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Jazz to punk and everywhere in-between.

The Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar is a true hollow-body at a truly nice price. Killer finishes, full body/neck/head/F-hole binding, and precision-inlaid pearl bars on the rosewood fretboard make it look fabulous. ACH1 and ACH2 humbuckers provide a range from prim to pugilistic, making it a tonal tool for everything from jazz to punk to rockabilly. Vintage vibrato and roller bridge provide dive bombing or subtle waver.

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FEATURES
  • Maple top, sides, and back
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • ACH1 humbucker at the neck
  • ACH2 humbucker at the bridge
  • VBF70 vintage vibrato
  • ART2 roller bridge

Make it yours and add a whole new dimension to your music, whatever the style.

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IbanezArtcore AFS75T Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 216 reviews)

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Great Guitar for the Cash!

I bought this guitar for my son at Christmas. He loved it. I myself have owned nearly a hundred guitars in my life; usually I have around twenty in my collection at a...Read complete review

I bought this guitar for my son at Christmas. He loved it. I myself have owned nearly a hundred guitars in my life; usually I have around twenty in my collection at a time. Most of my guitars have been American made new and vintage instruments, Gibson, Fender, Gretch, PRS etc... I do have one Ibanez, an Alex Scolnick model from the eighties. It's a great guitar.

What impressed me first with the Artcore was how well it was built. It is at par with other Gibson and Gretch semi hollows I have owned in the past. Once I set it up, it plays very nice. Easy to play and has a descent fret finish. I do highly recommend you have a professional setup at purchase. This is not an instrument ready to go out of the box.

I have owned many Bigsbys and the Ibanez version works just as well as any original Bigsby. And just like a Bigsby you will hear the occasional harmonic overtones on the semi-hollow/hollow body archtops.

What impressed me the most was the pickups. My experience with Asian, especially China, is the pickups are thin and lack any dynamics. These however sounded incredible. I have spent thousands of dollars in my lifetime on pickups. Now would I compare these to a $500 set I have purchased in the past?... No. However given the cost of the guitar, they sound amazing. They have a very nice upper midrange tone with great dynamics. They are almost "P-90ish" in comparison. I would not waste my time swapping pickups.

Overall this guitar is a great value for the money!

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Inexpensive ... but, do you really want it!

It has lots of features and looks very nice. I used a friends through a couple practices and gigs. The fit and finish is ... well, inexpensive. Plays pretty well action...Read complete review

It has lots of features and looks very nice. I used a friends through a couple practices and gigs. The fit and finish is ... well, inexpensive. Plays pretty well action wise. Change the strings, they are really bad (we did). Acoustically ... it isn't. It looks like an acoustic but sounds like a wooden box. Electonically, pickups are tinny on the high end or hollow hollow on the low, really. (??? Sincerely don't know where the good ratings come from here. In practice I did side-by-side with low end Epiphone and there was no comparison. These are not very good.) I think the less expensive Epis are tons better for the log run. Finishes will last longer and body integrity will as well. With better pickups and a rosewood bridge it MAY be passable ... but, I would save my money a little longer and go for something better.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Howling Feedback Machine

By steverok67

from FL

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

I purchased the blue one about 7 years ago. I have always been impressed with how good it sounds acoustically - very balanced and sweet sounding. My rating is influenced by the price point. The guitar is very light and well built. The neck is slim and very comfortable. The appointments are very well done. Only negative is the tuners are a little flimsy, and don't work completely smoothly. I have used this guitar primarily for recording. You can get a smooth muted jazz sound with the neck pick-up, and an excellent rock sound with just a little distortion on the bridge pick-up. You can get a very pretty clean sound with both pick-ups. My favorite fun thing to do with this guitar is to generate a wailing feedback that results in some awesome crazy sounds. The body is totally hollow, so it is very prone to feedback. Add the hi-gain humbuckers and the Bigsby, and you have a formula for making some very interesting and tasty noise. This guitar can do alot ... highly recommended !

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar for the Cash!

