NAMM 2015 – Ibanez Semi-Hollow Guitars for 2015

Solid tops, exotic woods and Super 58 pickups

Apart from Ibanez’ traditional guitar models like the RG, S or JEM Series, the semi-hollow lines Artstar and Artcore were extremely successful all around the world. The well-balanced mix of traditional shapes with modern day pickups and hardware has been adopted by a lot of huge artists as well.

For 2015, Ibanez releases three Artstar models with solid tops for the more ambitious player, Super 58 humbuckers and high-end hardware. But also the lower-prized Artcore guitars feature figured woods and beautiful finishes.

Ibanez Artstar SS300 Dark Violin Sunburst

The Ibanez SS300 features a quite compact body with Flamed Maple back and sides plus a solid Spruce top, which can be found on a lot of expensive American guitars as well. The top, neck and headstock come with a natural binding and the ebony fretboard has acryl/abalone block inlays set in.

Ibanez Artstar SS300-DVS Dark Violin Sunburst (click to enlarge)

Ibanez Artstar SS300-DVS Dark Violin Sunburst (click to enlarge)

  • Solid Spruce top
  • Flamed Maple back & sides
  • Artstar 5-piece, set-in Maple/Walnut neck
  • Ebony fretboard w/binding & acryl/abalone block inlays
  • 22 medium frets w/Artstar Fret Edge Treatment
  • Flatwound strings
  • Ibanez Super 58 humbuckers
  • 2x Volume, 2x Tone, 3-way toggle switch
  • Ibanez ART-W bridge/VT06S tailpiece
  • Bone nut
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 1149€

Ibanez Artstar SJ300 Dark Violin Sunburst

For players who like Jazz guitars with big bodies, Ibanez introduces the SJ300 into the Artstar series. The specs are pretty much similar to the SS300 except for the bigger body of course.

Ibanez Artstar SJ300-DVS Dark Violin Sunburst (click to enlarge)

Ibanez Artstar SJ300-DVS Dark Violin Sunburst (click to enlarge)

  • Solid Spruce top
  • Flamed Maple back & sides
  • Artstar 5-piece, set-in Maple/Walnut neck
  • Ebony fretboard w/binding & acryl/abalone block inlays
  • 22 medium frets w/Artstar Fret Edge Treatment
  • Flatwound strings
  • Ibanez Super 58 humbuckers
  • 2x Volume, 2x Tone, 3-way toggle switch
  • Ibanez ART-W bridge/VT06S tailpiece
  • Bone nut
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 1149€

Ibanez Artstar Prestige AM205-AV Antique Violin

The smallest Artstar model comes with a classic doublecut shape and a nicely figured Burl Mahogany body. Players who like 335-style guitars but struggle with the body size, might enjoy this well-equipped guitar.

Ibanez Artstar Prestige AM205-AV Antique Violin (click to enlarge)

Ibanez Artstar Prestige AM205-AV Antique Violin (click to enlarge)

  • Burl Mahogany top/back/sides
  • Artstar AM set-in Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard w/binding & acryl/abalone block inlays
  • 22 medium frets w/Prestige Fret Edge Treatment
  • Ibanez Super 58 humbuckers
  • 2x Volume, 2x Tone, 3-way toggle switch
  • Gotoh 510BN bridge/Gotoh GE101A tailpiece
  • Bone nut
  • Ibanez hardshell case included
  • Approximate price: 2099€

Ibanez Artcore AM93 Antique Yellow Sunburst

The lower-priced AM93 Artcore model features a beautiful Quilted Maple body with a transparent sunburst finish.

Ibanez AM93-AYS Antique Yellow Sunburst (click to enlarge)

Ibanez AM93-AYS Antique Yellow Sunburst (click to enlarge)

  • Quilted Maple top/back/sides
  • Expressionist 3-piece, set-in Mahogany/Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/binding & acrylic block inlays
  • 22 medium frets
  • Ibanez Super 58 humbuckers
  • 2x Volume, 2x Tone, 3-way toggle switch
  • Ibanez ART-1 bridge/Quick Change III tailpiece
  • Approximate price: 599€

Ibanez Artcore AG95 Dark Brown Sunburst

Located in the same price range, the Artcore AG95 has a bigger body made of Figured Bubinga with a matching pickguard.

Ibanez Artcore AG95-DBS Dark Brown Sunburst (click to enlarge)

Ibanez Artcore AG95-DBS Dark Brown Sunburst (click to enlarge)

  • Figured Bubinga top/back/sides
  • Expressionist 3-piece, set-in Mahogany/Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard w/binding & acrylic block inlays
  • 22 medium frets
  • Ibanez Super 58 humbuckers
  • 2x Volume, 2x Tone, 3-way toggle switch
  • Ibanez ART-1 bridge/VT06 tailpiece
  • Approximate price: 599€

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