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Ibanez Artcore AF105F Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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The Ibanez Artcore AF105F Hollowbody Electric Guitar is designed and appointed to be a classy jazzer. It has a fully hollow body with flamed maple on...Click To Read More About This Product

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The most elegant Artcore of them all.

The Ibanez Artcore AF105F Hollowbody Electric Guitar is designed and appointed to be a classy jazzer. It has a fully hollow body with flamed maple on the top and body. The single floating pickup is a special version of Ibanez's Custom 58 humbucker that can deliver sweet tones with singing sustain. The floating mount helps fight feedback. A custom set-in neck joint makes a solid connection between the 5-piece maple/bubinga neck and the body. The bound rosewood fingerboard has 22 medium frets and elegant pearl/abalone inlays. The 24-3/4" scale delivers easy playability. It also has pickguard-mounted pickup controls, custom inlays on the bridge and tailpiece, a pickguard that matches the body, and gold hardware.

FEATURES
  • Flamed maple top and body
  • Custom set-in neck joint
  • 5-piece maple/bubinga neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard
  • Single floating Custom 58 humbucker
  • Pickguard-mounted volume and tone controls
  • ART1 bridge
  • Custom inlay on fingerboard, bridge, and tailpiece
  • Matching pickguard
  • Gold hardware
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 22 medium frets
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4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

almost like a violin

Like a violin, it has
1) arched top
2) arched bottom
3) wooden bridge
4) pick guard suspended at neck and side of body
5} ...Read complete review

Like a violin, it has
1) arched top
2) arched bottom
3) wooden bridge
4) pick guard suspended at neck and side of body
5} pick-up attached to neck, not deck
6} tailpiece is anchored to side of body, not deck
7) f holes (same as a violin)
8) made of maple, which violins are made of
9) knobs are on pick guard, not deck
The sound of this instrument is quite unusual. Being a violinist myself, is why I had to buy this. Never has a guitar been this close to a violin in design. The two pick-up model (AF105) doesn't qualify; pickup on the deck, as well as the knobs and pick guard.

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Looks nice, sounds fine, but....

Looked great out of the box, setup was OK, though did not stay in tune for long. Sounded fine except for nasty buzz from the pickups that lessened when I touched the strings. ...Read complete review

Looked great out of the box, setup was OK, though did not stay in tune for long. Sounded fine except for nasty buzz from the pickups that lessened when I touched the strings. Seemed like a wiring problem in the pickups, my other guitars sound fine through the same amp. I sent it back.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Could'nt leave without buying this

By Tallisrock

from Victoria Bc Canada

Pros

  • Quality And Beauty

Cons

    Best Uses

      Love this guitar..saw it from across the room in the music store,couldn't put it down..was afraid someone else would snap it up..the build quality is outstanding..china made but done very well,love the inlaid details and bookended quarter cut maple..lovely bindings.sounds great through my peavey vypr 30. This guitar is a 5 star ..recommended buy if you can find one!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      almost like a violin

      By mauiboy

      from kula, maui

      Pros

      • Nothing On Deck But Bridg

      Cons

      • Laminated Not Varnished

      Best Uses

        Like a violin, it has
        1) arched top
        2) arched bottom
        3) wooden bridge
        4) pick guard suspended at neck and side of body
        5} pick-up attached to neck, not deck
        6} tailpiece is anchored to side of body, not deck
        7) f holes (same as a violin)
        8) made of maple, which violins are made of
        9) knobs are on pick guard, not deck
        The sound of this instrument is quite unusual. Being a violinist myself, is why I had to buy this. Never has a guitar been this close to a violin in design. The two pick-up model (AF105) doesn't qualify; pickup on the deck, as well as the knobs and pick guard.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The best in its price range by far!

