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The Ibanez Artcore AF75 is an instrument I have been looking to buy for several months. After storming through internet review and market sites, harassing local music store staff, and scrutinising friends and family of any guitar knowledge they might withhold, I discovered that (depsite it being quite a common make of instrument) the Ibanex Artcore range was a stirdy choice for any blues/jazz loving mediocre-advanced guitarist like myself.
Perhaps what attracted me most to this guitar at first glance and and inspection was its full-hollow body (without sound blocking wooden walls), 22 fret neck (2 more than normality), and highly set bridge and saddles (allowing for wilder strumming, and easier deadening of strings).
I also loved the Gibson-like styling, and general stirdy feel to the instrument, hopefully letting me know that if I accidentally knocked or banged it, the thing would stay in tact! - more or less.
So, eventually, I bought the thing. And after looking for several days I realised that there was one site everyone seemed to be talking about when it came to purchasing good quality instruments and sound recording equipment, dv247.com. At first I saw that a similar Ibanez guitar was retailed at £390, a full £60 cheaper than my local store (and with a 4-year warrenty, and 30-day money back guarentee). This was great, up until I spotted the AF75-BS on sale for just £330 (complete with free guitar bag and strings), a reduced price due to the 'like-new' descriptive attached to my future purchase. I went for it.
It was when the thing arrived that I realised I'd picked myself up a HUGE bargain. The guitar came in a large cardboard box stuffed with bubble wrap and 'fragile' advocating material. It looked very well packaged indeed, and when I removed the instrument, its laminate-wood body reflected light from around the room at my face and I grinned uncontrollably at its brilliance. Already fully stringed, the electric guitar felt light, durable and well-made (just as it had in the shops). After playing every note on the guitar, checking for signs of unclear notation (or a light rubbing sound - which meant the instrument hadn't been set up properly at the bridge), I concluded that the guitar was sound.
Tuning it up, plugging it in and adjusting my amplifier to a melow, clean setting, I began to strum 'babe I'm gonna leave you' (Led Zeppelin) and instantly fell in love with the sound. The strings were easy to push down (giving you a clear note every time) and produced a great melodic sound as they collaborated together in harmony.
Everything on this guitar feels right, from its proper materials of wood and metal, to its hollow body, to its ease and simplicity in playing and fantastic sound. I can't honestly see myself ever parting with this magnificant guitar, but it does make you wonder just what is possible in guitar manufacture today, and what else can be produced in the future that might catch my eye.