Ibanez expands AFS guitar line with two models for Rockabilly players

(Dave Molter | Posted 2011-01-22)

Ibanez expands AFS guitar line with two models  for Rockabilly players

Archtop hollowbody electric guitars most often conjure up images of jazz players like George Benson and Wes Montgomery. But rock players like them, too. Steve Howe (Yes, Asia), Brian Setzer (Stray Cats & solo), Ted Nugent and George Thorogood are among players who have successfully used hollowbody archtop guitars in rock. And even alternative artists such as The Decemberists and David Byrne can be seen using what once were considered strictly "jazz" guitars.

Now Ibanez has introduced its AFS line of guitars with an eye toward Rockabilly players.

The AFS80T is vintage vibrato-equipped and features a three-piece mahogany neck and all-maple body for clear, bright natural tone. Dual ACH covered humbucking pickups take that tone and add warmth and smoothness. Sure Grip III control knobs with rubber fittings provide no-slip adjustment, supporting accurate volume and tone control. Available in flashy Roadstar Green Metallic or Roadstar Orange Metallic finishes, both sport a slick white double stripe, and clear pickguard, giving them a totally modern, yet classic, Rockabilly look.

AFS Specs

Neck Material: 3pc Mahogany/ Maple
Neck Type: Artcore DX set-in
Body: Maple top/back/sides
Frets: Large frets
Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
Inlay: Pearl block inlay
Bridge: ART2 with VBF70 Vintage Vibrato
Neck PU: ACH1
Bridge PU: ACH2
Hardware Color: Chrome

For more information about Ibanez AFS guitars and all Ibanez guitars, visit www.Ibanez.com

Ibanez Guitars has a long history dating back to Japan in 1908. The company initially gained a foothold in the US with a line of guitars patterned after popular models by Fender and Gibson. By the mid-1970s, Ibanez had begun to produce unique designs and was among the first companies to premiere a line of neck-through basses with active EQ. Today Ibanez guitars are used by high-profile players such as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, and its basses continue to offer upscale features and looks at affordable prices.

From a press release.

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