Ibanez AF55 Tobacco Flat Artcore Hollowbody

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SPEC

neck type Artcore Mahogany set-in neck
body Maple top/back/sides
fretboard Bound Rosewood fretboard w/White dot inlay
fret Medium frets
number of frets 20 frets
bridge ART-ST bridge
tailpiece VT60 tailpiece
neck pickup Infinity R (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
bridge pickup Infinity R (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
hardware color Chrome

NECK DIMENSIONS

Scale 628mm/24.75""
a : Width at Nut 43mm
b : Width at Last Fret 56mm
c : Thickness at 1st 21mm
d : Thickness at 12th 24mm (at 9F)
Radius 305mmR

BODY DIMENSIONS

a : Length
b : Width
c : Max Depth

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SKU 4600220
Brand Ibanez
Shipping Weight 5.0000kg
Ibanez AF55 Tobacco Flat Artcore Hollowbody has a rating of 4/5 based on 1 reviews.

Does the trick!

By: on 19 August 2017
I picked this up when it was on a huge special due to the closure of a shop up here in the NT... always sad to see that happen, but my win on the day I suppose. I didn't really have my heart set on a hollowbody or a jazz guitar, but when they call to you from the wall, you know you gotta listen! So there it was hanging on the wall next to some sexier hollowbodies and a few fully sick Schecters. I couldn't help but take it down and have a play. First things first - as is the case with 99.99% of hollowbody guitars - if you're looking for something that will double as an acoustic, steer well clear. Only moderately better tone when played unplugged than strumming away on your tele or strat without an amplifier. I read another review elsewhere where some muppet said it was 'awesome as an acoustic as well', and I thought some people are easily pleased. Long story short, this needs to be plugged in to work right. I'm not gonna go into a whole heap of technical talk about how its bound finish and maple construction work sooo much better than some other wood that you'd normally make guitars out of because quite simply that kind of stuff is irrelevant; you can't buy this guitar made out of agathis or poplar. The simple truth of this guitar is that it delivers well beyond its price point and it has been nothing short of an absolute score! I use it mainly for looks to be frank. When I'm playing my Dylan or Tom Waits numbers, or if I'm getting all Gospel on the crowd. The appeal of this beast is quite real; it looks like it was pulled out of a Louisiana swamp after someone lost it on their travels up from N'orleans. It has a genuinely aged look and it fits a particular genre and style as a result. Yes, it plays Metallica songs just fine, and you can even smash out smoke on the water AND stairway to heaven on it, but it's really at home belting out "I Know I Been Changed", "I Shall Be Released", or anything off the Springsteen 'Live in Dublin' release done with the Sessions Band. The first thing any self respecting owner ought to consider is a string change from the garden variety phosphor bronze monstrosities that it comes with. I have settled on some half-wounds that compliment the overall feel and stylistic intent of the guitar. At the end of the day, this guitar was a very pleasant surprise that I didn't know I wanted. It has been fun to just mess around with it to see what it can and will do, and whilst it's found its niche with some overdrive and a bit of reverb and delay and doesn't stray too much from home on that count, I don't think many people looking for a hollowbody are expecting it to be the most versatile guitar known to humankind. You get pretty much what you see with a pickup selector which is all about personal choice, or for the more purist you can have it on 'lead' position and then later on when you're solo is finished, you can switch the pup selector to the garden variety 'rhythm' position for chords; the tone knob works fine and the volume knob turns the volume up if you spin it one way and down if you change the direction. Tight package with no sense it's about to fall apart (although when changing strings, get ready to catch the tailpiece! Why this thing is not fixed is beyond me!!!). Holds its tuning very well for its price range, but if you're rocking up to play without a tuner then you'd likely not notice anyway ;-). In my opinion, throwing this guitar through your favorite overdrive pedal (I switch between my MXR Custom Badass Modified Overdrive and my Boss BD-2 Blues Driver) and your favorite amp (or at least the one you own) will bring hours of fun for you - if not for the whole family! Worse case scenario, you've got a really cool looking guitar that captures an era - even if you don't end up playing it, having it lurking in the corner of any room is sure to impress any visitor you may lure into your lounge room. But I'm happy with my one, and would certainly drop the same amount of cash on another hollowbody by Ibanez if I needed to.
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