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FS: PRICE DROP! Ibanez Artcore AFS75TD-TQ-12-01 hollow body electri…

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$100 EASTER WEEKEND PRICE DROP!

Look, this 2004 Ibanez AFS75TD-TQ-12-01 is a terrific ES-style axe in a rare finish color that's in fantastic shape and equipped with a pair of bright-sounding humbuckers that deliver a variety of tones both clean and dirty, but I've finally chosen to face facts: when it comes to sound holes on electric guitars, I'm just much more of a "cat's eye" (and "slash"-cut) guy, so, my quirky, "ƒ"-hole hating aesthetic taste is your gain, 'cause I'm lucky enough to already have a similarly sized and built Gretsch G3161 Historic Series Streamliner with cat's eyes that covers the shallow depth hollow body tonal bases, and thus am going to let this Excellent condition MIC '04 go. For the curious -- from mildly to seriously -- here are all the deets on this gorgeous looker and great player...

Designed to emulate the Gibson ES-330, this fully hollow body in a thin archtop form factor is really comfortable to play, generates controllable, musical-sounding feedback when you want it (and doesn't when you don't), and simply sounds great. A lightweight that reads as only 6.6 lb on my digital home scale, the guitar's got an arched laminated maple top with stylized letter "ƒ"-shaped sound holes and ivory multi-binding on maple back and sides with a single cutaway mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory-hued binding and pearl block position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Artcore humbucking pickups with chrome covers and individual volume and tone controls, a Tune-O-Matic style roller bridge on a wooden base with a matte-finished, Ibanez-branded, Bigsby B6-style vibrato tailpiece, a plastic nut, ivory-hued pickguard (not presently installed, as pictured) and matching pickup rings, see through "speed" knobs with an amber base, and aftermarket Grover tuners (as pictured) which replaced the not-included Ibanez stock machines. The striking, somewhere between Surf Green and Sea Foam Green finish color -- which Ibanez called "Turquoise" ("TQ" for short), which I assure you, it isn't -- was offered only from mid-2003 t0 2005, so I doubt it'd be possible for you to find another example of this becoming collectible guitar with this finish in this condition. Ships in a brand new, form fitting, plush lined Ibanez hard shell case (as pictured) made for this very line of guitars.

Now asking $799 this holiday weekend, ground shipped CONUS, feel free to PM me for payment details and with any questions you may have. Appreciative of any interest, but am not looking at trades, and I know we don't have any lowballers in the house -- only shotcallers. Here are a bunch of pix, and two videos (neither -- lucky for you -- featuring me) demonstrating the guitar's tonal versatility; for more vids, search "AFS75T" on YouTube. Thanks for checking out this offering!

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I doubt it'd be possible for you to find another example of this becoming collectible guitar with this finish in this condition.

Oh, it's possible. I have one - but it's going nowhere, so it can be part of the unobtainium that makes this offer more attractive.

I love these f-holes! Very sleek, very classy. These guitars play and sound great, and the true thin hollow construction is much less common than centerblockers. Arguably more comparable to a Tenny with f-holes than to other thin hollows - like 330s and Casinos, which are generally doublecuts.

They're sweet as they come, but also a great mod platform: I put tappable GFS RetroTrons in mine, a coil-tap toggle where the pickup selector is, and moved the pup selector to the upper shoulder.

Also worth mentioning is that the Igsby vibrato is exceptionally smooth and responsive.

One nit to pick: I don't think the model number needs the 12-01 at the end; it doesn't show in the catalog page, and I'm wondering if that didn't designate a 12-string version. (Which I've never seen, but it's what came to mind.)

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Some might be surprised to know this but I really like some of the Ibanez Artcore models, and currently have 4 in my possession. When set-up correctly, they are solid players, and the aesthetics are great too! Good luck with your sale LT... this one's not quite "blue" enough for me!

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I doubt it'd be possible for you to find another example of this becoming collectible guitar with this finish in this condition.

Oh, it's possible. I have one - but it's going nowhere, so it can be part of the unobtainium that makes this offer more attractive.

I love these f-holes! Very sleek, very classy. These guitars play and sound great, and the true thin hollow construction is much less common than centerblockers. Arguably more comparable to a Tenny with f-holes than to other thin hollows - like 330s and Casinos, which are generally doublecuts.

They're sweet as they come, but also a great mod platform: I put tappable GFS RetroTrons in mine, a coil-tap toggle where the pickup selector is, and moved the pup selector to the upper shoulder.

Also worth mentioning is that the Igsby vibrato is exceptionally smooth and responsive.

