Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar Brown Sunburst 886830294211

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The Ibanez AFB200 electric bass guitar from the Artcore series offers the rich, round complex tones you can only get with true full-hollowbody construction! It's 30" scale neck offers easy fingering a... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ibanez AFB200 electric bass guitar from the Artcore series offers the rich, round complex tones you can only get with true full-hollowbody construction! It's 30" scale neck offers easy fingering and full, round tones. Double humbuckers offer wider tonal variation. Maple, top, back and sides for clear highs. Rosewood bridge for warm tones.

Features
  • Full hollowbody construction
  • Maple Body
  • Rosewood bridge
  • 30" scale set-in neck
  • Covered humbucker neck and bridge pickup
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IbanezArtcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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Hollowbody Bass with THE Sound

I've been on a serious hollowbody bass quest for years to find a bass with great acoustic sound where you actually hear the string move the top. You can always effect a bass to...Read complete review

I've been on a serious hollowbody bass quest for years to find a bass with great acoustic sound where you actually hear the string move the top. You can always effect a bass to be more electric sounding, but you can't get the rich fat string-to-top almost stand-up sound I'm after from a solid body bass. (I should say here that I am a lifetime acoustic guitar player with some great guitars and have agonized over the tonal differences between plastic pins, bone, ebony, fossil walrus ivory etc, so I have some sense of tone. I am probably one of very few who use Fender Blackface bass amps for playing bass (guitarists go nuts for them) but I like the old style tone. I've tried many hollowbody basses; Gibson 335 style bass (way too muddy and not acoustic sounding), several 1970s Japan basses, which were close but not enough to end the quest. I owned and sold Ibanez AB140 bass, with 1 pick-up, sound was limited, tone control was non-existant; (imagine a tone control with no wires hooked up!) but was impressed with the build quality. Owned and sold a pretty nice 70s Conrad Japan that was close but not it. I own an Epi Jack Cassidy which is fine and close to what I wanted to hear but I kept looking, so I guess not close enough. I own a Yamaha BEX hollow that I like alot, shorter scale and is active; close but not IT. I own a Washburn AB 90i (This is a killer bass!) but STILL kept looking for something I just couldn't find; that wooden archtop sound. Finally saw the Ibanez AGB 200, and read it was a short scale with TWO pick-ups, which I figured would fix the less than great sound of the AB 140 I'd owned. Another AFB200 plus was the wooden bridge making direct contact with the top; the 140 bridge is metal. Well, fellow hollowbody freaks, this is the one I've been hearing in my head, very acoustic, string to top sound, round sounding with the second PU adding the option of some beef and top end string sound. The tone control pot (as on the 140) is still minimal, but this bass has THE hollowbody sound that took years obsessing and several thousand bucks to find. Looks A+, has THE sound, and also the short scale that's easy on my guitar playin' hands. You can layer on effects, plug-ins etc. and get a solidbody, more WHOMPIN' sound, but this bass really shines with that almost stand-up sound that I nearly gave up on finding. For a recent studio recording I played it through an inexpensive ART Tube Pac tube pre/compressor, and was thrilled again. Hollowbody AND tubes...now, that'll get you there! I haven't even put any decent strings on it yet, but when I get around to some flats or tapewounds, I'll probably freak...this is a killer bass, and I'm home.

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Wouldn't buy again

Update on my last post. It seems my Ibanez Art core had a manufacturing fault which made it hard to play despite a full set up still with rattles and buzz and high action,...Read complete review

Update on my last post. It seems my Ibanez Art core had a manufacturing fault which made it hard to play despite a full set up still with rattles and buzz and high action, even with flat wounds. On careful inspection, I noticed that the neck was out of alignment with the body, the A & D string side being lower than the D & G side, which of course threw the whole balance out. I took it back to the Dealers who were really helpful and confirmed I was right and it's now on it's way back to Ibanez for as they say "repair or replacement" Being only 6 weeks old and never gigged because of the fault it's going to be replacement and I'm sticking to it. Anyway, to remove, reset and glue the neck back on would cosmetically ruin it and cost more than the bass! I like the look and tone of this bass and really want it to work, though lost confidence in a product is never a good experience.

