Fresh in from Ibanez for 2018, are a couple of incredible additions to the almighty Contemporary Archtop Series. Although more famous for their insane range of Solidbody electrics, Ibanez have a rich history in the hollowbody game and these models punch well above their modest price tag.
The Ibanez AFC95 in Violin Matte is a great feature of their catalogue. With beautiful Flamed Maple back and sides, with a lush Spruce top, this guitar looks absolutely stunning. Capturing all the bite and resonance of a classic hollowbody the AFC95 is perfectly suited to a wide range of styles.
The 3 piece Mahogany/Maple set neck feels great underhand. Smooth and rich, the bound Ebony fingerboard has classically styled Acrylic block inlays that add to the vintage appeal. Benefiting from 20 medium frets and flatwound strings it provides tight response and super smooth playability. The Ebony bridge and VT14 tailpiece with AFC wood cover offer precise tuning stability and a really sweet playing action, it definitely adds to the organic appeal that this guitar has.
Loaded with a pair of Magic Touch-Mini humbuckers, the AFC95 has great sonic character. It packs a killer punch and offers rich, nuanced tone with clear articulation at both ends of the sonic spectrum and a crystal clear response.
At under £600 this guitar represents incredible value for money, this is a guitar you are not going to want to overlook.