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IbanezArtcore AF105 Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

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(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfection

By SamsDaddy

from CO

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF105 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I have a slightly different version of the AF105, the AF105 SM-ABR in spalted maple, limited edition, but overall the same guitar. Right away I put on D'Addario flatwound 11s and paired with my Fender blues junior I can get great jazz tone out of this box. Mine will feedback a little at home volumes on a low G, but not on any other note. That is the nature of hollow bodies though. Easily resolved. The neck on these quitars is something you would expect to see on a much higher priced guitar. The inlays are gorgeous and the fretwork is perfect - every fret edge is expertly rounded off and the neck is beautifully bounded. You have to see it up close, so just buy this guitar and you will not be disappointed.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Product for a Fantastic Price

By Jazzbox1990

from Australia

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF105 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Coming from a classical/Blues background, this box really burns well....its a fantastic guitar which lead lines just flow through...The sound that the maple body produces is somewhat versatile with an amazing pallete of tones able to be produced pedal free.... THis guitar is good for all jazz, blues and even with a pedal a good rhythym rock guitar... ha, buy one.....You'll dig it!!

(10 of 66 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just like it says - Hollow....

By Jonas

from Escondido

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF105 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

The pickguard on this guitar was probably the worst idea known to mankind, besides the atomic bomb. It's wood itself and is nailed to close to the cutaway of the guitar. the cutaway itselkf is too small and only gives access to about the fifteenth fret. The neck is a little chunky and is hard to slide up and down on. I had to lick my thumb just to play a few power cords. If you've got small hands, low income, and a really really short temper, this guitar probably isn't for you. I'd go with the Epiphone Dot.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful

By ImAmazing777

from san diego, CA

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF105 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I went into guitar center the other day not looking for anything in particular, just looking to find a guitar worth saving up for. I played all kinds of les pauls, prs guitars, and a jackson which I had originaly thought I was going to be saving for ($1300) Then I played this and it blew them all away. I will definetley be purchasing one soon. Also I was playing it on a vox amp, and those things rock.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Full Rich Tone

By Alan Smith

from Milford, Michigan

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF105 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I've had my AF105 about two years now. It was my first electric and I have since purchased two other guitars (considerably more expensive)which I played a lot. However, I recently returned to the AF105 and was blown away by the tonal possibilities it has. I play mostly acoustic guitar and I can get this beauty to sound almost like a good acoustic. I can play blues rhythm on the neck pickup with accentuated bass; then flip the switch for some cutting leads. Now, if I could have only one guitar, this would be it. Anybody want to buy a PRS or a Taylor? Also, as others have indicated, this is the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What more do you need?

By G King

from NY NY

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF105 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

This guitars stays in tune, plays and feels great,delivers very good jazz tones and looks like it costs 3 times what it does. I've played many years and many guitars. This one is a winner!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Value

By Stephen

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF105 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

This is a fantastic guitar for the money. The Artcore series uses really nice wood that looks and sounds great, and most of the hardware is top notch (like the gorgeous rosewood knobs). These guitars look, feel and play great. The only thing I think Ibanez cheaps out on these models is the pickups, but that is one of the easiest mods to make, so it's not damning to the guitar itself. I am going to put some Benedetto A-6 pickups in mine here shortly, and I expect that to really take this guitar up to the next level.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this guitar

By Marcus

from Australia

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF105 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I still think this guitar is absolutely beautiful every time I see it or touch it. I'm not the greatest guitar player in the world, but it is very easy to play. It has great tone for jazz, enough scream for blues and jangle for sitting around singing songs in the evening. It comes with a bullet-proof case. My only (minor) quibble is the lead jack is rather loose, so get the guitar tech to make sure it is good and tight before you take it home.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent choice for reasonable price!

By James Bertola

from Portland, OR

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF105 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I played just about every jazz box in the same price range at the local shops, and found the Artcore AF105 to be just what I was looking for: a HB guitar with a great tone, a comfortable body and neck, and great looks for a price I could afford. As an intermediate-level guitarist, I was looking for something that would be fun and easy to play, give me some room to grow as my skill advances, but wouldn't break the bank. I ordered a new one through GC. It shipped fast, arrived as described, with custom hardshell case included, and extra rosewood bridge in the case. Looked spotless, but the metal bridge that was already on the guitar was not set right, and the bridgepost saddles or screws made a low-grade but irrepressible, disturbing buzzy/rattling sound that set my teeth on edge. There were a few higher frets that were slightly uneven as well and slightly choked out some notes. The factory set-up needed some refinement, so I took it to a local shop where they put on the rosewood bridge, evened out several frets, set the action and intonation, and laid on some flat wound strings. Voila! A beautiful sounding, great-looking axe. Noisy bridge problem solved. The flamed maple finish is extremely sharp. Plays so nicely now, with a wonderful, warm, clear tone. Sounds great even when unplugged. The pickups are very good, no feedback problem at all in the guitar. The tuners seem pretty solid, nothing fancy, but I've noticed no problems with tuning after weeks of use now. I love the rosewood knobs and the gorgeous inlays on the headstock, neck, and the tailpiece. However, the metal bridge was a disappointment, and will not be re-installed. Would buy a better bridge as a replacement if I decided to take off the rosewood one. At this point, though, I prefer the tone of the wood bridge: warm and bright, neither too tinny or sharp, nor muddy or flat. I played the Ibanez Pat Methany model (PM35) for $899 and this one feels just like the same guitar; in fact, looks like pretty much the same guitar, only with some cosmetic changes and a difference in the number of pickups. Probably from the same factory. I like the choice of three pickup positions on the AC105 better. I'd highly recommend this guitar for anyone considering a hollow-body for under a grand. I would NOT buy one of the less expensive Ibanez HB's though. I played the AF75, the AG95, and they felt and sounded of poorer quality. The step up to the AC105 definitely made a difference in tone and playability. This one seems very well-built and quite reliable. I'm very satisfied with it, despite the issue with the bridge and a few uneven frets... just plan on having the guitar professionally set-up when it arrives from the warehouse and you'll be very happy.

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