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Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar  Flat Tobacco 

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A no-nonsense hollow-body that delivers the feel and sound.

The bound, all-maple full hollowbody provides tight resonance without feedback, perfect for that muted jazz tone and fully flexible for everything from alt rock to pounding punk. The mahogany set neck with bound rosewood fretboard is a delight to the digits. An ACH-ST humbucker at the neck and ACH-ST at the bridge provide a beefy, quiet signal with pronounced mids.

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Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar

  • Bound, all-maple full hollowbody
    Mahogany set neck
    Rosewood fretboard
    22 frets
    ACH-ST humbuckers
    Master Volume/Tone
    3-way pickup toggle
    Tune-o-matic bridge on floating base
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IbanezArtcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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Versatile, Quality Jazzbox at a Great Price

I like the Dot looks and the antique brown flat finish. It's more than just a stuffy looking hollowbody. And with the tone the pickups produce, it can do more than just jazz....Read complete review

I like the Dot looks and the antique brown flat finish. It's more than just a stuffy looking hollowbody. And with the tone the pickups produce, it can do more than just jazz. I simply don't put this guitar down unless I'm reaching for an acoustic.
The Artcore series from Ibanez is their traditional full-hollow electric series with two f holes on an all maple artchtop and arched back. It has a bound mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard and simple pearl dot markers on the fretboard and the side of the neck. There are 22 smooth frets. The neck heal is carved quite sharply so that there's very little heal to interfere with your hand going up the neck. The headstock is black with an easy access truss rod plate that swings open without have to unscrew it.I had a hard time finding the dimensions, so I'm going to include them here: 11 3/4" upper bout width, 10" waist width, 16" lower bout width, 20" body length, and 2 3/4" body depth. The neck dimensions were very thorough on the Ibanez site: 24.75" scale, 43mm nut, and 57mm at the last fret.This guitar has an Antique Brown flat finish and the binding is more of a creme to match the finish. A bright white would have stood out too much. The f holes have no binding. They're stained black. The hardware is all silver. The Ibanez website says gold. It's not. I think the other AF guitars may be gold.They also show the controls wrong on the Ibanez website. They have them in the wrong order. It has three controls: a volume close to the bridge, a three way pickup toggle, and then a tone control the farthest down on the body. It's like an Epiphone Dot of the archtop world. The two pickups are Ibanez's ACH-ST Humbucking Ceramic pickups. They describe them as "Moderate output ACH pickups, Clean sounding with a rich harmonics." They don't have covers which seems to fit with the spartan Dot look. The electronics are a consistent black theme.The tailpiece is very simple looking and easy to string. The bridge is a Tune-o-matic on floating base. It's Ibanez's ART-1. I'm not sure about the wood, but it's fully adjustable and very easy to get the correct intonation.I give it a 10 for execution. Yes, it is not full featured like other archtops, but for a Dot instrument, it is fantastic. Some people will miss the other volume and tone controls. I like it that way. Less fuss, easier to use. Heck, even some top of the line jazz guitars (Gibson ES 165) have this setup. Some people may not like that the truss rod plate swings open on a hinge. I find it convenient.
I was surprised at how well the AF 55 is constructed. I fully expected some finish flaws or maybe some fit issues. The frets are smooth, there were no rattles or buzzes.

It was also extremely ease to setup. It came very close to perfect intonation from the factory. I had to remove some protective material on the pickups and under the bridge and make two simple minor adjustments on the low E and A bridge to get perfect intonation. The action was just right and the neck is straight.
What a deal. I got the Musician's Friend pricing less a special holiday discount. This guitar well exceeded my expectations for the price. Thanks, MF for offering it at this price and Ibanez for providing a quality, good featured jazzbox.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just One Thing, but Kind of Important

I'm in agreement with most of the positive things I've read regarding this guitar. And will add that there is something very exciting and inspiring about how well it plays. I kind of wish...Read complete review

I'm in agreement with most of the positive things I've read regarding this guitar. And will add that there is something very exciting and inspiring about how well it plays. I kind of wish it had a pickguard (purely for cosmetic reasons), but the reason I'm adding my voice to the din is regarding the pups. I haven't spent enough time to say if I'd change them for how they sound, but here's the thing: like many guitarists, I rest my right hand around the bridge. Right away I noticed the odd rubbing sound the results from any interaction between a finger and the ribbon-y thing that wraps around the pick up. Either end or side. If you try to stay away from contacting the pup with a hand you'll wind up holding your hand (or at least I do) in some way that feels unnatural. And likely leave you crampy and grumpy and frustrated. I'm not sure this is a deal-breaker yet, but it is making this more of a sofa guitar than a plug-this-sucker in guitar. I'm just saying.

