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Ibanez AK85 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar   

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The Ibanez AK85 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar features gorgeous looks with flamed maple top, back, and sides. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Set-...Click To Read More About This Product

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Traditional warm sound perfect for small-group and jazz formats.

The Ibanez AK85 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar features gorgeous looks with flamed maple top, back, and sides. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Set-in Artcore deluxe neck with 22 large frets for easy playability. ACH1 neck pickup and ACH2 bridge pickup. Chrome hardware.

  • 3-piece Artcore Deluxe neck
  • Flamed maple top/back/sides
  • 22 large frets
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Ach1 neck pickup

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My Best Friend (Inanimate)

By TikiFrog

from Selinsgrove, PA

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Picked this up at a local retailer and it has been, from the date of purchase, my favorite guitar and best friend (inanimate). The feel, fit, finish are second to none, and because I play it unplugged far more often than plugged in it is also my favorite 'acoustic' guitar. Jazz, rock, folk - anything is within its scope. The action felt perfect from the first chord, the bridge gives great tone and even though it's 'floating' the intonation is wonderful (although the 'B' string has to be tuned down just a tad to avoid being cloying). Easily the most beautiful and comfortable guitar to play that I've had - weight, balance and fretboard are brilliant. The pickups can be somewhat more aggressive than the unplugged sound, but you just have to dial them down and in to find what you're looking for. I love it simultaneously mic'd and plugged at a 60/40 mix.

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Great guitar for the price

By Macdad159

from Undisclosed

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The only thing that I had a problem with on this guitar was that I had to get it refretted. The frets are cut like crap on this guitar. As soon as I had that done the guitar is great.

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I Can't Stop Playing This Guitar

By Strat60-5IGXN

from Apple Valley, CA

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The action, finish, and tone of this guitar are all amazing, especially for the price. I played a number of guitars before purchasing this including Epiphones, other Artcores, and Washburns and this Ibanez really stood out. Better tone than the Epiphones and a better feel than the Washburns.I was looking for a good hollow body sound to play jazz, blues and some classic rock (Beatles) and this guitar really fits the bill. The feel of the neck is so nice that it just begs to be played. The action is great. Do yourself a favor though and change the strings they put on from the factory. I have flatwound 11's right now and the guitar is nice and mellow, but not muddy unless you turn the tone down really low.A major good value at this price. Haven't picked up my strat in a while.

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Absolutley Beautiful

By mergemusik

from Dallas, TX

This is an absolutely Beautiful guitar. You will NOT find a nicer guitar for the money. I'm not a devot jazz guitarist, but I do dable in jazz and this fits what I needed exactly. It impresses everyone who sees it...it's stunning. It sounds descent plugged in, but I am looking around for better pickups. I did replace the knobs with abalone topped chrome knobs....which I highly recommend! You will not be disappointed with this guitar.

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What a deal


from Halifax, NS

I just bought this guitar yesterday. I've been looking for a full-hollow body guitar for quite some time now. I played it un-plugged for about and hour before plugging it in. When I finally did plug it in, wow, what a sound for the price. I played a Gibson, an Epiphone and a Gretch before picking this one up. As far as sound I can't say the higher end guitars sounded better. I fell in love with this guitar the minute I laid eyes on it. Well worth the price, and I'm sure it will bring me years of enjoyment.


Move over Gibson

By Bob F.

from New Mexico

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I've owned this guitar for 4 years now. Using mainly in studios - people think I have a Gibson or a Gretsch - when they see "Ibanez" their first response (in awe) is "REALLY"? Just an unbelievable guitar for the fraction of the cost.

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Looking to get back to my roots

By AntMan-DuyPD

from Amityville, NY

As a 20 year veteran of different stringed instruments over the last few years I have found myself trying different things. Banjo, mandolin, dobro along with constant playing and recording with an arsenal of other guitars. I am a product of 1970's prog rock and wanted to get a Steve Howe vintage versatility to my sound. I sold 1 of my Fender stratocasters and took the plunge into something completely different. What a joy!A beautiful piece of workmanship. not a flaw! the Abalone surrounded by mother of pearl inlays is awesome, the finish is incredible. And the sound!I did not want to go semi-hollow, I wanted a real round sound. That is what I got. Full hollow after years of playing solid bodies, what a difference. An incredible instrument at an unbeatable price for the quality I received.


How does Ibanez do it?

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have owned this guitar for almost a year and it has become my favorite. The fit and finish are perfect, and the acoustic tone is balanced and fairly loud. The amplified sound with stock pickups is quite good but strong in the upper mids. I put a Gibson 57 Classic in the neck postion, and the sound is absolutely incredible... as good or better than some guitars that cost 10 times as much.


Excellent Sound and Value

By Who, Me?

from Portland,Or

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I was originally concerned that the intonation could suffer with no way to fix it witht the wood bridge. When I picked it up that concern was put to rest, the intonation is dead on. I have it set up with .11's and the action and feel are fantastic. The pick ups are a bit weak, but I am used to the Gibson 500T. I will probably put some Gibson '57 PAFs in it to get a bit more power. That being said, this guitar sounds so warm and round. A real jazz sound. I would easily call this guitar the best overall value that I have ever purchased. Get one, you'll love it.


Outstanding Guitar at an Even Better Price

By SemperMC

from Biloxi, MS

I stumbled on to this guitar on accident, I was shopping for an SG and this one caught my eye. After playing it I was hooked, its tone was great (acoustic and Plugged in.) The bridge scared me at first but it was right on, although when I got it home I did lower the action to my taste, with no problem I may add. This guitar is great with a great price!

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