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The Ibanez Artcore AF85 Electric Guitar uses an ACH1 humbucker at the neck and an ACH2 at the bridge combined with an arched flamed maple top to produce smooth, hefty tone. Bound rosewood fretboard with 22 large frets, bound top, and bound f-holes provide lush looks accented by the sunburst pickguard that matches the body and mother-of-pearl/abalone block inlays. Flamed maple back and sides, set mahogany neck, and chrome hardware.
Reviewed by 44 customers
I just picked up an AF85 used. Best purchase I've made all year. Plays like a dream after I set it up and added new strings. I find it well made and sounds great as is. I may replace the pickups at some point, but like I said, it sounds great as is.
I was surprised at the quality once I cleaned off all the crud the previous owner left for me. I had played a 75 before and wasn't impressed. The price I paid for this guitar really makes up for any issues I may come across. The binding and inlays are great. The bridge is very nice for an inexpensive guitar. I also love the flamed maple top, back and sides. Something you'd find in a much more expensive guitar.
I got this guitar about 1 year ago, today it is my axe of choice. if you are serious about tone, and don't have a fortune to spend, this might be the right guitar for you. The only problem i have with this guitar is that there is a slight buzz in the pick guard. Although this is probably an easy fix, i think that for the price, it should not happen. this guitar has sweet tone, and causes heads to turn whereever it is brought. people commonly think that it is a gibson or something. Another bad: no solos above the 17th fret.
the other guitar player in my band has this guitar. The first time i played it i loved it. I used it for punk and loved it and i heard him playing some blues on it and it sounded great. I just might have to snag one.
All of the reviews on this fiddle are right on the money. I have a bad buzz on the 11th fret, but it just needs to be set up. Otherwise, the action is better than anything that I have played and the range of tones on this thing seem to be infinite. Everyone says "for the money.." but that is an unnecessary qualifier.
Ibanez as a company tends to be my choice in guitars, and I truly believe that the quality of their products compare favorably with many other higher priced guitars. That being said, this guitar is no different. I was looking for something with a beefier tone, that could satisfy that old-school vintage blues vein that I crave. I have found that most solid body electrics do do quite fit right for that style, so I knew that I would be looking for a hollow or semi-hollow body. After considerable time researching different models on-line, and four straight hours (to my wife's serious dismay) of shopping at the Guitar Center near my pad, I finally settled on the AF85-VLS. It is not as flashy as the AF75 models, with the deep blue or shimmering red paint jobs, as a matter of fact it kind of looks like big violin with the wood grain sunburst finish and matching pick-guard. It is easy to look past the very vintage appearance when you pick it up and strumm through a few tunes. The feel is great, with enough fretboard to fill your hands without overdoing it. The body is large, so if you are used to that slim 'Strat, this will feel really big. I think it still fits nicely. I will not bore you with the pick-up specs, as you probably read them before reading this review. I will say that the tone and feel with the front pick-ups is delicious, and can seduce the soul with that mellow whine, as well as blaze through some seriously beefy power-chords with the rear pick-ups; providing your amp is quality. I even caught my wife (who acts like she could care less) indulging in some old blues stuff that I've been playing for years, but somehow reached her with this guitar. The features on this guitar, such as the beautiful pearl block/abalone inlays, maple/mahogany neck, and bound fretboard increase the value of this guitar far past the mid-four bill price tag it can be grabbed for. Also, you can rest your worries on that upper f-hole feedback problem that many people are complaining about. I found no problems, as long as you do not play absurdly close to your amp. I love this guitar, and most players probably will too, due to its playability, quality, and versatility. Take a moment, and go out, find and play one for yourselves...you just might come home with it. Excellent job again to Ibanez for yet another fine, affordable product.
Overall, what I hoped for. The color is not as provided online but a lovely caramel. The action and tone, bindings, details and finish are top quality. The price only adds to my appreciation.
I bought this guitar 2 months ago and I am very happy I did! I?m a hard body type of guy. But I saw this beauty and had to see what other people see in semi-hollow bodies. I was floored with the tone, the feel and balance. The neck felt better than my LP standard. As far as the tone, very full sparkly blues tone. I play it on a Deville 410 and a Marshall MG50dfx. Although the Deville and this were made for each other, the MG50 also sounds good too. Overall the guitar is fun to play. Although upper fret access is a problem (above 17), but when I play this I mainly work on my chord progressions and blues/jazz. The finish was perfect. I couldn?t ask for a better guitar for the price, good job Ibanez.
Thank god for Ibanez. If I was to continue looking for a jazz box of this magnitude I would have spent over twice as much. The action is outstanding the sound quality is great and for its over all look I'm just flabergasted. Once again thank God for Ibanez.
I am a strat guy, but recently I was looking for a nice archtop (Gibson/Gretch). I was looking at the epiphone wildkat before I came across this beauty. I first played the af75 and was pleased with the tone, then noticed the af85 with the flame maple top and didn't think I could afford it. It looked like a guitar worth thousands. The extra hundred bucks was worth it compared to the af75. Everyone I show it to thought I spent a fourtune on it! Really dig the mother of pearl and abalone inlays. Great tone, great look, best guitar for the money, PERIOD!
This guitar is beautiful in its own world. It does not have to worry about competing with ES-335's, etc., because of its price and sound. There is nothing wrong with the pickups, although others change the bridge pickup. I own another electric that takes care of rock and roll, and any other hard stuff I wish to pump through. This jazz guitar has very nice tone and sustain and is very easy to play. I have heard that one needs to change the strings first thing, so I have done so. It sounds perfectly fine now. Bridge adjustments are easy if you use common sense. I have heard of others who have criticized the changing of the strings with the floating bridge. All you need is a bit of common sense. Work outside to inside and there is no problem, and actually very interesting. I personally do not believe a pickup change is necessary, but more power to you. It plays nice and clean the way I want. It looks fantastic. Perfect lines and nice color. This one was set up for me, but it does not take much to figure it out.