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Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar  Vintage Sunburst 

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An spacious-sounding jazz box with a spruce top, maple body and dual humbuckers.

Artcore players represent a wide range of musical genres, but the Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 Hollowbody Electric Guitar is dedicated to the jazz guitarist seeking to break new sonic ground with the addition of a 7th string. It features a spruce top and flamed maple back & sides for pure Jazz tone. This model has dual Artcore Custom-7 pickups to deliver the full range of tones and overtones that 7 strings can produce. The 20-fret fretboard produces that authentically warm jazz tone and to top it off: the AFJ957 comes equipped with high-quality flatwound strings.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • AFJ-7 Expressionist set-in neck
  • Spruce top
  • Flamed Maple back/sides
  • Narrow frets
  • Bound Rosewood fretboard
  • Pearl block inlay
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Artcore Custom-7 neck pu
  • Artcore Custom-7 bridge pu
  • Individual volume and tone controls with 3-way pickup selector
  • Flatwound strings
  • Case sold separately

Travel deep into your musical soul with this powerful archtop. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar

  • Neck Dimensions
    Scale: 628mm/24.7"
    Width at Nut: 48mm
    Width at Last Fret: 62mm
    Thickness at 1st: 20mm
    Thickness at 12th: 22mm
    Radius 400mmR

    Body Dimensions
    Length: 19-1/2"
    Width: 15-3/4"
    Depth: 3-5/8"
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IbanezArtcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Professional musician (4)

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5.0

Quality guitar at a great price

By Joe Pass wannabe

from Alabama

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    After seeing John Pizzerelli in concert and talking to him for a minute after and watching his instructional DVD, I really wanted to try a seven string guitar. I play gigs with an acoustic bass player. We play jazz standards at restaurants, wedding receptions, corporate events, etc. I have a Gibson ES 175 that I usually play and really like. However I really enjoy the sound John Pizzerelli gets. I put a set of LaBella black tape wound strings on this guitar, which are the ones that he uses. I did a little set up: tweaking the truss rod, adjusting the bridge. The action on this guitar is now really nice, no major fret buzzes to speak of. The sound of the guitar through my Jazz Kat amp is very nice. I tried it through a Roland cube and it didn't sound quite as good as the Gibson, but through the jazz kat I think it would be fine to play gigs with. I have not played it in public yet, I'm still getting used to the seventh string. Also, I got it at a discount because it was listed as blemished. It was hard to find anything wrong with it, possibly a little mark on the back but nothing major. I would say that it is worth the 799 but I got the blemished one for less than 550 so I am very happy! I recommend this guitar for anyone who wants to try a seven string but doesn't want to invest in a more expensive model until they are sure you like to play seven string.

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    3.0

    sub par

    By t91wheeler

    from Claremont, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I own several 7 string jazz guitars and a couple 6 stringers including a fully carved Raines with a Benedetto pickup, Raines 335 style, Schector Jazz-7, Gibson ES-175 Charlie Christian, and a very old ES-125 T. I wanted a guitar that would be in the same "ball park" as my fully carved one, which is incredible. I thought a full hollow with a spruce top (even pressed) might get close enough for gigging. Unfortunately this guitar has a very anemic acoustic volume and tone. I suspect the top is too thick, and/or bracing too rigid. Usually a good acoustic volume and tone translate to equally good tone amplified. The huge 17" but thin Schector semi-hollow actually has a warmer and louder acoustic tone. With that being said, this guitar is very well built with good appointments. Wish the fret board were ebony is my only complaint but for the money good. Amplified tone is bright (roll tone all the way back) but decent and gets you more into the 335 realm than any Super 400 or L5 vibe. Action nice out of box...sound will probably benefit from heavier strings...guess these start with .011" maybe .012". Will move up to .012" or .013" and hope sound improves. Bottom line this is not a viable acoustic guitar.

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      5.0

      Great Guitar, Great Value!

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      By Happyguy

      from MI

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        I have always wanted a 7 String Jazz guitar, this one presented its self I grabbed it! Plays great, just like most of the mid to higher range Artcores. After an initial set up with D'Addario flat wounds it played great acoustically. Frets good, finish good, and I really liked the look of the volume & tone knobs as well. It took me a bit to adjust to the 7th string, fret hand wise, eye/hand coordination takes a bit to adjust, but after a few songs I really loved the ability to stretch out and grab different chord inversions and experiment. For the price this is a steal, you will want a case and the Ibanez AF100C Fits it.

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        5.0

        Great Guitar for Any Price Range

        By JimsJams

        from Bradford, PA

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        Don't let the inexpensive price fool you. This is a quality guitar on par overall with my Hofner Chancellor and Epiphone Elitist Byrdland. The only better guitar in my collection is my Gretsch Country Club. I have a Gibson ES-175 also, but the craftsmanship of the Ibanez is much better.

        I play jazz, and the pick-ups have a bit too much treble with a flat EQ. It's of course possible to dial in a fatter tone, but that involves putting the bass higher than usual. I also physically lower the pick-up on the bass side so it isn't so boomy. The key to a good jazz tone is to get all the strings at the same volume. A particularly impressive thing, though, is that with the tone rolled all the way down, it doesn't get muddy. Maybe this was the reason for all the treble, so that really isn't a complaint.

        (Strings are D'Addario Chromes.) Further, the seven strings offer a lot of possibilities. I use either an all Major 3rd tuning or an all minor 3rd tuning. (You have to customize your string set for this, so the tensions balance correctly.) This allows me to have Major 3rds for four strings and minor 3rds for another four (the middle string is part of both sets of thirds). I wish Ibanez would make more 7-string options. I'd buy them all!

        All in all, this is a must buy. It helps that it's beautiful to look at, too!

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Jazz Guitar

        By jazzron

        from lomita, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live Performance

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          I've owned a Artcore AFj957 7-string for several months now and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It plays really nicely and has a wonderful dark, warm tone. It's also a beautifully constructed guitar and very solid. I play it professionally at club gigs and I constantly receive comments on how nice it sounds. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a nice jazz guitar.

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          This is a GREAT guitar

          By flyfishingmusic

          from WPG, MB. CA.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Stock strings

          Best Uses

          • Jazz Solo Guitar

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          After quite a bit of comparison shopping I settled on the Expressionist. It was great out of the box but the strings had been installed incorrectly. It came with 12's and had relief in the neck and after a 4 hour solo jazz guitar gig, my hands were toast! So I dropped down to 11's and set the truss rod and it became a dream to play!
          here it is in action.
          http://youtu.be/MkWn5mpYtTU
          The box has a great acoustic sound and combined with the pick ups gives a great and complex tone.

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