I’ve been a big fan of Ibanez’s low-cost Artcore Series of jazz boxes since they were first introduced in 2002, so I’m more than happy to see that the line is continuing to expand, and looking better all the time.
Over the weekend, at Austin’s Summer NAMM 2007 show, Ibanez introduced this gorgeous new hollowbody archtop––the Artcore Custom AF105SM.
While the guitar appears to have excellent specs––It’s one of the higher-end Artcore Custom models––the obvious standout here is a body made of highly-figured Spalted Maple: top, back, and sides.
Other features of the AF105SM will include a 5-piece Artcore Custom neck (set-in construction,) rosewood fretboard with 22 medium frets, block-style Artcore Custom fingerboard inlays, binding all around (body, fretboard, headstock,) and an Ibanez ART1 bridge.
Electronics include a pair of IBZ Custom 58 humbuckers, dual volume controls, dual tone controls, and 3-way pickup switching. No word from Ibanez on pricing.