By Edward Heisler

from AZ

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar for my son at Christmas. He loved it. I myself have owned nearly a hundred guitars in my life; usually I have around twenty in my collection at a time. Most of my guitars have been American made new and vintage instruments, Gibson, Fender, Gretch, PRS etc... I do have one Ibanez, an Alex Scolnick model from the eighties. It's a great guitar.

What impressed me first with the Artcore was how well it was built. It is at par with other Gibson and Gretch semi hollows I have owned in the past. Once I set it up, it plays very nice. Easy to play and has a descent fret finish. I do highly recommend you have a professional setup at purchase. This is not an instrument ready to go out of the box.

I have owned many Bigsbys and the Ibanez version works just as well as any original Bigsby. And just like a Bigsby you will hear the occasional harmonic overtones on the semi-hollow/hollow body archtops.

What impressed me the most was the pickups. My experience with Asian, especially China, is the pickups are thin and lack any dynamics. These however sounded incredible. I have spent thousands of dollars in my lifetime on pickups. Now would I compare these to a $500 set I have purchased in the past?... No. However given the cost of the guitar, they sound amazing. They have a very nice upper midrange tone with great dynamics. They are almost "P-90ish" in comparison. I would not waste my time swapping pickups.

Overall this guitar is a great value for the money!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable for the price

By Brian

from Jackson, MS

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

I was rather snobbishly inclined to reject Ibanez as a legitimate candidate to produce a guitar with the attributes I desired in a hollowbody, but all it took was picking this beauty up one single time and strumming a single chord to overcome my prejudice.I was instantly impressed with the weight and balance this model offers. I do not think there has ever been a guitar produced, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, that has ever had such a pleasing neck/body weight distribution as this model. When seated or standing, neck shifting is a foreign concept, and where you place the guitar is where it rests. Not wanted to delude myself, I plugged the guitar into the crappiest solid state cheapie at the shop so as not to get a false impression of what she would sound like when I got her home. This did not even suffice to turn me off of her. I am absolutely amazed at how responsive the pick ups are to tweeks in the volume and tone. Usually humbuckers on a cheaper guitar only sound decent when turned up to ten and will get muddy when you need to back off a little. These do not suffer from this condition. The clarity and response is amazing when you need to take a litte edge off when playing distorted, which truly makes this a versatile instrument. When clean, Atkins, The Ventures, Travis, Benson are all attainable at various levels of volume. Distorted, Reverend Horton Heat, AC/DC, Nugent sounds are all available depending on where you set the knob, without losing any pronunciation in the individual notes.The fretwork is unbelievable at this price. Usually a hollowbody at this price suffers from that horrible ukelele/toy instrument fret condition. This guitar is comparable to any Gibson or Gretcsh in the quality and size of frets (I will say the size of the frets seems vastly superior to Gibson). One drawback seems to be the intonation in upper registers is not on par with similar domestic manufactured instruments. This, however, is not dramatically noticeable, and seems to be the only drawback to the guitar. The vibrato system works as it should, and while (don't be fooled by others who tell you otherwise) IT WILL knock the guitar a little out of tune, it does exact nearly the same damage as other guitars I've played with a "Bigsby"-style tailpiece. This is probably testimony to the nut/tuners setup, but after having the guitar a short time, I do have to say I am not yet certain about the tuners. For right now, they seem to be adequate. For the rest, the finish is awesome, the binding work is awesome, the inlays (I usually don't like red, but got it anyway because the inlays are so much better than on the other finishes; why are those inlays only available on the red finish?) are AWESOME for the price, and the electronics seem reliable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Blue Beauty

By George-8bs._

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

A few years ago, I saw this guitar in a musicians friend catalog and I loved the color ("ocean blue") so i went to a guitar center to check it out. I was a man of little money back then, so it took me a while to save up. By the time I got the money, gretsch came out with the electromatic hollowbody that was at an affordable price (for gretsch anyway) I saved up more money and finally went to the guitar center to buy the electromatic. I strummed a few chords on each, and the tone was SO much brighter on the Ibanez, so I decided to buy it anyway and got a VOX Valvatronix amp to match. Since then, I have loved both, the tremolo sounds AMAZING, the tone is second to none, and each pickup even has seperate tone and volume knobs, giving you complete control over how you sound. I remember one case where I took the guitar out after it being in the case for like 3 months and the tuning was still almost perfect! I might consider buying the electromatic too, but with the guitar's killer looks killer features, and killer sound, I have NEVER, ever, EVER regretted purchasing this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value!

