


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets22 fret
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

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IBANEZ AH10 Allan Holdsworth reviewed by AllanfanRudy

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Got this recently... What a hidden gem! Very light and resonant body, with a good tremolo system and a fast thin and flat neck with a smooth ebony fingerboard and hard jumbo frets. Very little fret wear and a straight neck, after 34 years. Plays like a dream. Can not comment on original AH pickup cause it was replaced with an SD TB4 by previous owner. But instrument has very good sound with lots of sustain. Swimming pool cavity makes adding pickups easy. I added a SD SH2 Jazz neck pickup and the Ibanez 5-way switch 2502N 3PS1SC5, adding 4 extra different sounds, making it my number 1 guitar now, in over 40 years of playing and owning guitars!

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