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Ibanez AFB200 Artcore Hollow Body Bass Guitar Review


Welcome back to another episode of loudest reviews. This is the Ibanez AFB 200 Artcore. Hollow body bass guitar.
I have to say that people's impressions of an instrument are always form by what they come to the table with like if it's a famous name they might think Well, It's going to be a pretty good instrument they cut a lot of slack. I remember years ago I played an inexpensive Ibanez bass that a student bass player was using and I said ....
You know, that's .... that's really not a very good bass You have to get something better.
That was it! I just assume that Ibanez made inexpensive instruments and they weren't very good. But of course I notice ocasionally
that guitarist such as Pat metheny and George Benson were using Ibanez. Steve Vai and I said, well...
Maybe I should, you know...
keep my mind open about what Ibanez is doing on the bass side.
Impressions have to be evaluated before you carve them in stone.
The Artcore series is a hollow body which is something I only recenyty have been interested in.
It's also a short scale bass It's 30 points 3 inches from here to here Most bass guitars, Starting with the famous Fenders in 1951
The first precision electric bass guitar were 34 inches. So, there's some variations on it but by large most basses are 34 inches
So this is a short scale 34inch bass It's something I normally I would have avoided because again I assume those were student instruments
or starters instruments and not really be taking very seriously. Fortunate I find out I was quite wrong. This is the first short scale instrument I really have time to play. You can get around much faster on it because it, the notes are closer together. All of the sudden you can play 20% faster thatn you would
on a longer scale. People tell me that they have a distinctive sound. I'm not really sure about that because I haven't played enough for a comparison
but because this a hollow body bass. It's too many variables for me to comment on but I'd say There's no penalty For this as a short scale instrument in terms of sound. I don't find it that it's any Less present in any of the frequencies So, I just happens to be a short scale easier to get your hands around, faster to play
That's the only comment I can make about it.
I can definetely comment a lot more on the fact that is a hollow body instrument and I really grown in my playing to enjoy hollow body instruments they have a very earthy, woody, traditional bass tone not necessarly like an upright, but not far from it but they really sound fantastic in roots rock R&B, reggae,  pretty much all the styles of popular music they sound wonderful. This with a pick, or finger style has a real earthy, acoustic, sound. It sits in the mix very nicely
It's just a great tone. So, that's with both pickups on now I'm  playing an amp with a 1 ten on it so there's not tremendous bass on it but I'd tell you, I played with bigger amps with this bass and It's just a wonderful tone It probably rolls off a little on the low E string but more like an acoustic intstrument I think it actually has all the bass you ever want from both. Definetely not a slap instrument. Definetely not for modern fusion kinds of style. but within the content of what it's designed for it sounds wonderful and If you normally bring out a P-bass or some other traditional instrument subtituting an instrument like this in those kind of band situations you'd be very happy. In fact Maybe a little addicted to this kind of sound Because it's a little more hollow body and so easy to get around you'd be playing faster, probably more melodic. it sounds great at the high notes both pickups on The bridge pickup  All the way back to the front pickup
I really, really think this a fantastic instrument. And here's the shocker, It's only $500 It looks to me like a fine hollow body electric guitar
It's a solid Maple body. Top, side and back Its binding, on the back. It's actually multi-layer binding A nice, kind of art deco head stock IT's a three piece set head neck Mahogany, Mahogany, Maple Very nicely made the joinery is very nice Very good quality Aside from the fact that I really like the sound
You could have told me that this is a $2000 instrument and I wouldn't been surprised. It's made in China To a very high standard
Hard for me to find any fault in this, I think this really something you must have If you're a bassist in your collection Want a woodier, earthier tone
It's a great place to start, It might be all you ever need in a hollow body bass. Short scale or not I highly recommended the Ibanez AFB 200 Artcore series
You have to buy the case Ironically, this bass Does not fit in any standard gig bag, or non standard gig bag The case is about $120 I'm afraid
I'm playing trhough an Ibanez Promethean Combo P 1x10 cabinet
Also we have for review Prestige ATK1200 A new solid body high end 'Japanese made bass
