Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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Artcore players represent a wide range of musical genres, but the Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 Hollowbody Electric Guitar is dedicated to the jazz guitarist seeking to break new sonic ground wi... Click To Read More About This Product

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Artcore players represent a wide range of musical genres, but the Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 Hollowbody Electric Guitar is dedicated to the jazz guitarist seeking to break new sonic ground with the addition of a 7th string. It features a spruce top and flamed maple back & sides for pure Jazz tone. This model has dual Artcore Custom-7 pickups to deliver the full range of tones and overtones that 7 strings can produce. The 20-fret fretboard produces that authentically warm jazz tone and to top it off: the AFJ957 comes equipped with high-quality flatwound strings.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • AFJ-7 Expressionist set-in neck
  • Spruce top
  • Flamed Maple back/sides
  • Narrow frets
  • Bound Rosewood fretboard
  • Pearl block inlay
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Artcore Custom-7 neck pu
  • Artcore Custom-7 bridge pu
  • Individual volume and tone controls with 3-way pickup selector
  • Flatwound strings
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Neck Dimensions
    Scale: 628mm/24.7"
    Width at Nut: 48mm
    Width at Last Fret: 62mm
    Thickness at 1st: 20mm
    Thickness at 12th: 22mm
    Radius 400mmR

    Body Dimensions
    Length: 19-1/2"
    Width: 15-3/4"
    Depth: 3-5/8"
Warranty
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IbanezArtcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

Reviewed by 8 customers

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5.0

Quality guitar at a great price

By Joe Pass wannabe

from Alabama

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    After seeing John Pizzerelli in concert and talking to him for a minute after and watching his instructional DVD, I really wanted to try a seven string guitar. I play gigs with an acoustic bass player. We play jazz standards at restaurants, wedding receptions, corporate events, etc. I have a Gibson ES 175 that I usually play and really like. However I really enjoy the sound John Pizzerelli gets. I put a set of LaBella black tape wound strings on this guitar, which are the ones that he uses. I did a little set up: tweaking the truss rod, adjusting the bridge. The action on this guitar is now really nice, no major fret buzzes to speak of. The sound of the guitar through my Jazz Kat amp is very nice. I tried it through a Roland cube and it didn't sound quite as good as the Gibson, but through the jazz kat I think it would be fine to play gigs with. I have not played it in public yet, I'm still getting used to the seventh string. Also, I got it at a discount because it was listed as blemished. It was hard to find anything wrong with it, possibly a little mark on the back but nothing major. I would say that it is worth the 799 but I got the blemished one for less than 550 so I am very happy! I recommend this guitar for anyone who wants to try a seven string but doesn't want to invest in a more expensive model until they are sure you like to play seven string.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I really like this guitar.

    By Steve Hanka

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar from Guitar Center about three years ago, my first seven string, and have played it almost every day since. I have since purchased two other seven string guitars, an Ibanez classical guitar and an Epiphone seven-string Les Paul model. Needless to say, I like having the seventh string.

    This is an inexpensive, decent quality archtop that fulfills my needs as an amateur. I really like the instrument and recommend it to others.

    I have had no trouble with the machine heads or strings slipping.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A good deal

    By Steve Hanka

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    This is an inexpensive seven string archtop. I bought it three years ago, and have been playing it almost every day since. I tune the 7th string down to A in the normal jazz tuning. I changed the strings from the flat-wound set that came with it and have been using lighter gauge round-wound, and they sound fine. I have had no problem with the machine heads - the guitar stays in tune.

    I don't think you can find another decent seven string archtop for this price.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar, Great Value!