By former telemeister

from Cleveland area

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

I was looking to replace an Epiphone Emperor II I'd recently sold. After trying a number of semi-hollow bodies at the local Guitar Center, I ordered the AFS75T from MF. It is a terrific replacement! Solid construction, great jazz to blues/rock tones, and easy playablity. I'd recommend this guitar to anyone looking for an affordable semi-hollowbody to add to your collection. One other thing: I had the floating bridge permanately set by a local luthier. All in all a fun guitar to play!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the wait!!!

By ConfessionsSlpk

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

I received this guitar for Christmas (well a picture. Everywhere was out of stock) and this is one great guitar! When I first unpacked the guitar (well done by the way!) I strummed a few chords, decent sound if you're just passing the time in your apartment. I finally plugged this in and it blew my mind! The build of this guitar is fantastic. I doubt it will ever fall apart (like others I've seen). Ibanez really does a great job!! The moment I unpacked it a few of my fraternity brothers came in and I reluctantly let them try it out. Lets just say that Ibanez will have a few more orders to fill next month. Fantastic guitar Ibanez. Keep it up!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A GREAT JAZZ AND BLUES GUITAR.

By Maddad

from Iowa

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

If you are looking for a guitar to play Heavy Metal, keep looking. This is NOT the guitar for you. But, if you are looking to play smooth Jazz, or Blues. It allows for different set-up options. Once it is properly set-up, it does not move around. The Bigsby style vibrato does not take the guitar out of tune with moderate use like most Jazz or Blues players would use it. This guitar will not have near enough low end crunch to play metal. It does suffer when heavy distortion is used. I use my Les Paul Custom for that. Reaching fret number 20 is difficult without altering your hand position. Overall, the finish is very nicely done (Mine is transparent Blue). If you want a good Hollow body guitar that doesn't break your bank account, give this Ibanez a try, but remember that each one that you pick up will sound and act different because of the floating roller bridge. Ask the set-up person at the store to help set it up for your style. I have had mine for 2 months now, and have not had any tuning issues yet. It has a nice light feel to it It will not strain your back and neck after long periods of playing.

 
5.0

Simply Amazing

By Jazzed

from California

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

This guitar does it all. The Artcore will give you everything from crunch to smooth, and it looks and feels awesome. Considering the very small price tag on the guitar, it's an amazing value, too. I bought it about 2 years ago, and I can't stop playing it. The body is very light, and the neck is very comfortable. My only complaint is the tremolo bar: It's a bit clunky, and just seems to get in the way. I would recommend buying the one without the locking tremolo, unless you feel that you REALLY need a tremolo bar. All in all, this minor disadvantage is shadowed by its amazing quality. Great range in adjusting the tonality, as well. If you're in the market for a good modeling guitar, an upgrade to something new, or if you're just plain sick of Strats and Les Pauls, then you'd have to be crazy to pass up this extremely versatile, economic and sweet-looking guitar.

 
5.0

gorgeous sound for the price

By crazyhector

from Claremont, CA

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

i have been extremely impressed by the full sound that this guitar gets. you wouldn't expect it from a guitar at this price, but it is incredible. looks cool too.

 
5.0

Awesome value!!

By Pianotuner

from upstate NY

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

Ibanez made a HUGE mistake pricing this so low-don't be fooled,it is AWESOME.The brownfinish looks just like George Harrison's guitar,and it sounds like it too.This axe should sell for twice as much at least! Plays great,tailpiece/tremolo bar are well built,and great binding.Only complaint-the fret board inlays look cheap,but so what!

 
5.0

AWESOME! Best Value!

By Burton

from Raleigh, NC

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

Beautiful fit and finish, stays in tune, well built, mid-range Filtertron-sound alike pickups sounds great. I'm buying another one.