This is Martin from Loudes Reviews, Thanks for tunning in
Welcome back to another episode of loudest reviews. This is the Ibanez AFB 200 Artcore. Hollow body bass guitar. I have to say that people's impressions of an instrument are always form by what they come to the table with like if it's a famous name they might think Well, It's going to be a pretty good instrument they cut a lot of slack. I remember years ago I played an inexpensive Ibanez bass that a student bass player was using and I said .... You know, that's .... that's really not a very good bass You have to get something better.That was it! I just assume that Ibanez made inexpensive instruments and they weren't very good. But of course I notice ocasionallythat guitarist such as Pat metheny and George Benson were using Ibanez. Steve Vai and I said, well...Maybe I should, you know... keep my mind open about what Ibanez is doing on the bass side. Impressions have to be evaluated before you carve them in stone.The Artcore series is a hollow body which is something I only recenyty have been interested in.It's also a short scale bass It's 30 points 3 inches from here to here Most bass guitars, Starting with the famous Fenders in 1951The first precision electric bass guitar were 34 inches. So, there's some variations on it but by large most basses are 34 inchesSo this is a short scale 34inch bass It's something I normally I would have avoided because again I assume those were student instrumentsor starters instruments and not really be taking very seriously. Fortunate I find out I was quite wrong. This is the first short scale instrument I really have time to play. You can get around much faster on it because it, the notes are closer together. All of the sudden you can play 20% faster thatn you wouldon a longer scale. People tell me that they have a distinctive sound. I'm not really sure about that because I haven't played enough for a comparisonbut because this a hollow body bass. It's too many variables for me to comment on but I'd say There's no penalty For this as a short scale instrument in terms of sound. I don't find it that it's any Less present in any of the frequencies So, I just happens to be a short scale easier to get your hands around, faster to playThat's the only comment I can make about it.I can definetely comment a lot more on the fact that is a hollow body instrument and I really grown in my playing to enjoy hollow body instruments they have a very earthy, woody, traditional bass tone not necessarly like an upright, but not far from it but they really sound fantastic in roots rock R&B, reggae,  pretty much all the styles of popular music they sound wonderful. This with a pick, or finger style has a real earthy, acoustic, sound. It sits in the mix very nicelyIt's just a great tone. So, that's with both pickups on now I'm  playing an amp with a 1 ten on it so there's not tremendous bass on it but I'd tell you, I played with bigger amps with this bass and It's just a wonderful tone It probably rolls off a little on the low E string but more like an acoustic intstrument I think it actually has all the bass you ever want from both. Definetely not a slap instrument. Definetely not for modern fusion kinds of style. but within the content of what it's designed for it sounds wonderful and If you normally bring out a P-bass or some other traditional instrument subtituting an instrument like this in those kind of band situations you'd be very happy. In fact Maybe a little addicted to this kind of sound Because it's a little more hollow body and so easy to get around you'd be playing faster, probably more melodic. it sounds great at the high notes both pickups on The bridge pickup  All the way back to the front pickupI really, really think this a fantastic instrument. And here's the shocker, It's only $500 It looks to me like a fine hollow body electric guitarIt's a solid Maple body. Top, side and back Its binding, on the back. It's actually multi-layer binding A nice, kind of art deco head stock IT's a three piece set head neck Mahogany, Mahogany, Maple Very nicely made the joinery is very nice Very good quality Aside from the fact that I really like the soundYou could have told me that this is a $2000 instrument and I wouldn't been surprised. It's made in China To a very high standardHard for me to find any fault in this, I think this really something you must have If you're a bassist in your collection Want a woodier, earthier toneIt's a great place to start, It might be all you ever need in a hollow body bass. Short scale or not I highly recommended the Ibanez AFB 200 Artcore seriesYou have to buy the case Ironically, this bass Does not fit in any standard gig bag, or non standard gig bag The case is about $120 I'm afraidI'm playing trhough an Ibanez Promethean Combo P 1x10 cabinetAlso we have for review Prestige ATK1200 A new solid body high end 'Japanese made bassThis is Martin from Loudes Reviews, Thanks for tunning in

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