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3.0

Just One Thing, but Kind of Important

By Dizby

from Croton-on-Hudson NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

    I'm in agreement with most of the positive things I've read regarding this guitar. And will add that there is something very exciting and inspiring about how well it plays. I kind of wish it had a pickguard (purely for cosmetic reasons), but the reason I'm adding my voice to the din is regarding the pups. I haven't spent enough time to say if I'd change them for how they sound, but here's the thing: like many guitarists, I rest my right hand around the bridge. Right away I noticed the odd rubbing sound the results from any interaction between a finger and the ribbon-y thing that wraps around the pick up. Either end or side. If you try to stay away from contacting the pup with a hand you'll wind up holding your hand (or at least I do) in some way that feels unnatural. And likely leave you crampy and grumpy and frustrated. I'm not sure this is a deal-breaker yet, but it is making this more of a sofa guitar than a plug-this-sucker in guitar. I'm just saying.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not Bad for the Money!

    By blackhillsron

    from Black Hills of South Dakota

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

      I will give the AF55 five stars based on price alone. You are not spending a fortune. The pickups are pretty basic, the fit and finish is better than average. With a little tweaking, a set of flat wound strings, adjusting the pickups (solid posts, a little more challenging) and the bridge, it is more than playable. One volume and one tone control limits your options somewhat but with a couple of foot pedals or a good amp, this guitar will make music. I have always said, it's not what you play, it's how you play it and this guitar has lots of tunes in it. The finish is unique and you don't have to worry about finger prints. I plan on upgrading the pickups and tuners but there is nothing wrong with what it comes with, just my taste and preference.

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      5.0

      Amazing!

      By Brian

      from New York

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Jazz & Blues
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

        I have not had ANY tuning issues at all. I'm not sure why others have had such a hard time. I did change to flatwound strings for more a Jazz Tone, however, I had no tuning issues before that either.

        But the Feel of the neck is SMOOTH as Satin.

        After a set up (as ANY guitar would need) this guitar is perfect for me. I own a Gibson ES335, A Martin DC Aura, A Fender Strat, and now this Ibanez and it clearly belongs with this group.

        The Guitar is a no frills, no messing around, type of guitar. 1 volume, 1 tone, and a 3 way switch. If you can't make this guitar sound how you need it to, then perhaps this type of guitar is not for you. This is a JAZZ BOX guitar. The bridge pickup is very bright and clean for crystal clear highs (Jazzy Country) and the Neck has a warm, creamy, tone for beautiful Jazz & Blues.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        SOMEONE LET A GOOD DEAL SNEAK BY

        By Vince Dees

        from CT, USA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

          LOOK IT DOES NOT HAVE MUCH IN THE WAY OF BLING...but if you want honest tone, some true grit and balls to the walls....this is for you.
          I have been playing for oh so long...and my first guitar ever was a 1964 GIBSON ES 125 TDC with the old 'dog ear' P90s...that was a thin bodied fully hollow guitar. The AF55 is fully hollow as well but is about an inch and a half deeper...and it makes the difference. I am fed up with solid body guitars with their cold, brittle sound and their lack of chord articulation. I have come home to the sound I started with long ago. If you happen to be a "shredder" this may not be for you...but if you play mostly with soul, heart and pure emotion...then this is for you....now it ain't fancy schmancy...but who cares....

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          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not so good. had to fix it before playin

          By 8 Ball Playa

          from Texas

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

              Has a generally nice look to it, but the fun stops there. There is a flaw in the way the tailpiece is placed. It does not line up with the neck as it should, and as a result, it shifts the position of the floating bridge out of alignment. I have been working on and repairing guitars for several years now, and this is the worst example of basic craftsmanship I have seen in a long time. The fix to it was a repositioning of the location where the tailpiece mounted into the guitar, and also had to bend the rods of the tailpiece to force it to line up with the neck. To take it to a pro to have the work done would have cost more than the guitar costs when new. Now that I have spent 3 day working on it, I can say I have a playable instrument, but it should have never passed quality control at the plant in the first place. Bottom line is: If you want a playable guitar, spend the extra cash on something that does not require major fixing before it can be played.

