Ibanez AF55 Artcore

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  1. Alligatorbling

    Alligatorbling lol Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    I am gassing bad for one of these. Anyone own one? While im not working currently, it wont happen anytime soon, but its defiantly on my wish list. This is the most affordable hollow body ive found.

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AF55TF

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  2. Caretaker

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    I don`t own one but have played a few in GC. Great guitars if set up
    properly.
     
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    I can do a mean setup.
     
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    I’d shop for a higher number used for the same money.
     
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    Had an AF 73 with crescent f-holes that rawked. Sweaty Teddy type sounds
     
  6. Dun Ringill

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    I have an AG95 and I love it! I agree with Pop, though. Buying used will get you more hollow body for the same price. I found this used for $350 and it ran new for $599. Obligatory crappy cellphone pic:

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    I owned an orange one with white stripes and a bigsby knock off.

    The humbuckers weren't the best, but it played okay.

    The original plan was to put P94s in it. But I never really bonded with the color. And I came across an Epiphone Explorer I had to have, so I traded.
     
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    You get in the 95's and you're talking a real guitar!
     
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    I've got an AF75T I picked up on Craigslist for a great price. I was always impressed with the Artcores whenever I tried them out at Guitar Center. I've always kind of gassed for one and couldn't pass it up when I found one at a good price. I've seen some used on GC's website at good prices and Sweetwater has had a few good close out deals in the last couple of years.
     
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    I have strummed a few AF55's and they are very decent guitars for the price. I played a used AFS75T at GC recently and it was stupidly good for $275. I've seen them even cheaper recently, ahem, looking for a friend.

    I love those tobacco finishes. If the AFS75T had been tobacco, I would have bought it, even though I have no need for one.
     
  12. frankv

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    I have an Epiphone Joe Pass.i got used in mint condition for $249,
     
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    I know nothing of this guitar but hope this helps.


    sounds pretty good
     
  14. Emory

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    I got an AF95 used about ten years ago. Lovely guitar, very well built but stock hbs are soso. I got a pair of Stew Mac golden age humbuckers and stuck them in. Best $100 upgrade ever. That baby really came to life
     
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    Ibanez makes great guitars. I think that would be a good one.
     
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    Man, a lot of these Artcores going around right now. I picked one up last week. I really like. I ordered a set of Seth Love PUs for it.
     
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    My borther has one of those AF55 in the same color and I have played it a bit, I liked the guitar for the price although I am not big on big on hollow boxes and floating bridges so when MF sent me a coupon I jumped on the AM53 model, smaller body, fixed bridge, center block, and to my surprise a slimmer neck profile, less rounded while keepeing the thickness front to back. Like a 60's neck.

    Electronics are barely passable on these (both the AF55 and AM53) but that is not problem as I have humbuckers i buy locally for dirt cheap, (bought a Gibson classic 57+ and classic 57 set for $50)

    The setup that my AM53 came with is simply superb, low action, great frets and straight neck. I did quickly oiled the fretboard and polished the frets with a micromesh pad which takes not time. Great guitar, i will post it once I complete the mods.
     
  18. LPMarshall Hack

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    They had one at my GC for a long time. I would play it often. I thought it felt, played, and sounded great. Stupid cheap too, I think 199 or something. Didn’t buy cuz I had recently bought an epi dot.
     
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    I had a 73 and a 105- sold them both. If you regard them as solid tools, they are as good as anything in their class. If you want to feel inspired, theses were underwhelming.

    I believe they use soft fret wire to keep costs down. I have nine guitars, so play gets spread around. Both had frets that wore quickly- whereas none of my others show wear.

    The pickups were nothing special- and an upgrade costs more than the guitar- I bought both used.

    I eventually found a used Gretsch with TV Jones and a case for not much more.
     
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    I have an AF 85 I bought used, mint for $265. Great jazz box.
     

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