Back again with another review, this time we’ll be looking at Ibanez Artcore AF55 Hollow Body electric guitar. As many of you know, Ibanez is well known for its modern, edgy guitar styles such as RG series. However, Ibanez also produces excellent hollow body guitars for the masses! I have had the chance to play some hollow bodies by Ibanez like Pat Metheny model. You might say this is a signature model and it has to be a top quality guitar, and you are right. But what about entry-level hollow bodies?
I remember we sold one of Ibanez Artcore AF55 back in the day and I played a short jazzy solo on it. Let’s hear the guitar in action first, below. There have been some negative comments on how we set it up and played for the video. Some people told us that we needed to remove the foam protector placed under the wooden bridge, so it would resonate much better. But we had to just test the guitar both in terms of functionality and cosmetics and were not able to alter any parts, even the foam protector. We used a Shure SM57 microphone and a Fender Pro Junior valve amp to record. No reverb, no EQ, no nothing!
According to Ibanez’s website, it features a maple body (top + back and sides), Artcore AF mahogany set-in neck, bound rosewood fretboard with dot inlays. It also has 20 medium frets with ART-ST model bridge and VT06 tailpiece. The guitar comes with a pair of humbuckers called the Infinity R models which described as passive, ceramic pickups and they are uncovered. And finally, the factory string gauge is 10-46 but not sure about the brand!
I must say, I fell in love with the guitar due to its warm tones, easy playability and beautiful satin finish. It felt like it’s just wood resonating and producing warm, fat sounds. Also, out of the box intonation and set up was really top notch which is surprising with entry-level guitars. Also, as hollow bodies tend to have full, thick bodies just like acoustic guitars it’s always more difficult to control the instrument, but with Ibanez Artcore AF55 the body is not that thick, so very very easy to control.
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Hope you have enjoyed this short article on one of the best value for money hollow body guitars around! See you in the next review.