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A great deal

              By MN Mark

              from Duluth MN

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              Pros

              • Articulate Great Looks
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

                This guitar is great for the price. I've had it a few weeks now, and it's beginning to open up a bit now. Right out of the box this guitar exudes attitude. The simple, straightfoward, look of a guitar with minimal featres and finish always seem to catch a person's eye. Still, the fretboard is bound, and the frets have no sharp edges. The shorter scale & 20 frets might turn some off, but if you need more frets for what you're playing then this is not the guitar you want...Ibanez has better shredders anyway. Personally, I think the inside of the f-holes should have been at least finished in the same hue as the binding. But beyond looks the AF-55 has a good feel & sound. The naked 'buckers will pretty much provide the crunch or sizzle that you want, but the hollow body will give it it's own tone. I played everything from jazz, to country, to funk, to rock, to blues, & even tried some punk and metal. As you'd expect, it excels in jazz as well as country, and with a bit of effects can lay down some nice blues tones. Not so much in the other genres, but again, that's not what you buy this guitar for. One thing I WILL change soon, is the tuners. The gear ratio isn't what I'd like on it, & they're not locking tuners. The D & G tuners on my guitar are particularly sloppy...and no, it's not loose tuners. Tuners are an inexpensive solution, & as I'll eventually have my guitar guy set this up for me, I'll get some tuners for him to replace as well.
                All in all, a GREAT value, & I'm glad I snatched one up. I think you would be too.

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                (6 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Cheap, good enough for a hobbyist.

                By Stanislao

                from South Dakota

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Looks Great At A Distance
                • Looks Great From A Distan
                • Sounds Good
                • Very Cheap

                Cons

                • 20 Not 22 Frets
                • Doesn't Like Low Tunings
                • Looks Cheap When Close

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

                I love it, I really do. Hardly a professional guitar, but there is no point in spending four times as much for a hobbyist like myself. This is my first guitar, only had it for two weeks. So keep in mind that I don't really know much at the moment.

                It is obvious that the price point was achieved by skimping on unimportant things. Note the lack of a pick guard, and use of a simple floating tailpiece. On close inspection, other cost saving measures become apparent. Plastic is used extensively, the neck edges, nut and inlays. The truss rod cover is also plastic, and distressingly thin. Volume and tone knobs are clear plastic with a black and white pattern on the inside. Switch has a plastic piece screwed onto it. Discovered this after it unthreaded and came off in my hands. Threads are plastic acting on metal threads, probably won't last long.

                Cheap black paint is used to line the sound holes. A rather disgusting finish can be found in the hole for the truss rod and very bottom of the neck, behind the pickup. Not that many people look there.

                The neck, back and sides of the body have a very weird feeling finish, almost like plastic. Back of the headstock has a different weird texture, partially black painted.

                Not sure what the tuner knobs are made out of, but it feels cold, looks chromed and does not attract a magnet. I would not expect Austenitic stainless in this application, so I think it is a cheap metal with a chrome finish. Frets are chromed, but not cold or magnetic. Not sure what material they are, but hey don't seem to be wearing in any way.

                Again, I love it. This is a cheap guitar for hobbyists like me.

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                (22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great workhorse guitar !!!

                By Armon Haumer

                from Cleveland, OH Rock Capital of the World!

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                Pros

                • Easy Access To Truss Rod
                • Fun To Play
                • Gr8 Intonation
                • Gr8 Neck
                • No Gloss Finish To Clean
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

                  I really tried to find a reason NOT to like this guitar, but honestly, I couldn't find one, that's how great the AF-55 is!

                  This is a working guitarist's instrument!
                  The feel, fit and finish is perfect.
                  The body depth and shape is perfect.
                  It can be modified into an awesome guitar.

                  Having said that, nothing really needs modified. I replaced the bridge with a solid, compensated rosewood bridge.

                  The plain, stained tobacco finish is beautiful (in my opinion). Internet pictures don't do it justice, seriously!

                  I have NEVER EVER played a new Ibanez guitar that had a twisted neck.

                  This guitar sounds perfect when played through a Henriksen Jazz amp 110.

                  I am proud of this guitar, regardless of the negative statements that guitar-snobs have to say about it. After all, it's all about the fingers, right?
                  I'm never getting rid of mine, unless I lose the ability to play.

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                  (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Lot of guitar for the price!

                  By geovet1942

                  from Modesto, CA

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                  Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

                  A whole lot of guitar for the price and better quality than lower end models from competing brands. Arrived well set up with nice low action and no sharp fret ends. Doesn't have a lot of flash and bling but personally I like the flat tobacco finish and plain hardware. The tuners have to go and I plan on replacing them soon! Good tone and sounds good unplugged. It is a little on the HEAVY side for a full hollow body, even heavier than some semi-hollow bodies!

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                  (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Don

                  By Don

                  from SE US of A

                  Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

                  Even with the disappointment of the machine head problem, I was so pleased with the guitar I would not send it back for warranty. If warranty had not replaced the loose machine heads, I would have purchased new one and installed them myself.
                  I am a Happy Camper!
                  Controls are simple but effective.
                  Had some issues with three of the machine heads but Ibanez replaced them. Guitar was ready to go straight out of the box. The action and intonation was so close I have not changed them.
                  The sound from this axe is what I would expect from a more expensive model.
                  Feels good, plays well and sounds great.

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