        By Vince-MtP_e

        from Albany, NY

        See all my reviews

        I've owned this for 2 months. It's made surprisingly well. Comes with cheapie hard case. The neck sets up extremely straight for me with super low action using 12 gauge rounds. No fret buzz. Lots warmth and clarity. May be a tad trebly, but lowering the treble is fine. Could use a tad more mids. Tone is clear with no mud. Because it can get trebly, it can achieve more sounds; I was surprised it can hang well with a Tele, takes light distortion very well, and gets either bright Jazz or dark, warmer Jazz depending on your style & preference. The thing also LOOKS like a work of art! I?ve been looking around for maybe 6 years for a new Jazz box under a grand. I chose this over the Epiphone Emperor Regent?s because this is just a better box. For the price, you absolutely can?t go wrong with the Ibanez AF105FNT.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Classy Jazzy AF105F Hollowbody

        By Tony Means

        from San Francisco Bay Area

        I have been playing for 40 years. All styles of music. For about the last 15 years I have dedicated myself to Straight Ahead Jazz, Latin, Finger Style Jazz and Blues. The AF105F is a fantastic guitar, and a great value. I should know. I have owned a lot of guitars in my time. My other guitars; Gibson Howard Roberts Jazz Fusion (Black), a 1968 Fender Strat (Sunburst), A 1980 Ovation Classic, Washburn, Cordoba, Martin and numerous others. By far this Ibanez AF105F Hollowbody stands head to toe with all of them. JUST BUY IT, YOU WILL BE SO GLAD YOU DID.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Value

        By DotheJobRight

        from central WI

        See all my reviews

        I've been looking for a jazz guitar for several years now. A lot of them are more than 3K. The Artcore seemed to good to be true but based on the reviews I thought why not give it a try. I put D'Addario EXL115's on it to give it a more jazzy sound. The high E string that came with the guitar seemed too light. I really like the inlay and other custom touches. The case is cheap but Ibanez does make a nicer case which I will probably get. I also like the smaller bout size which makes it easier to transport. This guitar is as good as my other guitars...Martin HD-28, Fender Stratocaster, 1980 Ovation Custom Balladeer. I've also owned a Taylor 12-string, a 1927 Martin 0-21, and a 1947 Martin 00-18.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Jazz box at an incredible value

        By Jazzsurfin'

        from Desert Hot Springs, California

        I have been playing for over thirty years and I own top of the line Gibson and Fender guitars. However, the Ibanez AF105FNT is a fantastic value. The workmanship is excellent. The sound is what a jazz guitar should sound like. The floating pickup is not very hot but who plays jazz loud anyway. For its price range, it compares to instruments twice the cost. This guitar sounds the best throung my Roland Cube 60. Anything bigger would make it feed back. This is also a great guitar for a student or beginning jazzer. It is no wonder why this axe has great reviews in publications and over the internet.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best for the Price

        By Chuchi'sMan

        from Elmira, NY

        See all my reviews

        I have wanted a quality hollow body jazzbox for some time. My previous experience has only been with the two Fender solid bodies I own, a '72 Tele Thinline Re-issue and a MIM 60's Strat Reissue. I knew I wanted to start off with a high quality HB and knew what they would cost. I started with Gibson ES-175, and although very well made, it just felt like a Gibson Acoustic to me (ie needing a substantial break-in period. I checked out a Sadowski that was for sale in Ithaca, NY and was totally sold emotionally, but the price tag was not in my budget. Lo and behold, I tried out the AF105F and it had the nicest Jazz Tone without any effects. It also felt perfect in my hands.I am very happy with my Ibanez and will keep it even if I aquire a Sadowski someday.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gorgeous Guitar!

        By NotJustDixie

        from New Orleans

        I was totally dzzaled by the workmanship in a guitar at this price. It's made in China, and outside of a couple of tiny dark spots on the neck, I couldn't find even a slight flaw. I would have prefered an ebony fingerboard, but this is a beautiful tight-grainded piece of rosewood. I only had to lower the action a little for a very playable guitar. The 5-piece neck is 3 pieces of maple separated by two thin slivers of bubinga. The bindings, inlays, and the flamed maple box are all flawless. If you want acoustic warmth, buy this one!

