Ibanez AK105 artcore custom

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  1. monkmiles

    monkmiles Supporting Member

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    Got an Ibanez AK105 and am loving it! It's one of the artcore custom line but with a spaltedmaple top and limited production. It's a laminate top es-175 style body, which is what I was looking for as I'm using it electrically and had feedback issues with the solid top archtop I had.

    Here's pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/jazzgeetar/IbanezAK105#

    One of the first things I had to do was set it up with new strings. It came with roundwound 9s or 10s and I restrung it with flatwound 12s. It's easy and comfortable to play and sounds sweet! The neck is fantastic, body is beautiful and the wooden (rosewood) around the pickups and volume/tone knobs is a nice touch. I can get a nice, fat jazz tone with it...kinda going for that electric Joe Pass tone.
     
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    Looks fantastic ... congrats.

    I've got a lot of respect for the Ibanez Artcore range. I was playing my dad's AS103 only yesterday. Build quality is extremely good ... tone and resonance to match. Bring in the price and they're hard to match.
     
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    Thanks MartinC. Yea, I think the regular artcores are good value, but especially think the artcore customs are well made, good guitars.
     
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    I'm a huge believer in the artcore series, I play the ak-95 and do jazz gigs with it, when people comment on the tone they don't believe me when I tell them that the guitar cost less than five hundred bucks.
     
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    I've read a lot of good things about the AK105. I asked my local dealer about them and he told me they were no longer listed in his literature and I came to the conclusion they were a limited run. Every Ibanez product I've owned has been great.
     
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    It took some effort for me to find one. According to the Ibanez parts site (ibanez.com/parts) it was a limited production run during the month of May 2008. The dealer I got mine from said they had a fair amount of them in their warehouse. Give me a pm if you want their info.
     
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    Looks awesome, I've been eyeing the AK100 myself. Any chance of some soundclips?
     
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    Yea, I'll try to record something and post it up here later this week or weekend.

    If I couldn't find the AK105, I was going to go with the AK100. I used to have an AF105 so I knew what to expect with the artcore custom line...but I was really a sucker for the darker finish/color of the the AK has, it's splated maple top, its tailpiece, etc.
     
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    Thanks for the clip, it has a good sound.

    I'll have to keep my eye open for one soon.
     
  11. soulohio

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    is there an Ibanez with a mahogony neck, laminate top that does the rock n roll thing? If not Ibanez, who? P90's and Bigsby are a plus.

    maybe I need to look back at my original idea of a Gretsch Electromatic since my Yamaha has not worked out.
     
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    Looks great. Congrats! :AOK
     

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