What Ibanez Say:
After last year's much-heralded introduction of the upgraded Artstar line, Ibanez takes it up another notch with Artstar Prestige—a new line of exquisite made-in-Japan instruments. For the first time ever, Ibanez brings the crown jewel of Prestige production to its Artstar hollow body concept, making its credo: "Hollow Bodies of The Highest Order" a mission statement made manifest through the excellence of Artstar Prestige design and luthiery.
Those who've followed Ibanez jazz guitars through the decades may see Artstar Prestige as the completion of a circle. The guitar maker for numerous names on Downbeat's Readers' polls—master players like George Benson and Pat Metheny are a testament to the preeminence of made-in-Japan Ibanez jazz guitars. Artcore, Expressionist, and Artstar offer up-and-comers inspiring instruments that won't break the bank. Now, Artstar Prestige offers custom-built, made-in-Japan quality for the serious professional.
With its Brown Sunburst finish and Spruce top, Flamed Maple back and sides, a deep love of jazz history emanates from the AF200. The luthier's skill becomes immediately apparent upon playing your first chord progression on its bound Ebony fingerboard. Medium frets with meticulously hand-filed edges are buttery smooth to your chording hand. The set-in neck is immaculately joined to the body, and its Ebony bridge is the perfect blend of traditional style and technological integrity. At the headstock end of the fingerboard is a clean, perfectly set bone nut. Rounding out this stunningly crafted piece is the famous Ibanez Super 58 pickup, known for its balanced tone character and sonic fullness, whether restrained to "jazz-clean" or cranked up to "gritty rockin' blues."
Hard shell case is included.