Ibanez AS2000 Artstar Prestige, Brown Sunburst
Overview by GAK
We highly recommend playing the Ibanez AS2000 if you’re in the market for a premium double-cut semi-acoustic guitar. It’s a member of the lauded Prestige family, which means it was carefully crafted in Japan with the best available components, tonewoods and luthiers. All Ibanez Prestige models are befitting of the name - it’s a seal of approval that guarantees the AS2000 will play and sound top-notch.
At the core of the AS2000’s tone are its figured Anigre top, back and sides. This tonewood is reminiscent of the warm, mid-rich Honduran Mahogany with an increased balance in the high-end. The neck is crafted from a combination of African Mahogany and S-Tech roasted maple, which promotes resonance and durability. Its topped by a bound ebony fretboard, known for its glassy trebles and smooth playability, and 22 Prestige treated frets which provides a comfortable playing feel.
The AS2000 comes equipped with the fantastic Super 58 humbuckers, which are favoured by legendary players like George Benson, Pat Metheny and John Scofield in their signature models. They have buckets of nuance and articulation for jazzers whilst packing some extra grit and girth for ruder styles of music.
Rich tone, rock-solid tuning and precise intonation are catered for by the high-quality hardware, which includes a bone nut and Gotoh bridge/tailpiece. The AS2000’s sleek, sophisticated looks are emphasised by the acrylic/abalone block inlays, golden hardware and classic Brown Sunburst finish.
The provided hard case fits the AS2000 like a glove and is a great way to keep it protected whilst you're on the move.
Overview by Ibanez
The parallel histories of Jazz music and hollow-body electric guitars have been manifested in the Artstar. The influences of these legendary instruments are immediately apparent with bone nut, ebony fretboard, and Ibanez’s signature Super 58 custom pickups. The critical eye will appreciate the details like the smoothness of the fretboard and a skilled crimping technique generally found on instruments costing twice as much. The Artstar is a pure jazz-box that embodies the continual innovation that is Jazz.