Custom-built, made-in-Japan quality for the serious professional.
Ibanez takes it up another notch with Artstar Prestige, a new line of exquisite made-in-Japan instruments. For the first time ever, Ibanez brings the crown jewel of Prestige production to its Artstar hollowbody concept, making its credo: Hollowbodies of The Highest Order a mission statement made manifest through the excellence of Artstar Prestige design and luthiery.
Those whove followed Ibanez jazz guitars through the decades may see Artstar Prestige as the completion of a circle. The guitar maker for numerous names on Downbeats Readers pollsmaster players like George Benson and Pat Metheny are a testament to the preeminence of made-in-Japan Ibanez jazz guitars.
Artcore, Expressionist, and Artstar offer up-and-comers inspiring instruments that won't break the bank. Now, Artstar Prestige offers custom-built, made-in-Japan quality for the serious professional. The Burled Mahogany top, back and sides are brought to their deepest luster with an Antique Violin Finish. The bound Ebony fingerboard sports medium frets and Pearl/ Abolone block inlays.
The luthiers skill becomes immediately apparent upon playing your first chord progression on its bound Ebony fingerboard, inlaid with Pearl/ Abalone blocks. Medium frets with meticulously hand-filed edges are buttery smooth to your chording hand, promising hours of inspired playing. The set-in neck is immaculately joined to the body, and its Gotoh 510BN bridge is the perfect blend of traditional style and technological integrity.
At the headstock end of the fingerboard is a clean, perfectly set bone nut. Rounding out this stunningly crafted piece is the famous Ibanez Super 58 pickup, known for its balanced tone character and sonic fullness, whether restrained to jazz-clean or cranked up to gritty rockin blues. Hardshell case is included.