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Classic elegance at a bargain price.

The Ibanez AF75TDG is a gorgeous hollowbody guitar from the Artcore Series. This versatile electric guitar boasts body and neck binding, Ibanez ACH pickups, and a vintage-style vibrato that brings the coveted sounds of country and rockabilly right to your fingertips. Twang out!

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  • Ibanez ACH pickups
  • Vintage-style vibrato
  • Body and neck binding
  • Case sold separately
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IbanezArtcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 35 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Small venues (4)
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    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

She's my Cadillac...

By G. Everett

from Winnipeg

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Normally I like to customize the heck out of my guitars to make them my own, but the only modification I've made to this guitar so far is to round off the nut for more comfort. It's already earning its first buckle rashes and battlescars and continues to amaze me every time I pick it up. It's a great starting point for creating your own unique hollow-body sound or replicating classic tones. If you have the money, you will not regret purchasing this guitar, even if your only use for it is as an ornament. It looks and plays as good as anything twice its value.
With golden hardware, immaculate finish, and proficient craftsmanship, the Artcore series of guitars are real beauties. My local store had the option of black or creme, and I had to buy the black one (although that red burst looks tasty as well).

This guitar is surprisingly light, as it is a full hollowbody. The body itself is narrow enough to be comfortable to play for smaller or female players. Unplugged, this guitar is as loud as any acoustic, but plays much more comfortably as the action is not quite as high. It has a nice bright sound thanks to the steel strings.

I find the factory pickups to be very nice-sounding for my style. They're rather warm, probably enhanced by the fact that I use flatwound strings, but the bridge pickup sounds clear and clean (for a humbucker) and the neck pickup has a beautiful softer tone for those creamy solos. When you select both at once, it's absolute heaven. Each pickup has its own volume and tone knob, which allows you to dial in exactly the sound you want - although even just cranked to 10 across the board it sounds phenomenal.

The Bigsby-style arm is the icing on the cake. The factory setup allowed it to go up or down one full step perfectly (or as perfectly as a Bigsby can get). It can be a little too noisy for using during live acoustic recording, as it groans a little when being adjusted. Deep-digging picking can cause the strings to jump off of their rollers on the bridge, but I only do that when I get carried away. There are so many neat things you can do with it that the benefits outweigh the scanty issues inherent to the mechanism.
Inside and out it is obvious that care has been taken in creating an instrument that looks, plays and sounds wonderful. No stray globs of glue, no cracks or poor joins, no loose parts, just sleek sexy craftsmanship the whole way through. The frets are well-defined and placed, and although I personally prefer chunkier ones these were a joy to play, especially legato. The tuners are smooth and precise in operation, and the pickup selector switch moves with military authority, no jiggling around. The only appreciable flaw I could find was a small burr on the finish in the inside of one of the soundholes, which was easily sanded down - and which went unnoticed by me for over a month.
For the money, I don't think you can find another hollow-body guitar that is even comparable in quality and overall versatility and playability. The fact that it sounds great plugged in or unplugged makes it a great starting guitar if you don't mind spending a little more than the average beginners instrument, and chances are you will fall in love and continue to use it long after you've established your chops.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PHENOMENAL GUITAR

By DOC

from TENNESSEE

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • BLUES JAZZ ROCK

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      This is a remarkable instrument for the money. I compared it against several other "box" guitars including the Gretsch 5120. Truthfully, there is no real comparison. This guitar is a beautiful work of craftmanship and is a pleasure to play. Just buy it and enjoy. You'll have no regrets. And I can say this as a performing musician having played guitar over a period of more than 50 years.

      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      IT'S THE BOMB

      By Khing Dheano

      from Dallas, Texas

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      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Very good!
      I've had mine for almost three years now. I keep thinking that I'll somehow "upgrade", I tell my wife that I'll sell this Ibanez when the next axe arrives...never happens. Get your axe set up properly by a professional, put some heavy gauge strings on it, (at least 12s). That's what this screamer is made for. I've got 14 guitars, I'll never let this one go. Not to mention how impossibly beautiful it is.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Artcore Series AF75TDG Hollowbody

