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The AF55 is an Artcore series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in mid 2011. It was originally produced in China; Indonesian production started in 2016; Chinese production was halted in mid-2018.

The AF55 features a full-hollow body design with an arched laminated maple top with ƒ holes and ivory binding on maple back and sides with a single Venetian cutaway mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and pearl dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Artcore humbucking pickups with chrome covers, a Tune-o-matic style bridge on a wooden base, a trapeze tailpiece, a plastic nut, and Ibanez tuning machines.

Several changes have been introduced through the years. In mid-2014 the Artcore ACH-ST pickups were replaced with Infinity R pickups. For 2015 the pearl dot fretboard inlays were replaced with white acrylic dots. For 2019 the maple body construction changed to sapele, the mahogany neck was replaced with nyatoh, and the rosewood fretboard was replaced with laurel. For 2020 the body material was changed to linden, the fretboard material was changed to walnut, and the bridge was replaced with the new Gibraltar Performer.

The AF55L is a left-handed version.


Specifications for AF55
Model name: AF55
Year(s) produced: 2011–2021
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China / Europe / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: China (2011–2018) / Indonesia (2016–2021)
Finish(es): Amber Burst Flat (ABF) 2011–2014 / Black Flat (BKF) 2014 / Tobacco Flat (TF) 2012–2021 / Transparent Black Flat (TKF) 2015–2021 / Transparent Red Flat (TRF) 2015
Body type:
Hollow body
  Length: 495mm / 19½"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 92mm / 3⅝"

  Material: 2011–2018: Maple (laminated)
                2019: Sapele (laminated)
                2021: Linden (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory


  Material: 2011–2018: Maple (laminated)
                2019: Sapele (laminated)
                2021: Linden (laminated)

Neck joint:
2018–2019: ART-1 on a wooden or blackwood base
2020–2021: Gibraltar Performer on wooden base (10.5mm string spacing)
Knob style:
Speed (black)
Hardware color:
Neck type:
AF Artcore
Neck material:
2011–2018: 1-piece mahogany
2019–2021: 1-piece nyatoh
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
2011–2018: Rosewood w/ ivory binding
2019: Laurel w/ ivory binding
2020–2021: Walnut w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
2011–2014: Pearl dot
2015–2021: White acrylic dot
20 / medium
Ivory plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
2011–2014: Ibanez ACH2-ST (H)
2014–2021: Ibanez Infinity R bridge (H) passive/ ceramic
Neck pickup:
2011–2014: Ibanez ACH1-ST (H)
2014–2021: Ibanez Infinity R neck (H) passive/ ceramic
Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


Additional finishes/ details
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Amber Burst Flat
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Black Flat
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Transparent Black Flat
Transparent Red Flat
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Pickup switching
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Controls layout
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Front of body (TF finish)
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Rear of body (TKF finish)


2011 Ibanez AF55 "Artcore Hollowbody Guitar" ( Demo/Review )
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