Ibanez AF55 Artcore Hollowbody Electric Guitar

This electric guitar from Ibanez has the traditional hollow construction to prevent sound blocks in the body.
The Ibanez AF55 is the most traditional of the Artcore series. The traditional full-hollow construction means there are no sound blocks in the body. Producing rich and complex tones, the AF is the guitar for the purist in all of everyone.

Features:

- All Ibanez full-hollow guitars are truly full-hollow, for full, traditional tones, with no soundblocks as found in some other "full-hollow" boxes
- Large frets
- Chrome hardware
- Depth: 70mm at tail
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- Neck Material: Nyatoh
- Neck Type: Artcore set-in
- Body: Linden top/back/sides
- Frets: Large frets
- Fingerboard: Bound Laurel
- Inlay: White dot inlay
- Bridge: ART2 roller bridge
- NeckPU: ART-ST
- BridgePU: ACH-ST
- HW Color: CH
- Width: Max width at lower bout: 15 3/4"
- BodyThickness: Max body thickness: 3 5/8"


Neck Dimensions:

- Scale: 628mm/24.7"
- a: Width at Nut: 43mm
- b: Width at Last Fret: 56mm
- c: Thickness at 1st: 21mm
- d: Thickness at 12th: 24mm
- Radius: 305mm
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Tobacco Flat
Shipping Weight: 10.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 21 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IBA AF55 TF
Transparent Black Flat
Shipping Weight: 10.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 21 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IBA AF55 TKF
Ibanez Non-New Product Warranty Information Ibanez Electric Guitars and Basses have a 1-year warranty on NEW instruments only for the ORIGINAL purchaser with a Sales Receipt. All used products are not under warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-669-8262
(18 ratings)
Submitted October 23, 2013 by J T in roswell, NM
"Nice"
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Took a chance, I'm glad I did...

Sound
I was surprised by the sound of this guitar. The neck pickup is a lot crisper than I would have thought... nicely warm though. The bridge pickup sounds.... above average, with a nice in between setting. The tone of the guitar is very nice.... articulate and... woody... for want of a better word. Cleans are gorgeous, dirts up nicely, with excellent sounds all around. I am very happy with the sound. The pickups are very 'alive' (some of you will know what I mean)

Features
I like the hinged truss cover... nice idea. I LOVE the finish. It isn't just 'flat', but you can feel the wood grain... like it's been stained and not finished other than that. It is very vintage, and looks beautiful in person. It truly looks like folk art in person. The bound neck is nice, and the frets were finished perfectly. The pickup selector toggle is the most firm feeling toggle I have ever seen. The machine heads feel cheesy to me, with a little play in them, but that is an easy fix... add the cost of that to the price of the guitar and you STILL have a good deal.

Ease of Use
Out of the box there was fret buzz and intonation was a bit off.... a tiny twist of the truss, backed the bridge away from the pickups a smidge, intonation was perfect, and action was perfect. Very low action. I see some people complained about the intonation, but read more a floating bridge is the easiest type to adjust intonation on... should be a non issue. Two small tweaks and some string stretching and it was playing and sounding perfect. It sounds gorgeous clean and dirty through a variety of Egnater and Orange amps.

Quality
I think the quality is above average at the price point, other than the tuners. I find it odd as I've never had issues with Ibanez's hardware before... but they do work just fine... just feel a little... cheap. Other than that... frets are perfect, finish is perfect, binding is perfect.... the guitar is gorgeous.

Value
This guitar is worth much more than it's price point, an incredible deal.

Manufacturer Support
I have a long history with Ibanez and have never had to deal with their customer service or warrant department. I've owned them for 25+ years.

The Wow Factor
Yet again... I bought it from online pictures because I 'had to have it'... and it delivers in person and then some, so there is a definite wow factor.

Musical Background:
Guitar - 25+ years

Musical Style:
blues, rock, funk, alt
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