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3.0

Wouldn't buy again

By Clipperbay

from U.K.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Small Venues

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar:

Update on my last post. It seems my Ibanez Art core had a manufacturing fault which made it hard to play despite a full set up still with rattles and buzz and high action, even with flat wounds. On careful inspection, I noticed that the neck was out of alignment with the body, the A & D string side being lower than the D & G side, which of course threw the whole balance out. I took it back to the Dealers who were really helpful and confirmed I was right and it's now on it's way back to Ibanez for as they say "repair or replacement" Being only 6 weeks old and never gigged because of the fault it's going to be replacement and I'm sticking to it. Anyway, to remove, reset and glue the neck back on would cosmetically ruin it and cost more than the bass! I like the look and tone of this bass and really want it to work, though lost confidence in a product is never a good experience.

 
3.0

Great look ad sound. Hard to set up.

By Clipperbay

from U.K.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Sadly let down by being hard to set up,
  • Small Venues

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar:

I bought the pre aged tobacco finish Artcore bass for playing jazz and swing. Great looks great and good pickups, though the neck feels light and not substantial. I've played bass professionally have Fender p bass, Hofner etc, but this Ibanez bass is so hard to set up. Even after having it done by a professional guitar builder/Luthier I still get rough fret buzz on the E and A strings. Maybe I just got a rogue one.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Mostly Good News!

By daniel oconnell

from Michigan

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar:

A great buy for the money, as well built as a Hofner or Framus.
The good news is this is a phenominal hollow body base and that's the sound you will get: a Hofner or Framus hollow body bass sound, especially a Hofner President, Kay or Framus Star bass sound. The bad news is Ibanez has NO customer support when you have questions about the bass. This was my experience when I tried to hunt down FLATWOUND strings which this bass really should have. This bass comes with roundwound strings and it doesn't perform as it should with roundwounds. If you want roundwound sound then buy a solid body bass. I spoke with the head team people at Labella :Hofner Beatle Bass set will NOT fit, nor will any Labella flatwounds fit this bass! I eventually found flatwounds from D'Addario ECB81 Long Scale (even though this bass is technically a short scale bass). GHS has a 'groundwound' set #3065 but GHS are not "true" flatwounds. Buy the D'Addario ECB81. Back to the bass: It's GREAT~! But remember, I bought it because it was a hollowbody and that's the sound I want. Don't buy a hollowbody and expect to sound otherwise. Last advice: Don't believe a word you read on the bass forums about what flatwound strings will fit this bass. It's a wounderful hollowbody with a great retro sound.
This is a well made bass, as good as anything that came out of Kalamazoo factories in the 1950's or 1960's.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Why pay more?

By JOSHUA SENIC

from Greensboro, NC

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar:

I see no need to pay four times the price of this bass (or more) for the same thing that is branded "Gibson." Of course the Gibson semi-hollow body basses are good, but realistically, what real world gigging bassist has the money to purchase one? This bass is a great alternative with tone and style to rival the big G. This bass and short scale nylon tapewound strings give THE old school R&B tone we all know and love. Regular flats will work just fine as well; there's just something about the nylon tapewounds on this bass for me... The shorter scale feels a little odd at first, but you get used to it quickly. It isn't awkward or cumbersome in the least, but almost feels like playing a guitar neck. This would be a good bass for guitar players who want to either experiment or outright switch to the bass guitar. The shape and character of this bass simply draw a crowd. People love the look of this bass on the stage, particularly the big fat shape and the F-holes. I've gotten the most comments on these than any other feature of the bass from the crowd. The tone with the stock roundwound strings is unique, with quite the booty and a slight "woof" in the midrange. I actually like this tone a lot! Stock pickups and passive tone control are just fine -- no need to change them. Good tuning machines. The bass does neck-dive a little when standing, but it isn't too bad. Simply handling the neck while playing seems to correct this; I didn't feel the need to "hold" the neck up. After having played this bass, I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a unique look and unique tone. You'll get both with this one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ibanez AFB200 Bass Guitar

