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.