The AFJ81's Artcore hollowbody oozes pawnshop charm yet is built with high-tech Ibanez craft and refinement. With its old-school floating bridge, spruce top, and DâAddario Flatwound strings, this Ib... Click To Read More About This Product
The AFJ81's Artcore hollowbody oozes pawnshop charm yet is built with high-tech Ibanez craft and refinement. With its old-school floating bridge, spruce top, and DâAddario Flatwound strings, this Ibanez delivers the sweet tone reminiscent of the classic jazz axes. Modern touches like the Ibanez ACH pickup and the rubber-ringed no-slip Sure Grip knobs ensure 21st-century reliability.
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I recently saw this guitar at this year's NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. I played it for a bit and it had a nice feel. Also, I do not own a jazz archtop with a single neck pick up that is mounted into the top. I have four with floating pickups (Gibson, Epiphone, and an Ibanez AF105FNT (which they do not make anymore). So, I ordered this guitar from GC and I must say the choice was good. I will use this guitar as an "grab and go" instrument to take to an impromptu jam session, work, a rehearsal, etc. It will also be my "fly on the airplane guitar." Southwest Airlines has always let me take the guitar on board and load it in the overhead. . .no questions asked. Most importantly, this guitar has an incredible sound! It has that real Wes Montgomery sound- warm and mellow but you can kick up the treble if you need it. I have tried it through a variety of amps in my study. It is amazing for a guitar with this price. The "factory style" craftsmanship is excellent. They come with D'Addario flat wounds too! I have always liked the necks on Ibanez Artcore and AF series guitars. The radius is forgiving for my small hands which take quite a beating in my sculpture studio. There is always a physical ease when I play Ibanbez archtops. They are light. CAVEAT: it is not like my Gibson archtops! (I have five). The Gibson sound is unique, especially the carved archtops, and I primarily use those guitars for major stage gigs, recording, and indoors. (I hate to expose my expensive guitars to the outdoor elements). However, this Ibanez can really stand up on its own. Definitely another hit for Ibanez.
If the word WOW comes out of my mouth one more time when I talk about this guitar I think my wife will choke me. It was super easy to set up and the craftsmanship was wonderful. I used to own a Pat Metheny model and THIS IS THE SAME GUITAR with the exception of the aesthetics. Very easy to play and the sound equals that of my Gibson Herb Ellis. The price was wonderful and the sales people at the Terre Haute, IN location were fantastic to work with while waiting for Ibanez to ship it to them. the only thing I would change about this guitar is the finish. Getting warmed up to the reddish stain has been a process but you can see the wood grain clearly. In my perfect world they would offer this in a more natural or violin finish as well.