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heads on fire 12/11/2011

Ibanez AK80 : heads on fire's user review

« Great jazzbox for the price. »

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Neck Material: 3pc Mahogany/ Maple
Neck Type: Artcore AK set-in
Body: Spruce top, Flamed Maple back/sides
Frets: Large frets
Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
Inlay: Pearl dot inlay
Bridge: Rosewood bridge
NeckPU: ACH1
BridgePU: ACH2
HW Color: CH
Finishes: BS

Full-hollow construction
3-piece Mahogany/Maple neck
AK95 features gold hardware
Spruce Top/Flamed Maple back and sides
Large Frets
ART-W wooden bridge Depth:
70mm at tail


Scale/Length 628mm/24.75"
a: Width at Nut 43mm
b: Width Last Fret 56.5mm
c: Thickness 1st Fret 20mm
d: Thickness 12th Fret 26.5mm
Radius 305mm
Bridge Pickup
Name: ACH2
Model No: ACH2
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Bridge version of ACH1.

Neck Pickup
Name: ACH1
Model No: ACH1
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Clean sounding with a slight overdrive.


The AK80 is a nice, low-cost entry into full-hollowbody jazzboxes. It has a very pleasant feel to it, nice balance, and can be set up to be a very playable instrument. With a good, professional-grade setup, this is a joy to play! The build quality is good - the fretwork and hardware are a lot better than the price would indicate. Also, the sunburst finish is quite beautiful up close. Ibanez has put a lot of though into the details of a low-cost instrument, and that is a good sign to me.


I was utterly blown away by this guitar's sound. Acoustically, the tone projects, with a nice attack and light airiness reminiscent of a gypsy jazz guitar. Plugged in, this guitar can get as smoky jazz or brightly rockabilly as desired. The pickups impart a wonderful warmth to the tone, yet it still retains a crystal clarity. For any genre that would do well with a fully hollow guitar, this is a perfect choice, sonically.


This is just a great guitar all the way around. For sitting in with a small combo, hitting the stage with a big band, or just sitting in the corner of a restaurant playing solo jazz pieces, this instrument will do it in stride, and not hurt your wallet while doing so. It's dripping with character, looks great, and feels very nice in your hands. It might even make you play better! Recommended.