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greg1948
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Jun 23rd, 2017 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Every time I get a GC gift card, I go in to find strings or accessories I can spend the $50 on, and come home with a new guitar.

So after Father's day, I wandered in and saw a used Ibanez Artcore Af105NT. It's a hollowbody with HB's and a gorgeous flame top/body. Some fret wear, but other than that, in very good shape. Long story short, I'm loving this guitar.

The action is low all the way down the straight-arrow neck, and it plays easier than my PRS Custom 24. The Custom 58 pickups really sound good. Not as dark as I expected in a "jazz box". Bridge PU is bright, almost twangy, while the neck PU is more mellow. I won't make any "sounds like...." comparisons. This guitar has it's own voice, which is very good.

Ran it through my HRD in both clean and drive channels and was amazed at the great tones I was getting. The neck just felt so comfortable and easy to play all the way down to the 15th fret, which is just about as far down as you can practically play on this guitar. Not a big problem for me.

All in all, this guitar is a winner. I never really considered Ibanez guitars before, thinking that they were not up to my Fender/Gibson/PRS standards. Now I'm thinking I might try one of their solid bodies even.

BTW, photo is stock, not my actual guitar.

Ibanez AF105NT

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Jun 23rd, 2017 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice! I love that color.

I've been trying out Ibanez Artcore guitars too. I tried out a used A95 earlier this week, but actually liked a new A75 better. It crazy that a $400 guitar plays and sounds so good, but it wouldn't be the first time a relatively cheap import said "buy me."

greg1948
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Jun 23rd, 2017 05:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Took the Ibanez out for a test run today at an outdoor gig. It became obvious very quickly that I would have to adapt to the body style and thickness. Instead of holding the guitar pretty much right over my stomach, I had to angle it over my right hip, otherwise, I couldn't even see the fretboard. Otherwise, it worked out well in a band situation.

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Jun 23rd, 2017 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had the model in this line that looked like a 335. Maybe it was the AF103NT? In any case, it beat out every 335 I tried and was 1/5th the cost at most. The fretwork was immaculate!

Congrats on the new guitar!

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Jun 23rd, 2017 08:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats on the new guitar!
I've also become an Ibanez fan. Last year I picked up one of their hollow body short-scale Art Core basses...it's inexpensive price tag isn't reflected in the build quality. Other than tuning heads that, while functional, need to be upgraded it's perfect. I was truly amazed how well built it is...and the mini buckers sound great.
Last week I got ahold of a late 70's M-340 acoustic. Solid maple back and sides and spruce top, rosewood board...$300 w/ case. It's as well built as my Gibson and sounds phenomenal.
I'm thinking of getting a hollow or semi-hollow later this year, and it's probably going to be an Ibanez.

(This message was last edited by daveg at 10:54 PM, Jun 23rd, 2017)

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It looks just like a Telefunken U-47!
Jun 23rd, 2017 08:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the same guitar as BrentD. Bought it from a friend a couple of months ago. Plays, sounds and looks fantastic. Wish it had chrome or nickel hardware, but I can live with the gold.

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Jun 23rd, 2017 09:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm no fan of humbuckers but agree that those Ibanez Custom 58s sound very nice.

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Jun 24th, 2017 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Typically, it seems, Ibanez conversations on the FDP are based around hollow bodies. I guess it's an indication of taste. I have no doubts they are high quality guitars. I have three solid bodies, an RG, an S series and very recently a Herman Li signature EGEN18. The EGEN is a dream guitar that I'd been lusting over for near on nine years and finally the time was right to order one. The build quality of all three guitars is top notch from the cheapest (RG) to the most expensive (EGEN). From an attention to detail perspective very little separates them. The separation is the materials (but with no obvious effects on tone), pickups (RG and S have Ibanez OEM pups, EGEN is fitted with DiMarzio Herman spec pups) and were they are made. The EGEN is something special because it is made in Japan by the custom shop.

I think Ibanez prides themselves with quality guitars at all levels and, from my experience, you cant really go wrong purchasing one of their guitars within any price range.




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Jun 24th, 2017 07:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My only previous experience with the brand was with a couple of low-end nylon acoustics. Neither impressed my very much and went on down the road.

Now, I'm rethinking my attitude. I could definitely see an Ibanez solid body in my music room despite the pointy headstock.

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Jun 24th, 2017 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A local jam denizen named Nick has one of those, and he always sounds great when he deploys with it. Ibanez makes really good guitars--whether hollow or solid. I had a very nice Ibanez acoustic that I foolishly traded away in the late 80s.

Nice guitar, Greg!

greg1948
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Jun 24th, 2017 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Unfortunately, I've been brainwashed by the big names: Fender, Gibson, PRS, to the point that having another brand name on the headstock means it's a lesser guitar, unless it's a boutique type like Suhr, Collings and a few of the really high-end makers. Having an Epiphone, Ibanez, Washburn, Squire or Yamaha seems to indicate a "second rate" instrument and relegates the player to a lesser status as well in some minds. I've been guilty of this thinking too. Shame on me!

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Jun 24th, 2017 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lovely looking guitar.

Have you considered pinning the bridge ?

That's always been a concern with me about a moveable wooden bridge structure.

Big Ibanez fan here.

I've got a Destroyer and Rocket Roll, as well as an early Artist, back from the 70's when they *really* started to do quality work.



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Jun 24th, 2017 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Greg, don't be brainwashed. The fancy ones are just copies, too!

I did sell my 103, it just didn't get enough use. The cases stink like glue too. But the fretwork, oh the fretwork!

Someone else's photo.

greg1948
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Jun 25th, 2017 06:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Stratmanx, I haven't decided to pin the bridge yet. When I changed strings, I did it one at a time so the bridge always had tension on it to keep it in place.

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Jun 25th, 2017 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Greg, pinning a bridge is dead easy.

Go to the link below and find my Apr 7th post. It contains detailed instructions and a few pics.

Post here if you have any questions.

Cheers, brother!

Pinning a bridge on a Gretsch hollowbody

greg1948
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Jun 26th, 2017 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Geno, you make it look easy, but believe me, I could screw it up, no sweat. So, for the nonce (yes, I said nonce), I'll leave it as is.

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