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The Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar is a true full-hollow body guitar (no soundblock) with an ACH1 humbucker at the neck and an ACH2 at the bridge. Ibanez combines all that with an arched flamed m... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar is a true full-hollow body guitar (no soundblock) with an ACH1 humbucker at the neck and an ACH2 at the bridge. Ibanez combines all that with an arched flamed maple top to give you smooth, hefty tone. Bound rosewood fretboard with 22 large frets, bound top, and bound f-holes provide lush looks accented by the sunburst pickguard that matches the body and mother-of-pearl/abalone block inlays. Flamed maple back and sides, set mahogany neck, and gold hardware.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Full-hollow body
  • Flamed maple top, back, and sides
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • 22 large frets
  • Bound top and F-holes
  • ACH1 humbucker at the neck
  • ACH2 humbucker at the bridge
  • Mother-of-pearl/abalone block inlays
  • Gold hardware
  • Case sold separately
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IbanezArtcore AF95 Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

best bang for the buck

I have been looking for an electric hollow body for about six months, Ieven purchased a Gretch 5120 returned it and a peavey the peavy was real bad. The two metioned did not sound...Read complete review

I have been looking for an electric hollow body for about six months, Ieven purchased a Gretch 5120 returned it and a peavey the peavy was real bad. The two metioned did not sound well on regualr chords , you know like a open C , G ect. Then I played this. It sounds great up and down the neck, nice blues, jazz sound that you would expect from a more expencive guitar. I won't be returning this baby. these tend to be in short supply so if you see one get it...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just Ok!

I bought this guitar from a local music store after reading all the comments about it. .

Very average guitar. The action has to be set up high to achieve reasonable...Read complete review

I bought this guitar from a local music store after reading all the comments about it. .

Very average guitar. The action has to be set up high to achieve reasonable playability. Fret buzz is very obvious in the 8 to10th fret. The upper registers are hard to play. Using heavier gauge strings and adjusting the truss rod does not help much. The gold plating on the tail piece started peeling off after two weeks

Beautifull guitar with near perfect finish. Great Jazz tone (used with a Roland Cube 30x). Well made for the price.

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5.0

Artcore af95

By Mike

from Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar:

    For the sound i was looking for, the guitar is it. Smooth jazz sound. I've been playing for over 40 years and have been through many guitars, gibsons, fenders prs, and a few others. So i will start there. Gibsons have a great sound, but the necks are like a telephone pole, love the fender double radius necks, but the single coils don't deliver the sound i want.
    The neck on the ibanez is not the slim fender, but not the gibson pole. It is just about right for the small hands i have. Four fret chords are not a problem.
    Neck pickup gives that great old smooth jazz sound. The middle has a straight clear rock tone. While the bridge is not the tele twang, it has a nice rock-a-billy crunch.
    If you have lots of money and like playing a telephone pole buy an ES 175, If you want a guitar with a great jazz sound and at a reasonable price get the ibanez 95.
    Down side: the strings that come on them are sorry, 9 round wounds . Order some Galli flat wounds at the same time. Also order a case, the ones sitting around the house won't work.
    Music 123: Great company. Get my orders all the way to Texas in no more than 4 days. I have used Guitar center,and Musician friend . Thought my orders would rust before it got here. Hope this helps Mike
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Lovely and can be fantastic

    By Emster

    from Jomtien Thailand, originally Portland Or

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful to look at
    • Buttery Feel To Neck
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Superior Build Quality

    Cons

    • Pickups Merely Adequate

    Best Uses

    • Up To You Not Bluegrass

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar:

    Got mine used during yearly trek back home to states. Looked like far more than the modest price. Yes, Thai climate eats guitars, and gold plating no exception to that, but I don't care. The stock pickups were okay, but pair of golden age humbuckers in and WOW. Friend is pro musician, and he says likes as much as his ES-335. I love full hollowbodies. Tail piece and pickguard very classy. Upgrade pickups and you will sound about as good as anything out there.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Ibanez AF95 nice jazz box...

    By FloridaPhilip

    from Space Coast, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Artcore Is Beautiful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar:

      22 frets, nice jazz box that will bring a smile to any blues musician's face. Very expressive instrument... even when sitting on it's stand! Mine is black with more inlays than you can imagine! It's part of my permanent collection. My only regret is not getting the bigsby!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ibanez AF95-VLS

      By ed satterlee

      from Milwaukie, Oregon

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar:

      Been shopping for an F-hole Hollow body for sometime. Picked up this guitar & knew right away it was the one for me. Compared side by side to MUCH more expensive guitars, it holds its own. Very versitile sound, very low action at the 12th-14th fret.Smooth & fast neck. The Bonus: BEAUTIFUL finish & very affordable price. Ibanez is making some great guitars right now!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      There is no other hollow body.....

