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.
|neck type||Artstar AS 3pc Mahogany/Maple set-in neck|
|body||Flamed Maple top/back/sides|
|fretboard||Bound Ebony fretboard w/Acrylic & Abalone block inlay|
|fret||Medium frets w/Artstar fret edge treatment|
|tailpiece||Quik Change III tailpiece|
|neck pickup||Super 58 (H) neck pickup (Passive/Alnico)|
|bridge pickup||Super 58 (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Alnico)|
|a : Width||43mm at NUT|
|b : Width||57mm at 22F|
|c : Thickness||21mm at 1F|
|d : Thickness||24mm at 9F|
|a : Length||19 1/4"|
|b : Width||15 3/4"|
|c : Max Depth||2 5/8"|
The Ebony fretboard with Artstar fret edge treatment produces a tight low and mid range with an iconic attack on the high end. It also features a quick response and rich sustain.
The Super 58 pickups deliver the smooth, nuanced tones and the biting growl of blues.
The Tri-Sound switch for the neck pickup allows you to select Humbucker in series (traditional), parallel (brighter, single coil type tone w/ lower output and hum cancellation) or coil-tapping for a single coil sound.
The ART-1 bridge provides improved sustain and tuning stability.
The Quik Change III tailpiece enables faster and easier string changing.
The Bone nut provides richer tone from low to high.
The Sure Grip III knobs are designed for precise control with nonslip functionality, along with smooth and classic looks.