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NAMM 2006

JS/JEM/UV/EP9   MM/PG/AT/ND/K/MT   PM/JSM/GB   RG/RGA PRESTIGE   RG

S   SA/GSA/SZ/GSZ   AR/ARX/ARC/AX/GAX   JTK/IC/ICX/RVX   ARTCORE   GIO

SPECIALS    LACS

 


Artcore Customs

 

These Customs show real promise in Chinese production. When I first saw them I swore the fretwork was J Custom. I'd think long and hard about actually selling these guitars if I didn't have such strict standards, and have to warranty everything I do sell. The old adage "you get what you pay for" just might not apply to these 3 models. *** Conflicting information come from Australia where somebody reports that an Ibanez brochure stated the Custom necks were Made in Japan and shipped to China to be mated to Chinese parts. I tend to believe this, as the necks were absolutely JC to me in every way.

AS103NT - 5 piece custom Artcore set neck, flame maple top, back, and sides, bound rosewood neck with Artcore custom inlay, 15 7/8" maximum width, 2 5/8" maximum thickness, large frets, ART1 bridge, IBZ Custom 58 neck and bridge pickups, available in NT [Natural]. $973.32 List price includeds case.

 

AF105FNT - 5 piece custom Artcore set neck, flame maple top, back, and sides, bound rosewood neck with Artcore custom inlay, 15 3/4" maximum width, 3 5/8" maximum thickness, medium frets, ART1 bridge, Ibanez Custom f pickup, available in NT [Natural]. $973.32 List price includeds case.

Check out that ball end fret finishing, click for high res.

 

AF105NT - 5 piece custom Artcore set neck, flame maple top, back, and sides, bound rosewood neck with Artcore custom inlay, 15 3/4" maximum width, 3 5/8" maximum thickness, medium frets, ART1 bridge, IBZ Custom 58 neck and bridge pickups, available in NT [Natural] not shown this year. $973.32 List price includeds case.

 


 

Artcore

 

These are the Chinese made guitars Ibanez started having built in 2004. The features are just phenomenal for the price point, but the important things are lacking. If you want to cut your hands just run them down the edges of the frets. The Customs shown above prove that China is capable of very high quality craftsmanship but I assume that the number of these fine luthiers is small compared to the production capacity of the factory, limiting the number of really good guitars they can build.

 

SEMI ACOUSTICS

AG83BATF - $599.99 List Price.

 

AS83VLS - $599.99 List Price.

 

AS73TCR - $439.99 List Price.

 

AM78TNBK - $573.32 List Price.

 

AM73EBR - $439.99 List Price.

 

AXD83PDVS - $533.32 List Price.

 

AWD83EBL - $573.32 List Price.

 

AWD82LTDBK - $599.99 List Price.

 

FWD60TOR - $439.99 List Price.

 

 

FULL ACOUSTICS

AF86VLS - $599.99 List Price.

 

AF75TBS - $466.65 List Price.

 

AF75DTOR - $466.65 List Price.

 

AK86DVS - $599.99 List Price.

 

AFS78TNBK - $573.32 List Price.

 

AFS75EDOBL - $533.32 List Price.

 

AG86TRD - $599.99 List Price.

 

AG75BS - $466.65 List Price.

 

 

 

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