      By Mitch Eckler

      from Rome, NY

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar:

      I cant put it any plainer. 5 stars isn't enough. Perfect out of the box. I played every other available hollow body in this price range. Nothing comes close. Buy what feels right but this thing is awesome through any amp with almost any style. I will probably own this guitar for the rest of my life.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best guitar I have owned

      By John McFarling

      from Arizona

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • No Problems
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Foam Packing Under Bridge

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Worship Music

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar:

      I am a beginner with going on eight years of practice a couple of hours every day. I have had many guitars and this one has been the best so far. I was concerned after reading some bad reviews; but, when I set it up it was more than fine. That foam packing under the bridge was a challenge for those that know that a change in position changes intonation. Since I read a review about that I was prepared ahead of time and was able to keep the bridge in place. only small adjustment on two strings required. It will be hard to have to go back and play my strat after playing this one. As I expected the tuning drifted for a couple of days until the wood settled down to temperature and humidity and now for a week has been steady.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great except the bridge

      By Richard-f8nV9

      from Connecticut

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar:

      I'm extremely happy with this guitar. The all maple body is slightly brighter than most hollowbodys, but that's a good thing. I've always felt that most hollowbodys are way too bassy. This guitar captures that 'George Benson' or 'Norman Brown' sound perfectly. Great for jazzy funk and light jazz, yet still has that rich resonant jazz hollowbody sound.

      This is also an EXTREMELY beautiful guitar without being too flamboyant.

      With a replacement bridge, tuners & a jack plate it's good to go...I may try some GFS P-90s just to see what they sound like, but I'm very happy with the sound as is.

      I'm very happy with this guitar.
      This is a standard 2-humbucking pickup hollowbody guitar. It would be better if it was 25 1/2" scale, but at this price you can't have everything. I would have also liked to see a jack plate - but most guitars don't have one...easy enough to install.
      The quality of the wood work is EXCELLENT. I was surprisingly happy with the sound of the pickups - I had expected to replace then, but decided there was no need. The tuners are O.K., not great, but O.K. I don't like the white perloid color anyway. Eventually I'll change them to Gotoh or grovers. The one problem with this guitar is the bridge - it rattled horribly. The screw thru hole sizes & threading didn't match the screws. I found the same problem when I played an AF75 at a local music store. I replaced it with a $35 Gotoh bridge from StewMac. Sounds fine now. I may try a wood bridge in the future, just to see what that sounds like.
      This is a great value. Only the Ibanez AG95 and AF95 are comparable in that price range.

      (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I'm A Believer

      By Freddie Clark

      from Santa Monica, CA

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar:

      I just produced the new Karen Elyse - Matters Of The Heart CD and I use this guitar on many of the tracks. There is a snipet video of on youtube of one of the takes, I could say a lot of things but seeing the guitar in action speaks volumes.

      I've endoresed a lot of guitars over my more than 30 years of professional play, with everyone from Brian McKnight to Brian Auger and I haven't purchased a guitar for 20 years and I bought this one which pretty much says it all.

      If you are looking a quality instrument and you don't want to spend $4,000 or more I strongly suggest that you pick up a Artcore AF95. Very nice instrument
      Considering what you are probably looking for in a hollow body you can find in the AF95. The pickups, the tuners, the knobs that you love Ibanez for, the pickguard, the bridge, the tail piece, and the ability to load the guitar with round or flat wound strings comes to mind in the features department.
      Often this is a relative topic but considering the price it truly is a nice guitar. It well exceeds the needs of most guitarists of all levels.
      It's definitely a value no doubt about it. I have read many of the reviews about this guitar, some that are really misleading in my opinion. I'm talking about people saying how hard it is to set the guitar up to people talking about gold platting peeling. I have not seen that to be the case, I'm very hard on guitars and it's still going strong after using it on a recording project. And lets be honest you shouldn't expect a guitar of this price range to live up to the standards of a more expensive instrument but in many ways this one does.

      (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Just Ok!

      By Costeu59

      from Calgary

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar from a local music store after reading all the comments about it. .

      Very average guitar. The action has to be set up high to achieve reasonable playability. Fret buzz is very obvious in the 8 to10th fret. The upper registers are hard to play. Using heavier gauge strings and adjusting the truss rod does not help much. The gold plating on the tail piece started peeling off after two weeks

      Beautifull guitar with near perfect finish. Great Jazz tone (used with a Roland Cube 30x). Well made for the price.

      (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      China Made

      By Ickie-PQUhc

      from St. Petersburg, Fl.

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AF95 Electric Guitar:

      First Off I have been playing for 45 years and have owned a music store. I am also a guitar tech.I did many days of research on this Artcore Model AF95PV-TK-12-01 and nowhere did anything I read said it was made in China. Well it is.When I received it the pick guard was really far off and I had to re-set it. Next the tail piece/string holder was off by a whole screw hole. This caused the bridge to move down as soon as I started to play it, causing the intonation to go haywire. I had to remove and fill the holes with epoxy and re-drill/mount the tail piece.Next I had to adjust the truss rod, it was way too tight thus causing the guitar to play hard.Now ... the fret board is almost flat not hardly an arch, and this is for beginners, lol. On the Ibanez website I did look at the profile and it showed a nice arch. The frets are Chinese and are not polished and thus play ruff. I had to change strings 3 times to find what is the best and I found Martin Acoustic Ex Light, 10's sound the best either plugged in or not. This gives the guitar that warm sound I was looking for.If it wasn't for Musician's Friend giving me an excellent XMAS deal I would have returned it. I paid $279.99 for the guitar and the hard shell case. But now I am letting the cat out on this guitar, it is Made In China.

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