      By Mellowgb

      from New York

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      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Overall, this is a a very nice guitar for someone who can't afford a Gibson. I am very much pleased with it, more so than I expected. I would recommend it to anyone on a low budget who wants a decent playing hollowbody.
      This guitar plays so nicely, much better than what I expected for the money. The body is hollow giving a full toned sound. It has a tremolo built into the tailpiece. Rolling bridge to minimize string slippage when using the tremolo; I haven't been having any excessive tuning issues, surprisingly. Ibanez ACH Humbuckers come stock in this guitar. They sound decent, especially when turned up. I replaced them with Gibson Classic 57's and now the guitar sounds great! I bought it as a backup guitar to my Les Pauls but I find myself using it much more than I had planned. It is a stunning looking guitar as well.
      I've had it for about a year and a half. I have no issues with the quality of this instrument.
      The value of this guitar to me is higher than what it actually sells for. It would probably sell for more with better pickups stock.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A beauty that plays like it looks

      By Studio B

      from Columbus, OH

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Nice to look at
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Good for everything

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I already owned an Artcore hollow body electric and loved it. My friend owns this one, and he loves it too. This one has a slightly thicker body and shorter neck than my other one (which is an AF75TD). So far, I have not taken this one out of the house, but playing it at home, acoustic or plugged in, has been a joy. It can get a very full mellow sound for jazz, or a nice twang for the type of rock I like to play (not much into distortion), but I'm sure it would be up to the task to play any style. It's a plus that it projects well acoustically for practice without an amp. You won't confuse it with an acoustic guitar, but it is a nice feature for my uses. I have many guitars and this one is now one of my favorites. I go by the feel of a guitar, and this one felt like it had come home as soon as I started to play it. I'm very happy I bought it.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      the best Christmas present ever!

      By MommaKim

      from Reno Nevada

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I got this for my husband for christmas, I wanted to get him something easier to play then our old acoustic since his hands have been giving him trouble, I didnt know what I was doing looking for a guitar like this, so I literally went to school for months learning about them. when he opened it on christmas, he cried, when he played it, he cried again, when he hooked it up, he cried again! an he cant say enough about it. he keeps saying "How did you manage to get such a wonderful guitar sight unseen?"

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The most beautiful guitar I have ever owned.

      By Chris Groce

      from Indiana

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I love it. I can't put it down. It is perfect for anyone wanting the vintage rockabilly sound or even blues or jazz. Very versatile.
      With the gold hardware and tremolo bar, you can't lose.
      Good solid guitar.
      It appears that this guitar will last a long time if cared for. Much guitar for the money and the sound is much more than some of the more pricey brands.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      First things First!! I did not purchase my Ibanez AF75tdg from MF. However I have purchased another guitar from them and the service is awesome. Ok AF75tdg pro's. Solid guitar doesn't feel cheep at all. Very easy to play, action almost perfect. Con's. Pickups are not great. Good but not great. However with the guitar being only $500 or so. You could swap out the pickups with something better and turn a $500 sounding guitar into a $2000 sounding guitar. For little money. I put SeymourDuncan Seth Lovers in mine and what a difference!!!. Had this guitar inspected by a pro guitar tech. Same guy did the pickup swap. He was very impressed with the guitar from construction to quality. Ibanez makes a very good product. His quote is "They hit the nail on the head" with this gutiar. Components are great, Roller bridge with the bigsby, tuners, Great. The nut at the head stock is plastic. You want want to have this replaced if you are into that. I highly recommend the purchase of this guitar. Find one cheap, swap the pickups and you will have a guitar worth keeping for a very long time.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      LOOKS TO DIE FOR

      By Grey Dragon

      from Cranberry Twp, PA

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      Pros

      • Fun - Any Style
      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Acoustically Thin

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Bought it because it was so beautiful
      Fun to play but it MUST be plugged into an amp. - Acoustically it's a bit thin (A Gretsch it's NOT)
      Sure looks and feels like a much more expensive guitar.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just the best (for the price)

      By B-Marie

      from Vienna Va

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I just love this guitar, For the price I paid, it was a steal!!!! I purchased it at a competator, not mucisans friend, GG, but it is the same guitar. You cant beat this guitar for quality and I have been playing for over 45 years. If you want an excellent jazz/blues guitar, do NOT pass on this one. Buy it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth several times the price !

