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Ibanez Artcore AF75 - Transparent Red Sunburst
|Price:||$399.99 & FREE Shipping|
- Full-hollow body
- Maple top, sides, and back
- Mahogany set neck
- Bound rosewood fretboard
- ACH1 humbucker at the neck
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|Body Material Type||Maple||solid-wood||Hollow Body||Maple||Mahogany||Maple|
|Guitar Bridge System||adjustable||Art1||Floating Bridge||adjustable||Adjustable||tremolo|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||humbucker||humbucker||HH||ACH pus||single-coil||humbucker|
|Hand Orientation||Right Handed||Right Handed||Right||right||Right Handed||Right Handed|
|Item Dimensions||21.25 x 47 x 6.5 in||3 x 38.5 x 14 in||17.6 x 46 x 5.5 in||21 x 47 x 6.2 in||17.7 x 43 x 5 in||—|
Finding a good hollowbody electric guitar you can afford can be about as difficult as finding your car at Disney World after one too many rides up Space Mountain. Good thing Ibanez has this AF75 hollowbody model. This beauty's got all the old-fashioned glory that makes a guitar like this shine, even the old fashioned price tag. A sweet maple body and set mahogany neck give the AF75 a real expressive tone. Add to that a pair of humbuckers and an ultra-smooth rosewood fretboard, and it's obvious that someone at Ibanez musta left out a zero or something. Order your Ibanez AF75 hollowbody electric guitar today.
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The good: this was solidly-designed and quality control is Ibanez' strong suit. Nice looking tobacco burst with subdued binding, heavy (and thus not lively), very straight neck, patent adjustable bridge, solid tuners and tailpeice. I've tried a number of others in stores and they all come in about equally in playability, fit & finish - so I believe you may expect a decent product without having to test-drive a few hundred guitars...
The not-good: Ibanez Chinese pickups really struggle to be second-rate. While consistent, their output is modest and lacks character. The dead-solid construction means the body adds practically nothing to the instrument's tone (unless you up the gain to feedback levels). At the nut the strings are 1 5/16" E-to-e' while at the bridge the spread is a shade under 2". That narrow, the instrument is strung to be strummed with a pick, and is not a finger-plucker's delight.
All this means you effectively have a solid-body guitar that LOOKS like a vintage jazz/blues machine, but depends on a pedalboard for tone and gets played like a Les Paul or a PRS.
What I did to make it go: I haunted repair shops and used equipment websites until I found used pickups I liked (one P-90 style for the neck, the bridge a hum, both hand-wound by Kent Armstrong) and had them installed by my excellent local luthier. We also replaced the nut with Tusq, plus a bone-saddle bridge instead of the "Tune-o-Matic" for a livelier response and increased string-spacing. I've strung it with Thomastik-Infeld Be-Bop 13's for a big-band sound.
At this moment, the modified guitar costs $600 (today's pricing). Still around the price of a low-end Electromatic or Godin 5th Avenue, less than a Sheraton or Washburn J-600. I use it to play piano/organ parts for gospel-style numbers and to replace the horn-sections in salsa and other Latin-styles. It is powerful voice and a bit rude - a true change-of-pace from my articulate and precise hum/piezo Yamaha. To me, it sounds best through a '59 Bassman amp, although my Polytone doesn't mind it at all...
I strongly recommend you buy the Ibanez hard-case for this instrument.