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m.balthazar 12/01/2012

Ibanez AG95 : m.balthazar's user review


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Value For Money : Excellent
Japanese brand electric guitar made in China in 2007.
Hollowbody (70 mm) with figured bubinga top, back and sides.
Spruce parallel bracing.
3 piece Artcore Deluxe mahogany and maple neck.
Trussrod accessible through headstock.
Rosewood fingerboard with Artcore Deluxe abalone markers, 12" radius.
22 frets Medium Jumbo (width : 2.7 mm, height : 1.1 mm).
Ceramic humbucker pickups ACH1 and ACH2 (Artec).
Tune-O-Matic type ART-1 bridge (Sung Il Hitech).
VT100 Tailpiece.
Bubinga pickguard.
3 way switch and knobs (Alpha) for volume control (500kohm linear) and tone (500kohm logarithmic + .022uf capacitor) for each pickup.
Grover type machine heads (Jin-Ho Instrument).
10-46 roundwound strings.
Scale lenght of 628 mm (24.75").
Gold hardware.
Transparent red finish.
Polyurethan lacquer.
Weight : 2.9 kg.
I have the original gigbag that fit perfectly the guitar.


Very pleasant neck. Access to highs correct. Good ergonomics, is the smallest of the Artcore series with the same dimensions as the GB10. The tuners are nice.
Well adjust nut. No frets problem.
The bridge base fit perfectly the top.
Pots and switch work fine and without any noise. Well made wiring (invisible through the f-holes)


I replaced the original pickups, whatsoever, by Seymour Duncan Seth Lover.
Replaced the TOM bridge by an ebony one. Replaced strings by Thomastik-Infeld flatwounds Jazz Swing 13-53 and set the truss-rod. The sounds are very good, well defined and very round, very warm with the neck pickup.
Used on a Fender Eighty-Five no effect on the clean channel.


Bought used, I use it for 1 year. The finish is above suspicion except the golden finish on tailpiece which is not very strong. Some parasitic vibrations of the pickguard set by a few strokes of a screwdriver and a piece of foam.
What I like least: Flash Gordon logo on the head.
What I like most: everything else and essantialy the neck.
Excellent price / quality ratio.