         
        5.0

        A different Artcore

        By Pops-AEn6h

        from A house with a big man cave

        See all my reviews

        The guitar is an Ibanez AF105FNT. I also own an AK75D, and I just sold an 85 series box. I really like the cheap Artcores. TheAF105FNT has a more "acoustic" sound, closer to an acoustic guitar with a soundhole mag pickup. Not there, but closer. It is very suitable for fingerstyle jazz. It sounds wonderful through a Fender Deluxe Reverb, and the floating pickup does seem to reduce feedback, allowing you to play a little louder. Feedback is a problem, and this guitar probably works best as a solo instrument.Artcores are great. They are cheap, sound great, and you can dial in the necks and bridges so that the action and intonation are perfect. Be aware that Ibanez ships with .010 standard electric strings, which don't bring out the best qualities of the instruments. I use Thomastik-Infeld .013 Swing flatwounds on the AK75 for a warm, dreamy tone. They sound good on the AF105F too, but I think I'm going to try some D'Addario XL .012 nickel jazz roundwounds on it for more highs on the wound strings.

         
        5.0

        You get a lot for the price!

        By Vince-MtP_e

        from Albany, NY

        See all my reviews

        The price is so low for what you get it almost makes you laugh. These things set up, play, and sound better than guitars priced well over a grand. The fretwork is superb, tuning is great, tone, sparkle, warmth, Jazz and spank, it's all here. Hollowbodies will feedback no matter what you do. Only complaint: nut is cheap plastic.

         
        3.0

        Looks nice, sounds fine, but....

        By Mardin

        from NJ

        See all my reviews

        Looked great out of the box, setup was OK, though did not stay in tune for long. Sounded fine except for nasty buzz from the pickups that lessened when I touched the strings. Seemed like a wiring problem in the pickups, my other guitars sound fine through the same amp. I sent it back.

         
        5.0

        Better Then a Gibson.

        By STEVE LAURY-3NbnA

        from Az. and CA.

        See all my reviews

        I purchaced an Ibanez GB 10 back in the late 70s when they first hit the market. I loved that guitar. When I saw this guitar at Musicians Friend, I thought I would take a chance and buy it. I'm very pleased. Wonderful tone from the floating pickup and the workmanship is much better then a Gibson. I should know, I endorsed Gibson for eleven years and owned over 100 Gibson archtops during that period.For music clips, discography and reviews, put Steve Laury in the Google seach box. Thank you Musicians Friend!

         
        5.0

        Wow!

        By Blackdemon826

        from Yuma, AZ

        For about a year I was looking for a great sounding and affordable jazz box, the Ibanez Arcore AF105F was the right choice. In my search for a good jazz box I played many gibson custom shop reissues such as a Gibson byrdland and a 59 es-335 which price ranges were 4 grand and up. I didn't like the way they either played or sounded meaning I wasn't going to dedicate a large portion of my income to them for the next several months. But after awhile I got impatient and decided I would just get a cheapy jazz box. I read the reviews on this baby and then played one. I immediatly fell in love with this amazingly affordable guitar. The sound of this thing is amazing, the playability is great, and its finish is fantastic. Another thing people interested in this guitar should know is that the pic's avaible online are much brighter than the actual finish. It almost appears white online, but in person it's much more of a natural finish. Buy this guitar you won't be sorry!

         
        5.0

        A Perfect Jazz Guitar

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        I finally found a guitar that feels and sounds like the affordable jazz box I've been looking for. The quality is great, and value is outstanding. I've been looking at the Art Core line for over a year, and decided to spend just a little more on this beauty.

         
        5.0

        Good jazz guitar

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        This guitar is good for pretty much just jazz. It's a little bright, so make sure you use the rosewood bridge instead of the tune-o-matic. Overall, it's very good craftman's ship. Though, I am disapointed it is lamenated wood. But; for a good jazz guitar, I don't think it can be beat.

         
        5.0

        incredible value

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        I'm a diehard Gibson player, own several, including an es165 Herb Ellis model. I wanted an archtop to "knock around" with, and made the Ibanez AF105F my first purchase of an import guitar. This instrument is a quality piece - materials & craftsmanship are excellent. The neck is not as "chunky" as I like, but suits me fine. I am the consummate chord player, and find that tone is adequet for my purposes, condsidering the smaller bout size. A very nice instrument with a reasonable price tag.

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