      By Geezer

      from Rock Hall, Maryland

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        Although I have bought several guitars at Musicians Friend, I bought this one somewhere else. I have had it now for about 9 years, and think it very Beautiful. On mine the Bigsby tailpiece isn't inline with the bridgr and neck, so the strings and bridge move a little toward the pickguard after a fer days! This is easily fixed by gluing sandpaper on the bottom of the bridge or pinning /screwing the bridge in place. When I purchased it the cost was less then and included the case. The pickups are good and the finish is beautiful. The only thing that I didn't like is the gold plating on the pickups and Bigsby is so thin, it wore through in a couple of years. I am of the opinion that the pickups make little difference in the final sound of an instrjument, and changing the waveform with electronic means can get you any sound you need ! If you want a rock or country sound, use nice new bright strings and adjust the electronics as nessisary. If you want a jazz sound then use older deader strings like flatwounds, and adjust the electronics as nessisary ! I am glad I bought this guitar when I did, I seem to have saved myself a great deal of money in doing so. Even now I think it's a pretty good deal, because I think the price will continue to rise for mant years. It could be even considered an investment for the future. Get one, you won't regret it !

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Decent guitar, but...

        By Kiepa

        from CT, South Africa

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Great build quality

        Cons

        • Requires Pro Setup

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          Before I make any sort of instrument purchase I always research all the info and reviews I can find on the internet. This was no different - every single musician who bought this guitar was impressed with 0 cons whatsoever. No doubt this guitar is great for the price - solid build, fantastic clean, acoustic or crunch sound, smooth neck due to the bound fretboard and generally just a beauty to behold. But!

          Whether I received a dud or whether this is the norm on these Bigsby style tremolo guitars, my guitar was literally unplayable at first, with the strings going out of tune at a constant basis. I played vigorously for a couple of days and continued stretching the strings to help it "settle", but to no avail. Just looking at the tremolo would tune the strings out even faster. I handed my guitar in at one of South Africa's premier artisans who sets up guitars for all the country's most famous musicians. Even he admitted he had a tough time setting it up (as best as he could) with the bulk of his focus being on the nut.

          Today, the guitar plays 10x better, but still with tuning issues (especially on the 3rd string and especially when using the tremolo). It truly is a great guitar, but given the massive tremolo issues and the fact that you cannot tremolo upwards without a loud 'clicking' noise due to the tremolo spring, I would suggest maybe going for the non tremolo models.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          VERY NICE!!

          By Natives of the Kingdom

          from Tampa, Fl

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues
            • Worship Services

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            We went to look at a Gretch 5420T, and as we came into the store, my wife pointed out a "pretty" Ivory colored Ibanez Artcore AF75TDV with gold hardware near the front door. I touched it for a minute, untuned and unplugged and hmmm...OK? I was here looking for playability and sound by golly! So I promptly resumed my enmissioned route to the hollowbody rack.

            After 3 hours and 11 guitars in all; Epiphone, Korean Gretch's and Ibanez, I wound up with a red Artcore AF75 in my hand. I loved the sound and feel. We almost bought it, before I remembered the white "pretty" one she had found by the door. I went got it, and brought it into the booth and plugged it into the same Eggnater I had tested the others with.
            My wife had seen the look on my face when I played the first AF75 and when she saw me with the "pretty one" she told me it was my early christmas present (bless her heart!) Shucks I had to agree, and we took it home that day.
            I dropped the bridge slightly with the hand adj knobs, and it plays beautifully without a buzz. The pickups in the Gretchs sounded very slightly fuller in the warm mid tones, but nothing to jump about. The Ibanez really tromped the sound of all the others. The tonal range goes from Warm, to chimey, to cutting between use of all the tone controls.
            The neck is set into the body just like the Gretch 5420T. In fact the neck set, upper end neck kerf cut, and body construction (very sturdy) are so similar that if I had to speculate, I would almost say that either the same luthier makes both the Gretch 5420T and the Artcore. Either that or they built them with the same model manufacturing jigs.
            I played this guitar with our worship band last week, and the sound blended beautifully. I will be bringing her(my wife named her Jennny)to more of our weekly services for those songs that neither the Strat or the accoustic will fit well. For someone looking for a hollowbody electric and not budgeted for a Gibson Byrdland, or Gretch Country Gentleman, I would recommend this guitar.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great guitar - love it!

            By JD

            from Pratt, Ks

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                Love the sound - and the guitar. Would recommend it.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I felt like I was stealing at this price.

