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The bound, all-maple full hollowbody provides tight resonance without feedback, perfect for that muted jazz tone and fully flexible for everything from alt rock to pounding punk. The mahogany set neck... Read More

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The bound, all-maple full hollowbody provides tight resonance without feedback, perfect for that muted jazz tone and fully flexible for everything from alt rock to pounding punk. The mahogany set neck with bound rosewood fretboard is a delight to the digits. An ACH-ST humbucker at the neck and ACH-ST at the bridge provide a beefy, quiet signal with pronounced mids.

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  • Bound, all-maple full hollowbody
    Mahogany set neck
    Rosewood fretboard
    22 frets
    ACH-ST humbuckers
    Master Volume/Tone
    3-way pickup toggle
    Tune-o-matic bridge on floating base
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IbanezArtcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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4.0

Great Product

By MrChipper

from Seattle, WA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

    I bought this as a replacement for an acoustic guitar I had. I love the sound and look of this guitar and it is a deal for the money.

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    4.0

    Beautiful guitar

    By Nolo

    from Houston Texas

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

    I purchased this guitar approximately a year ago. I was walking into Guiatr Center to rent some audio equipment and this Guitar happen to catch my attention from the corner of my eye. There is something about this guitar that is undeniable, for the price it plays very well. If you take it to a knowledgable Luthier (guitar repairman) he can make this bad boy sing even better. I switched out the original pickups for the Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates and OMG , this guitar completely transformed!!!!! Everyone in the shop wanted to know who's Ibanez it belonged to and where passing my guitar around like a cheap .... (well you know what I mean). This guitar of definitely a diamond in the rough that needs some minor TLC to shine just as bright as its $900 counter parts. Only reason I'm given it a four star rating instead of a five star rating, is because it does need some adjustment right out of the box.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Listen Closely As You Play

    By Dizby

    from Croton-on-Hudson NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

      I'm in agreement with most of the positive things I've read regarding this guitar. And will add that there is something very exciting and inspiring about how well it plays. I kind of wish it had a pickguard (purely for cosmetic reasons), but the reason I'm adding my voice to the din is regarding the pups. I haven't spent enough time to say if I'd change them for how they sound, but here's the thing: like many guitarists, I rest my right hand around the bridge. Right away I noticed the odd rubbing sound that results from any interaction between a finger and the ribbon-y thing that wraps around the pick up. Either end or side. If you try to stay away from contacting the pup with your hand you'll wind up holding your hand (or at least I do) in some way that feels unnatural. And likely leave you crampy and grumpy and frustrated. I'm not sure this is a deal-breaker yet, but it is making this more of a sofa guitar than a plug-this-sucker in guitar. I'm just saying.

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      5.0

      Great Guitar w/some adjustments

      By espy705

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

      Out of the box, there is some fret buzz but minor adjustments such as lowering the action (very easy with the floating bridge) and moving the bridge a bit away from the pickups has gotten rid of any sound issues. Also, the hollow body makes it loud enough for home practicing without the need of an amp. This is a beautiful instrument that plays well and has a great feel.

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      5.0

      Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Nice!

      By 1GuitarGuy

      from Gainesville, Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Decent Hardware
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Acoustic Sound
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • I Love The Finish
      • Solid Electronics
      • This Guitar Has A Grest F

      Cons

      • Pickups Are A Little Treb

      Best Uses

      • Great With Low Stage Volu
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

      The look and feel of this guitar are fantastic in this price range. The hardware and pickups are ok but need to be upgraded for tuning stability. I use it to practice without an amp because it has a good sound projection acoustically. I will be replacing the tuners with Grover and will be experimenting with different pickups.
      It's great for the price as is but will need a little work for professional level. With a tuner change and fret polish it's great. Changing the pickups and nut and it is excellent.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Plan on doing a little bit of work!

      By THOMAS VOORHEIS

      from Raleigh, NC

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

      I like the looks of this guitar! Right price and a sound that appeals to me. However, much like many have written, the thing will not stay in tune. Floating bridge and terrible tuners. But,....I installed some quality tuning keys, turned one of the bridge points around, got it intonated, put a spot of glue under the brige. And now,.....mighty nice! Totally a good deal if you can do a little bit of work.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Guitar but one reservation

      By Craig Hollenbeck

      from Largo, FL

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

      This is a very good value for the price. Some of my friends who are more experienced than me always want to pick up this guitar and play it when they visit. This guitar has deep mellow tones and can also scream if you want it to. It sounds great, plays great and looks great. Be advised, this gutar is not highly laquired. It has a natural wood finish. My one reservation is that it is always getting out of tune. I will probably have to replace the tuning keys to keep it in tune for any length of time.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Easy to Play!

      By David Gorny

      from Guntersville, Alabama

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

      I would have rated this guitar 5 stars if not for the tuners. To be blunt, the tuners are worse than what I have on my homemade Diddly Bow. The intonation is so far off that I will have to bring it to my local guitar shop for a proper set up and some nice Grover tuners. I hate to spend money for repairs on a brand new guitar but the closest Guitar Center to where I live is a 2 hour drive. Other then the tuners this guitar is a gem. Some may not like the looks, but I love the minimalist appearance. Although it is a little on the heavy side for a hollow body, it is super easy to play. Even though I am not happy with the tuners, I would definitely recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a hollow body

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Much potential

      By John Hancock

      from Missouri

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow-Body Electric Guitar:

      I recently played several Ibanez artcore guitars.... My favorate by far is the AFJ85.... But the AF55 shows some serious potential... apparently people had played with the bridge in the store i tryed it in making it almost unplayable... however I could tell that the neck was straight the tones were good and the bare bones model of the artcore series shows serious potential.... All maple body good pickups... All the other ones i have played since have been almost perfect No useless pick guard / finger rest... and a good look On my guitar I will probably add pickup covers and rewire it for dual shaft knobs as to keep the two knob miminal look But have functonality to blend the pickups as I like.... Overall a very nice entry level guitar to the Artcore series In My opinion the best two guitars are the AFJ85 because of the spruce top & AF55 due to its miminal look

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