For the more recent model with the same name, see AF85 (2015).
2003 AF85 VLS 12 01
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The AF85 is an Artcore series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in late 2003. It was produced in China.

The AF85 features a full-hollow body design with a laminated flamed maple top with ƒ holes and ivory multi-binding on flamed maple back and sides with a single Venetian cutaway mated to a set-in mahogany and maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and abalone block position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Artcore humbucking pickups with chrome covers and individual volume and tone controls, a Tune-o-matic style bridge on a wooden base, a chrome tailpiece, ivory plastic nut and pickup rings, a flamed sycamore pickguard, speed knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

The AF85L is a left-handed version. The AF84E is a related model with a single, floating humbucker neck pickup. The AF84 is a related fully-acoustic model with no electronics. The AF75 & AF75D are similar models with maple bodies and one-piece necks.

The AF85 was discontinued after 2005. The similar AF86 was introduced the following year.


Specifications for AF85 (2003–2005)
Year(s) produced: 2003–2005
Sold in: Asia & S. America / Europe / Japan / USA
Made in: China
Finish(es): Transparent Black (TK) 2005 / Violin Sunburst (VLS)
Body type:
Hollow body
  Length: 495mm / 19½"
  Width: 400mm / 15⅝"
  Depth: 92mm / 3⅝"

  Material: Flamed maple (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory multi-ply


  Material: Flamed maple

Neck joint:
ART-1 on a wooden base (10.5mm string spacing)
VT50 trapeze
Flamed sycamore
Knob style:
Speed (gold)
Hardware color:
Neck type:
Artcore AF
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Abalone block
22 / medium
Ivory plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ half-moon buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez ACH2 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez ACH1 (H)
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.030/.042/.052 (D'Addario EXL140 roundwound)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


Additional finishes/ details
2005 AF85 TK 12 01
Transparent Black
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3 hollow
Control layout


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