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1988 AFD40 BG
AFD40 Bubinga Red copyright sprite

The AFD40 is a Artfield series solid body guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1988. The model name was also listed with a "-Z" suffix, which was applied after the finish code as AFD40BG-Z.

The short-lived Artfield series was a line of premium guitars which offered innovations such as the new All Access neck joint, multi-ply necks and locking tuners along with three new body shapes in exotic woods.

The AFD40's body shape is a non-symmetrical, sculpted, offset double-cutaway design with rounded shoulders and a short pointed lower horn with a deep cutaway and a much longer pointed upper horn. The profile shows that the entire body has an arch shape. The overall shape is somewhat reminiscent of the Maxxas series body.

1988 AFD40 profile
AFD40 side view Enlarge sprite

The AFD40 has a bubinga body bolted to a mahogany and maple neck with a 30-fret rosewood fingerboard with small dot position markers. Components include a humbucking pickup at the bridge and a single-coil at the neck, an HQ synchronized tremolo bridge and Gotoh locking tuning machines.

The AFD40's fretboard is beveled past the 24th fret, so only the upper strings are accessible up to the 30th fret. The pickups are listed variously as Ultrasonic Ref 6 or IBZ/USA.

The AFD45 is a similar model with three single-coil pickups and gold hardware. The AFD5 and AFD25 are related models with similar components but different body shapes and gold hardware.

The AFD40 was produced only in 1988.

Specifications

Specifications for AFD40
Year(s) produced: 1988
Sold in: Europe
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Natural
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Bubinga
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
HQ tremolo
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Artfield
Neck material:
5-piece mahogany/ maple
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Small pearl dot
Frets:
30 / jumbo
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HS
Bridge pickup:
Ultrasonic Ref 6 or IBZ/USA (H)
Neck pickup:
Ultrasonic Ref 2 or IBZ/USA (S)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle

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