One nit to pick: I don't think the model number needs the 12-01 at the end; it doesn't show in the catalog page, and I'm wondering if that didn't designate a 12-string version. (Which I've never seen, but it's what came to mind.)

– Proteus

Appreciate the chime-in, Tim, as I do recall you're a fan/owner of this iteration of the model. Re: the complete model number designation, I was just going by the interior paper label!

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Some might be surprised to know this but I really like some of the Ibanez Artcore models, and currently have 4 in my possession. When set-up correctly, they are solid players, and the aesthetics are great too! Good luck with your sale LT... this one's not quite "blue" enough for me!

– kc_eddie_b

Ibanez also offered this model from '03 to '05 in a "Pale Blue" that you might like -- if you don't already have one (or more!).

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I was just going by the interior paper label!

Interesting. I'll look in mine and see if it's the same. That 12-1 on it just doesn't make sense!

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That's a beauty in a great color. Ibanez has been making great hollowbody electrics for a long, long time . Good luck with the sale.

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Durn if mine doesn't have the spurious 12-01 appended to the model number on the label as well. I can't believe Ibanez was misidentifying their own guitars as 12-strings! No wonder the model disappeared after a couple of years. When it was time to make more, they couldn't find the correct records in their own database and thought they'd never made them in the first place.

OR hey, maybe we can read 12-01 as indicating number one from a limited run of 12 guitars. And, curiously, we both have the same one. How rarer could it get? Entangled guitarticles. Quick, go and get yours out of the case. I'm going to play an Em7/9...see if your guitar spookily plays it at the same time.

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Man! What a resonant lively, comfortable, perfectly behaved guitar this is. I think they've gotten even better with age. I tell you whut now - if I didn't already have one, I'd want one.

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I wish you didn't already have one -- then, you could buy this one!

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Durn if mine doesn't have the spurious 12-01 appended to the model number on the label as well. I can't believe Ibanez was misidentifying their own guitars as 12-strings! No wonder the model disappeared after a couple of years. When it was time to make more, they couldn't find the correct records in their own database and thought they'd never made them in the first place.

OR hey, maybe we can read 12-01 as indicating number one from a limited run of 12 guitars. And, curiously, we both have the same one. How rarer could it get? Entangled guitarticles. Quick, go and get yours out of the case. I'm going to play an Em7/9...see if your guitar spookily plays it at the same time.

– Proteus

Well, I'd imagine our serial numbers differ, so, y'know, there not the exact same -- hey, what the heck is that coming from my music room...Link?

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what the heck is that coming from my music room?

Man! I'm tellin' ya. Einstein was wrong.

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I played one of these years ago and the only thing I remember is that there wasn’t enough arch in the top to keep the trem from lifting off the body even when doing a subtle shimmer.

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Ain't disputin', Chas, but based on my experience, that's a mighty oddservation! I'm playing mine now, and the trem doesn't budge when dipping (and I get 3 frets-worth of dive, rarely used with a Bigsby), and only when I pull up 2 frets-worth does it begin to lift at all. At 3 frets-worth, it still only comes up a little. And I've never pulled a Bigsby sharp like that in actual use. (And, ridiculously, the guitar is still in tune after all that ungentlemanly whammage.)

It's worth mentioning that the geometry on this guitar is very old-school hollowbody. At the end of the fingerboard over the body (via a graceful cantilever), the top of the neck is 18mm above the deck of the guitar - and the highest string-bearing surface on the bridge (the 4th string roller) is about 28mm from the top. This results in a healthy string break angle over the bridge on the way to the non-tension bar Igsby, and enough down-tension from the strings to couple string vibration to the top. It gets surprising resonance and acoustic volume from a 1.75" body depth, in a light guitar (6 lbs 14 oz).

By comparison to the Ibanez's 18mm neck height over the body, my new Rosewood Tenny has 15mm, with about 25mm rise from the top at the 4th string position of the bridge - with a proportionally more shallow string angle over the bridge. Also lots of Bigsby travel, either direction. The body of the Bigsby does stay on the top, even with extreme up-bends, though. (Does anyone regularly yank up on a Bigsby?)

The Iby's bracing is parallel "tone bars," no block under the bridge - genuine true hollowbody electric construction throughout.

Geez, Cap'n Lackin', why would you want to sell this guitar?

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See OP above in re: them there durned, letter "f"-shaped soundholes. It's a STYLE thing!

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Oh, I see. They're too gracefully stylish for you. Got it!

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Will say, though, this is a very resonant, easy-playin' li'l beasty...

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I'm not in the market to buy right now, but for those browsing, I got to play my nephews Artcore and I thought it was quite nice.. and my nephew absolutely loves it. Good luck.


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