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Ibanez Artcore AF85 Electric Guitar

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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 prod...Click To Read More About This Product

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Big-body tone and luxury appointments for a phenomenally small price.

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.

  • Flamed maple top, back, and sides
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • 22 large frets
  • Bound top and f-holes
  • ACH1 humbucker at the neck
  • ACH2 humbucker at the bridge
  • Mother-of-pearl/abalone block inlays
  • Sunburst pickguard that matches the body
  • Chrome hardware

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)



By llferg13

from Pittsburgh, PA

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 just might come home with it. Excellent job again to Ibanez for yet another fine, affordable product.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Good Deal

By Alchemy220

from Colorado

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  • Great Value


  • Stopped Making Them

Best Uses

    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.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    This is it!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    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!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Ibanez AF85 (hollow body)

    By johndoe234

    from asdfdad

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



    By mike-0PjMs

    from nashville tennesee

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Why pay more

    By Perry Combover (

    from Yuma, AZ

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Low price great quality

    By Jesriff27

    from Cottage Grove, mn

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    I have owned everything

    By Tsand

    from OC California

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    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.


    the coloring is not as advertised, but beautiful

    By Onne

    from NYC

    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.


    Buttery tone...

    By OnTheGrass

    from Medham, NJ

    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.


    pretty good box for the bucks

    By Tahoeworkindude

    from Reno/Tahoe

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    Okay, I tore six ligaments in my hand right after I ordered this, so I haven't had much of a chance to play it until now. It will make good therapy for my recovery (good thing- I'm booked next week!) This is a pretty good box. All I wanted was a hollow-body with two pickups so I wouldn't have to carve a hole in my Herb Ellis, and I chose well.Things that are not so good- pickups are cheap, but I'll replace them with Mighty Might PAF's for a few bucks- I've always been happy with them. I'll probably put in better switches, wire, etc. as needed. they're good for now.The keys are awful- slip badly, but easy to replace.My biggest complaint- these are not "medium" frets, they look like mandolin frets. Fret jobs are expensive, especially on bound necks. Getting decent frets will cost more than half what I paid for the guitar. Also, the neck radius is pretty flat, and the nut is high- plays a bit rough, but I can contend with the radius with some time.Good things- well made box that will sound great with better pickups. The flame maple isn't as pretty as the ad represents, but not bad. The binding and other details are nearly flawless. It's not a hand-rubbed lacquer finish--do I care? No. It's nicely done, and frankly after nearly 40 years of guitar playing, I've never gotten excited about a guitar because of the hand-rubbed finish- oh well.The tailpiece is nice and heavy- a bit surprising- and the bridge is great if the saddles hold up over time.Someone claimed the inlays were fake- i don't think so. They are probably very thin however, which will be a potential problem if it needs a fretjob. They are beautiful, and I hate cheap inlays, so that's nice.The 3-piece neck looks and plays very nice. It should stay pretty straight the way it is made.Overall, a good guitar.


    Artcore AF85 Vintage Violin Finish

    By FabFourNo9

    from Deer Park, NY

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    A fantastic bargain!! This guitar looks and sounds like guitars costing twice the price. It's the right size and weight. I was immediately blown away by the quality of it's construction, the color and the finish on this ax. Internet pics of this guitar look more orange than in reality. The actual color is definitely Vintage Violin, more of an orangie brown than in the pics. It looks beautiful and sounds fantastic!!! Don't think twice, buy it.


    Got to have one

    By Swinging Norm

    from newington CT

    I took one out for a test drive; the fit, finish, tone and playability was outstanding. I've got to have one!


    loved it


    from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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    I Played this guitar at the local music store, and i fell in love with it instantly because of its roaring pickups, quick action, and size. it's such a great guitar and i wish i bought it instead of my takamine G530S. If you're given this guitar as a choice, TAKE IT!


    AF85: Awesome.

    By EeinX

    from Cleveland, TX

    Just bought and recieved an AF85, and it's so slow action that I can barely keep up with myself! This guitar is made for any kind of music you're looking for. Metal, blues, rock, bluegrass. ANYTHING. I've played it all. The AF85 is an amazing pick. I give it a NICE 3 thumbs up. ;D


    Very Good Guitar

    By Guitaristguy

    from Los Angeles, Ca

    Ok, I'll be straight with you. I am a guitarist of a fairly well known band across America. I bought this guitar the other day, as we're not on tour right now and I was doing some experimenting. To be honest, I would even try this guitar out a couple times on stage...well, maybe. I own a Grestch White Falcon, and quite frankly I am very impressed of how much the AF85 measures up to it. A couple things are obviously cheaper, but then the falcon has gold hardware, so it's an unfair comparison. One problem I've had is that the solo stops at the 17th fret, which is annoying, but the guitar is very good in other ways. I prefer the action on the falcon...but overall, if you have some money to spend on a guitar, buy this. Dollar for dollar it's ten times better than the falcon.



    By Robocaster

    from Gorham, NH

    I have owned this guitar for a year and I have to say it is a great guitar for the price. The only thing I had to do was lower the nut slots slightly when I changed the strings to Gibson Jazz Light 11-52. I tuned the guitar at 433 and I usually play it unplugged for practice. It sounds like a good acoustic when unplugged. When I plug it into my Blues Junior it sounds superb. I play heavy metal, rock, jazz, and do some finger picking as well. This guitar does it all equally well.


    Excellent Jazz Guitar from Ibanez

    By drojas

    from San Jose, CR

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    With great looks and great sound, this is an excellent jazz guitar for everyone!


    I LOVE this guitar!

    By zod4C6JEy

    from Hollywood, Ca.

    This guitar is a total joy to play! It sounds so good. It plays so smooth. And if the retail price was three times what it is, I would still buy it. I mean, the day I bought mine I went to a few stores and played some $1,000 to $3,000 Gibson jazz guitars before accidently stumbling upon my Artcore later in the day. I could't believe my fingers. My ears. And I still can't believe the price! I may buy another one!


    Great value ... Great quality!

    By Great White North Guitar Guy

    from Canada

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    I bought this guitar last month, and have been absolutely amazed at the way it plays. It feels good, plays great and sounds nice.I had a professional jazz musician check it out, and he suggested if I switch out the pickups for some seymour duncan jazz pickups, that it will sound even better and would be professional grade.

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