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Ibanez AFC Contemporary Archtop Electric Guitar Sunrise Red

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For many decades, Ibanez has been re-energizing the hollow body world with a wide variety of original designs, unrivaled playability and polished ton...Click To Read More About This Product

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Customized for today’s cutting edge players.

For many decades, Ibanez has been re-energizing the hollow body world with a wide variety of original designs, unrivaled playability and polished tones. By closely working with many legendary artists Ibanez is constantly striving to experiment, innovate and deliver. This enthusiasm for exploration has led to the Contemporary Archtop series, customized specifically to meet the demands of today’s cutting edge players.

The AFC151 features larger headstock design, 3-piece Mahogany/ Maple set-in neck and bound Ebony fretboard with hand rolled fret edge treatment provide maximum playing comfort and smooth articulation. Built with a selected Spruce top, Flamed Maple back and sides with Flamed Maple bound hollow body, all dressed in beautiful high gloss transparent finish. As well as providing its stylish appearance these elements provide a balanced tone, and with the addition of plywood top, help to avoid unnecessary feedback. The Rock solid Ebony compensated bridge provides better intonation, longer sustain and acoustic resonance.

The AFC151 comes with the Ibanez custom made “Magic Touch-Mini” humbucker pickup, providing a balance of classic tones, alongside clear articulation on both the top and bottom of the sound spectrum. Players can enjoy the clean response on the top end, presenting fast melodies or complex chord progressions with clarity and precision. The bottom end also has a deep warm and rich classic sound, but with a clarity specially adjusted to help avoid muddy low end tones. 

This tonal balance is complimented by the pickup’s extra sensitivity that clearly captures and accentuates the players pick attack and plucking style opening the possibilities of a wide range of playing techniques. Thanks to floating mount, the “Magic Touch-Mini” pickup does not dampen the guitars natural body vibration, thus allowing a bigger richer acoustic tone. These are all complimented by the newly designed pickguard, tailpiece cover and wooden control knobs. The AFC151 comes with a hardshell case.

  • Spruce top/Flamed Maple back & sides
  • 3-piece Mahogany/Maple set-in neck, Ebony fretboard w/Mother-of-pearl off-set inlay, Medium frets
  • Magic Touch-Mini neck pickup
  • Ebony bridge w/Compensated saddle, VT14 tailpiece w/AFC Wood cover, Gold Hardware, Flatwound strings
  • Hardshell case included

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IbanezAFC Contemporary Archtop Electric Guitar

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic Archtop Guitar!


  • Acoustic Sound
  • Beautiful Finish
  • Easy Playability
  • Plugged-in Sound
  • Quality Construction


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Performing
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rehearsing

    Comments about Ibanez AFC Contemporary Archtop Electric Guitar:

    I play for fun now but spent many years as a touring professional. Jazz is my thing. Years ago, I had a single-pickup Gibson ES-175 that had the voice of an angel. I kick myself now for having sold it. My current ES-175 is the double pickup model and sounds great, but, with its deep body, it can be a bit much at times. As a result, I began to search for a single-pickup jazz box with the same scale as an ES-175 and a shallower body. My criteria: Easy to hold, easy to play, voice of angels.

    I tried out the new D'Angelicos, The Loar, Godin, several Ibanez Artcores and a few others. All were good. But, none really spoke to me. On the Musicians Friend website, I found Ibanez's Pat Metheny model (PM2). Short scale, single pickup, slightly shallower body. Looked perfect, but over the course of two weeks, I had to return two of them due to poor quality. Sad. I thought I had the winner. Then, I saw the new Ibanez Contemporary Archtops (released this year—2017).

    As of today (6/10/2017) there are no user-written reviews online for these guitars. None. There are a few Youtube "reviews" but most are commercials or are produced by people not familiar with jazz. Thank heaven for Nick Granville. Currently, his is the only review on Youtube that showcases this as a jazz guitar.

    Because MF is great to work with, I took a gamble and ordered the single pickup model in Sunrise Red. It arrived yesterday and I've already played it for about 4 hours. I am blown away. It sounds fantastic plugged in, and for a guitar in this price range it sounds great acoustically as well. Fretwork and neck are perfect. The finish isn't fire engine red. It's more like reddish shellac as you'd see on a cello. The wood grain shows through beautifully. It's a great looking, great playing, great sounding instrument that's easily as good as my beloved single-pickup ES-175—for about ¼ the price. The AFC151 would be great on any stage or in any studio. I highly recommend it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Good value

    By Jim

    from Santa Rosa, Ca.

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


    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez AFC Contemporary Archtop Electric Guitar:

    High frets from 12th fret ( only buzz on 1st string, but will have them properly milled - fret ends are done nicely..........shoddy workmanship on neck extension where pickup bolts on........overall, a good value for the price for sure........has good tone electrically - some vibration acoustically from body/parts

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