 
5.0

9 1/2 stars

By Drew-Dg4mt

from Huntington Beach, CA

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

Wow whatr a great deal. Im in a alternatve rock band dren and starting a punk band. Now I was looking for a hollow body and this really caught on to me. I have a gibson les paul and a fender strat and this is one of the best guitars for its price. I mean this thing can play jazz and blues to punk rock. I recomend it strongly and Im going to buyt it soon.

 
5.0

Artcore Rocks!!!

By ILikeGuitars5

from Little Rock, Ar

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

Picked this guitar up the other day, instantly happy with it. The neck plays fast and smooth. Initial set-up was a bit off, but many are from the factory. Amazing tone machine here. I am playing it through a Peavey Ranger 212 tube amp. Roll the pre-amp gain back to about 7 and it will give you a nice growl with the mids and lows punching through and a nice creamy treble. Clean tone rings like a bell. Very crisp and responsive. Be careful with the trem, too much will put you out of tune slightly. Been playin' about 9 years and have played many different guitars. This one is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Very happy with this guitar and its sound. Almost like it as much as my Les Paul.

 
1.0

Review

By scars-KqMkT

from san francisco,ca.

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

this guitar is impossible to keep in tune. the vibrato squeeks when in use.i have tried everything with the bridge to get it to play in tune and no luck. i've been playing guitar profesionly and semi pro for about 30 years the only thing i find use for this guitar is a wall hanging, it does look nice.

 
5.0

Highly Recommended!

By PartialtoMarshall

from New Mexico

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

Tone! Tone! Tone! Followed closely by playability. I am very pleased with this purchase. I always squirm a bit when looking at these Artcore tops - they sort of look warped but they are not - that's just how Ibanez makes 'em. Otherwise flawlessly beautiful guitar. Tones are flat out supernatural: Jazzy, Gretschy, Twangy, Surfy - does it all! Stunning value. Like it so much, I might buy a second one!

 
5.0

really good

By mexi1543

from SLC UT

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

Well this guitar is different in every one the one I got was used and it was amazing, for some reason they all sound different but you can't order this you have to find one that sounds good so the bigsby on it just untunes the g-string just a little so if you have time to tune between each song then it's fine, but other than that this guitar is freakin comfortable to play the neck is smooth easy for scale play or ska, punk, rocka and roll, basically any kind of music over all this is a great guitar and I recommend that you get it

 
2.0

A disapointment

By Twelve Dollar Suit

from Sylva, NC

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

The guitar feels cheap. I can't find an amp that amkes it sound decent. I've played it through Fender Twin, A fender Deluxe, a Fender Princeton, several peaveys and numerous cheaper amps.The vibrato tailpiece is located in a position that makes it vittually useless. You have to move your picking hand away from the string area to engage the vibrato.The selector switch is located so that when you down strum you can't avaoid hitting it ocasionally.I'll trade this one.

 
5.0

Artcore is an awesome line

By Artcore4life

from Morganton, NC

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

I have an Artcore almost exactly like this one and it is great for almost anything. From crunchy Nirvana to some crazy AC/DC(neck pickup cancels out a lot of noise) to some Tom Petty this thing can rock rythm and nonsense

 
5.0

A real beauty

By Jaymil53

from Valley Stream, NY

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

I learned to rock and roll on a Kay semi-hollow body in the 60's. That guitar was replaced by a Les Paul, a Shecter fat-stratn and a Fender Strat, but I missed the hollow body. I finally decided to add one to my collection, without breaking the bank and this axe did it. Beautiful workmanship, tone and feel. The minor complaint, as others have commented, is the placement of the pickup selector. Not a good spot with the whammy bar there. As for keeping in tune with the whammy, I solved that by replacing the stock D'Addario strings with Elixirs. A few dollars more, but it made the difference. I look forward to enjoying this guitar for many years.

 
5.0

Great Blues Guitar.

By Sweet Temple

from America

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFS75T Electric Guitar:

This guitar is simply amazing for playing some blues. The sound is nice and the guitar has a very nice feel to it.

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