Two New Artcore Series Hollow Bodies from Ibanez: AF55 & AS53
You may know Ibanez primarily for their solid body electrics, but they also make some respectable hollow bodies, and the AF55 & AS53 are the latest additions to their line-up.
The AF's are Ibanez's traditional line of Artcore series F-hole guitars built with true hollow bodies and no sound blocks.
The body has Maple top, back, and sides. The neck is made from Mahogany and the large sized frets sit on a bound Rosewood fretboard.
It comes with dual ACH-ST Humbucking pickups and has a 3 way toggle switch to change between either pickup or both at the same time.
More information is available at ibanez.com/HollowBodyGuitars/model-AF55
The AS series differs from the AF's in that the pickups are mounted into a sustain block which enhances the guitar's sustain and reduces feedback.
It also comes with the slightly less traditional Quick Change III bridge - the trade-off here is a slightly more modern look in return for making string changes a lot easier.
The body is all Sapele (top, back, and sides) and comes in two color choices - Transparent Red Flat (as pictured) or Transparent Black Flat. The Neck and fretboard are the same as the AF55 above, as is the pickup configuration and switching system.
More information on the AS53 is available at ibanez.com/HollowBodyGuitars/model-AS53
Both of these hollow bodies have only just been announced by Ibanez and the only pricing I could find was a European MSRP of 318.00€ for both the AF55 and AS53 - expect to see them in retailers around the world soon.
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