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By ’96 the name had changed to become simply the Artist Studio (Model GATA-SO).

These were offered in Black, Cherry Transparent, Candy Green, Ferrari Red, and Vintage Orange. Mirage The Mirage, also introduced in ’94, was another upscale model in an upscale world.

It had just slightly offset double cutaways with a slightly extended upper horn and a slightly deeper treble cutaway. The body was mahogany with a carved, figured koa top with a glued-in mahogany neck.

The 22-fret rosewood fingerboard had a 251/2″ scale, dot inlays, and a Hamer three-and-three head.

The body was now made of alder, and the maple neck was bolted on, with the four-in-line headstock.

The pickguard was a natty laminated tortoise affair, sort of oval extending under the strings from the neck, but with a kind of batwing extension over the treble cutaway horn.

Finish options included Cherry Transparent and natural.

In ’95 the Mirage was joined by the Mirage II, which differed in that it had a carved maple top and two Seymour Duncan humbuckers, with three-way select and no bypass switch.

The Mirage Maple Top disappeared after only a year.