    By Happy guy

    from MIchigan

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I have always wanted a 7 String Jazz guitar, this one presented its self I grabbed it! Plays great, just like most of the mid to higher range Artcores. After an initial set up with D'Addario flat wounds it played great acoustically. Frets good, finish good, and I really liked the look of the volume & tone knobs as well. It took me a bit to adjust to the 7th string, fret hand wise, eye/hand coordination takes a bit to adjust, but after a few songs I really loved the ability to stretch out and grab different chord inversions and experiment. For the price this is a steal, you will want a case and the Ibanez AF100C Fits it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar for Any Price Range

      By JimsJams

      from Bradford, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Don't let the inexpensive price fool you. This is a quality guitar on par overall with my Hofner Chancellor and Epiphone Elitist Byrdland. The only better guitar in my collection is my Gretsch Country Club. I have a Gibson ES-175 also, but the craftsmanship of the Ibanez is much better.

      I play jazz, and the pick-ups have a bit too much treble with a flat EQ. It's of course possible to dial in a fatter tone, but that involves putting the bass higher than usual. I also physically lower the pick-up on the bass side so it isn't so boomy. The key to a good jazz tone is to get all the strings at the same volume. A particularly impressive thing, though, is that with the tone rolled all the way down, it doesn't get muddy. Maybe this was the reason for all the treble, so that really isn't a complaint.

      (Strings are D'Addario Chromes.) Further, the seven strings offer a lot of possibilities. I use either an all Major 3rd tuning or an all minor 3rd tuning. (You have to customize your string set for this, so the tensions balance correctly.) This allows me to have Major 3rds for four strings and minor 3rds for another four (the middle string is part of both sets of thirds). I wish Ibanez would make more 7-string options. I'd buy them all!

      All in all, this is a must buy. It helps that it's beautiful to look at, too!

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Jazz Guitar

      By jazzron

      from lomita, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Live Performance

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        I've owned a Artcore AFj957 7-string for several months now and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It plays really nicely and has a wonderful dark, warm tone. It's also a beautifully constructed guitar and very solid. I play it professionally at club gigs and I constantly receive comments on how nice it sounds. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a nice jazz guitar.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        This is a GREAT guitar

        By flyfishingmusic

        from WPG, MB. CA.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Stock strings

        Best Uses

        • Jazz Solo Guitar

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        After quite a bit of comparison shopping I settled on the Expressionist. It was great out of the box but the strings had been installed incorrectly. It came with 12's and had relief in the neck and after a 4 hour solo jazz guitar gig, my hands were toast! So I dropped down to 11's and set the truss rod and it became a dream to play!
        here it is in action.
        http://youtu.be/MkWn5mpYtTU
        The box has a great acoustic sound and combined with the pick ups gives a great and complex tone.

        (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Meh...

        By enrique rangel

        from Manassas Virginia

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AFJ957 7-String Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        Features: really mediocre machine heads. You'll want to swap them out for locking tuners fairly quickly. They are almost plastic feeling, which is depressing. Plastic tone knobs, plastic, pickup covers, plastic pick guard, plastic everything. Ibanez probably couldn't have sold this guitar at it's price with anything metal or quality, which is disappointing. Quality and Reliability: Quality isn't amazing. I'm not going to lie. This guitar looks very beautiful, and the idea of 7 strings and a non metal looking guitar is so attractive, but this simply doesn't come off as a quality instrument. It falls out of tune fairly fast too, thanks to the bad machine heads. I played it live with my band and it fell out half way through a song, the only song it was used for in the set. It's a fair warning to anyone with the hopes and dreams of gigging this thing live. The pickups are an interesting story, as they are good, and not overly loud or too soft. Ibanez got this right. Good job Ibanez. This is great for us. As there are no alternative pickup choices to choose from.you will have to turn you amp up loud to get alway from the sound of the flat wound strings slapping against the fret board. They weren't a good idea...and they don't even sound good with the pickups. Look and Feel: looks great. The vintage sunburst finish is beautiful. The necks finish is good, none of the frets are sharp or anything. The 20 frets actually feel good. 21 would have been nice, but 20 is fine. The painted neck is smooth, not fender smooth, or Gibson fun, but smooth. The guitar should have had metal features, it's very light, and thus somewhat artificial feeling. I wouldn't recommend this guitar simply because of the rather poor features and artificial feel. Should come with a case, but doesn't, should come with good hardware, but it doesn't.

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