By Douglas Weiss

from Long Island, New York

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar:

The Bass is made to mimic the sound to that of a Double Bass (Upright Bass) frequesntly used in Jazz, Blues, and early Rock 'n' Roll (meaning you can obtain the sound of the bass of a musician's like Paul McCartney's Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass)
The Bass comes in a Sunburst finish as you obviously know which is shiny as well giving it some glare. It features a Volume Knob and Tone Knob, though I agree with another comment posted on this instrument, the Tone Knob does not differ the tone on the instrument itself much. Also as you can tell from the photos it features two pickups, which are great for using to "anchor" your thumb on if you like to play the Bass strings with your first (and second finger) for they offer enough space tp "anchor" your thumb on. Finally, the frets as well are short-scaled which makes it great for a person with short fingers to play (I myself have long fingers) and can suit well for long fingered players as well.
The Bass can buzz if you are not precisely near the right end of the fret when pressing down on the strings to play, but other than that I have nothing else to report that also buzzes the strings. The sound when played acoustically is good and can keep well with the tone of an acoustic bass.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Almost Perfect Bass

By Hoyt Jordan

from Georgia

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar:

Wonderful sound and look. Great for jazz, country, soft rock. Probably not to good for heavy metal. I play with a number of big bands and jazz combos and my mates have consistently been impressed and pleased with the sound. The short scale neck is easy to get around on and a real pleasure to play. The body is very live and, as with many hollowbodies, the bass is very prone to feedback. Not a problem if you are aware of it and can prevent it.

The only issue I have had with this bass is the plastic tuning keys. I have heard comments that they "look" cheap on such a nice instrument. Unfortunately, they are cheap and I had one to actually crack on a gig and detune the string. I replaced all of them with a gold-tone metal set and now consider this to be a PERFECT bass for me. The weight and balance are excellent and presents no problem when you have to play a few hours standing up. I would highly recommend this product.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't say enough

By Jesse Anderson

from Fayetteville AR

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar:

This bass is a dream come true. the 30" scale is great for beginners and more experienced players alike. The tone is rich and beautiful. The only thing I can say is that I wish I would have found this a long time ago. The bottom line is this bass plays wonderfully, is priced too low for a bass of this quality, and has style to spare.

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top Quality Bass

By Tony B

from SLC, UT

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar:

This bass is beyond words. The tone is great and the bass in itself is very light. The only main problem is when you get it, it needs to be a little tweaked but overall the bass is definitely worth the buck. Gorgeous beyond words.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fat bottom bass, a dub supreme

By kind of blue

from long island

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar:

i saw this on sale and knew i had to buy it or i would be forever longing. this is by no means the most versitile bass out there. i put some flat wounds on it and it sounds perfect for any rootsy dub, rock, blues or jazz. dont expect to shred 80's metal or break into a flea slap solo on this, it isnt what its made for. if you want a smooth low end that sounds like Paul McCartney, Paul Chambers and Aston "Family Man" Barrett, this is your bass. when recording, set a second mic next to the bass itself, so there is an acoustic track in the mix also... get it right and you can get a great upright tone. also, this baby will certainly draws some eyes away from your guitarist's axe

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding

By Kev-09HCw

from Broomfield, CO

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AFB200 Hollowbody Electric Bass Guitar:

Best bass I've ever played (in over 33 years). Short scale, lightweight, wide tonal capability. Ibanez workmanship is as excellent today as on my 26-year old JP-20 Joe Pass jazz guitar. My bass is the fretted version with D'Addario flatwound strings. Very good intonation. A joy to play, even without an amp!

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