The AFR5FMP is a five string Affirma series solid body electric bass model introduced by Ibanez for 2019. It is a limited model made in Indonesia as part of the mid-tier Premium line. It heralds the return of the Affirma series which had a short run between 1992 and 1995.
The AFR5FMP features half through neck construction with a flamed maple and walnut top on a maple body attached to a graphite reinforced maple neck with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard with offset abalone dot position markers at the twelfth fret. The body has a sculpted, asymmetrical double cutaway design originated by Rolf Spuler with distinctive, narrow, curving horns; the AFR logo is inlaid into the guitar top between the pickup and bridge. Components include a single Bartolini X55JX split single-coil pickup mounted halfway between the bridge and neck, an Ibanez two-band EQ w/ piezo active tone control, stainless steel frets, a Mono-rail V bridge with integrated AeroSilk piezos and 19mm string spacing, a barrel-style stereo output jack, a plastic nut and Ibanez tuning machines.
Controls consist of individual volumes for the magnetic and piezo pickups, a stacked 2-band EQ for the magnetic pick and an active tone control for the piezos. The gain of each individual piezo can be adjusted via trimpots accessible from the back of the instrument.
The AFR4FMP is a four string version. The AFR5WAP is a similar model with a walnut body.
Specifications for AFR5FMP
Year(s) produced: 2019–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa 2019 / Europe 2019 / Japan / North & South America and Oceania 2019 / USA 2019