                By Dalton Cooper

                from Charlevoix, MI

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                Buy this guitar, NOW. The playability is amazing. the features and qaulity rival that of most Gibsons and Gretschs.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                High Value

                By Thespanky1

                from Medford, Oregon

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                I just bought this guitar for my sister who was looking for a less-expensive archtop. I used to manage a music store and I'm very well versed in archtops, as I'm a big fan of them. This guitar is built very well, and after comparing it to some similar guitars, this one was hard to beat. Quality of build - 9. Very nice attention to detail for a mass-produced guitar. On archtops I check for neck to body joint ? Clean. Also, have a look inside and check for wood joints. Make sure there isn?t excess glue or rough wood ? Clean. Check the bindings and make sure they are clean. The best place to check this is inside the ?f-hole?. Make sure there isn?t a ?hump? where the fret board meets the body. This is typically a trouble spot for less expensive guitars. This specific guitar has a very little hump, but when set up correctly plays fine. This is why it?s at a 9 and not 10.Sound - 7. Thick, present sound. I found it to be a little bright and put some flat wound strings on it to fatten it up a bit. Overall tone however is outstanding. Pickups have lots of volume and tone controls make a rainbow of tonal options. However, it?s not a Benedetto.Features (compared to competition) 8. Overall the guitar has "standard" features for an archtop. The big plus this guitar has over rivals is the tuners and pickups. Very nice compared to say a Gretsch, which has vintage "low-precision" tuners (on comparative models). The only thing I would have added to this guitar is perhaps a coil-tap pickup to get some more tone options. The other nice feature is the adjustable bridge that allows for action adjustments AND intonation (as opposed to, for example, an Epi Joe Pass which only allows for action adjustments). At this level of guitar, it's important to have as much tweak-ability as possible, as the construction isn't as precise as "high-end" archtops. Also, the vibrato is a nice, but rarely used option. Inlays are clean and the headstock looks awesome.Performance - 9. This guitar plays very well and has a wonderful neck. Having all maple is a BIG plus for live performance, as maple is less prone to feedback than other woods; mainly because it has less resonance and sustain. This is important for eliminating feedback, especially on archtops. Overall - 9. VALUE, VALUE, VALUE. This guitar, dollar for dollar, is very hard to beat. Well built, nice "upgrade" options, fat sound, plays amazingly easy. Just drop on some flat wound strings and have it set up - Then let your fingers do the talking. Cheers.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                amazing sound, quality, and everything!

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                Being more of an acoustic player/songwriter, i was amazed with this guitar in that it was louder and had a better sound quality then my regular acoustic... without even plugging it in. When i did plug it in... i could play anything from hendrix to harrison. amazing quality, and amazing sound. highly recommended!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                an awesome value,unreal tones

                By ibanized

                from niagara falls new york

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                i play guitar in a popular band,and my main axes are deans razorback dime,72 gibson custom les paul,brian moore,and 2 eb/musicman petruccis,as this is what our music demands.last year i purchased an upper model ibanez solid body for a couple evanesence covers.i was immediately in love with this jacked up muscle machine.i was recently asked to do some fill work for a friend who is releasing his second blues cd.he told me what he wanted from me,and i had nothing that would give me the tones he required.since i would not be using it alot i passed on gretsch,guild and went to the artcore series.the prices were right,the tones were versatile,and i found the sound he wanted.as i stood there trying to decide,my buddy came out of the stockroom with this model.the looks themselves are mind bendinding,but playing it was butter.i researched it,and found very little negative reviews.from pro to novice,the concensus was similar.he let me borrow it for the studio,and it was raved over.so i called ,gave my credit card to my buddy,and said it was not coming back.

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this guitar again. It's worth twice what I paid.

                By Bill

                from SC

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics
                • Sounds better than any fender guitar.

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar is so beautiful that I was afraid to touch it when I first saw it because I was afraid I might scratch it.
                  I finally picked it up and played it through my fender champion 100 amp and it sounded like a dream. It's the perfect size and weight for playing sitting or standing. This is a fantastic guitar for jazz, country, blues,
                  or Chet style finger picking. Just don't abuse or disgrace it by playing hard rock or heavy metal. This guitar was designed for real music.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Musicians friend is the best when it comes to satisfying the customer. If you get something that doesn't satisfy
                  you, they will promptly take it back and send you something that will. I know this for a fact because they have already doe it for me. You can buy with confidence.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent!

                  By Mitchy Slick

                  from San diego, ca

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AF75TDGIV Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                    This was a really fun guitar to unbox :) the thing was set up and intonated perfectly right out of the box. The strings are pretty thin that came with it but I'm looking forward to throwing some elixir mediums on there soon. The guitar is a lot brighter than my SG special with the right amount of warmth creating a nice contrast. My first bigsby type vibrato bar; I do feel like the bar is too low making it difficult to do simultaneous bending on the lower strings. Enough nay-say. This thing is a real beauty, here to stay!

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