The Ibanez AGBV200A bass guitar is a new model straight from the Artcore Bass series. The Artcore Series by Ibanez does a wonderful job of taking all the best components that make a great solid body bass, while also integrating features of an acoustic bass so that you get the best of both worlds when it comes to tone. The hollow body of the AGBV200A allows you to create a range of acoustic and electric sounds as you wish.
MAPLE SEMI-HOLLOW BODY
Ibanez have employed maple tonewood to construct the body, back and sides of the AGBV200A which gives the guitar its uniquely natural wooden finish. The use of maple in this semi-hollow body guitar contributes to a comprehensively eloquent, bright sound. The cutaway design provides the acoustic feel in sound as well as partnering the maple to give a warm, bright timbre.
Ibanez have fitted a short scale neck to the maple body of the AGBV200A Artcore Vintage bass guitar. This 30.3 inch neck is formed using mahogany which feels incredibly comfortable to play, while it also helps to improve low end resonance and tone. Aboard the mahogany neck is a bound rosewood 22-fret fingerboard decorated with white dot inlays to guide you.
HARDWARE AND FINISH
In order to amplify your sound, Ibanez have fitted Classic Elite Bass pickups to the AGBV200A bass guitar which are spot on for a live performance. The abundance of tones made available to you from firm low ends to sweet highs are all well rendered by the pickups.
At the lower bout of the body Ibanez chose Honey Gold Sure Grip III control knobs as these have a non-slip functionality so that you can easily adjust your Volume and Tone with precision. A pickup selector switch sits just across the cutaway for you to alternate between the neck and bridge pickups.
The Ibanez bass is equipped with a Gibraltar III Bass bridge and Quik Change III tailpiece, which work together to increase sustain and overall tone. This bridge and tailpiece combination also makes it nice and simple to change your strings whenever you need to.
Ibanez have chosen chrome hardware to complement the natural Tobacco Burst finish making it all the more eye-catching. The AGBV200A Artcore Vintage Electric Bass Guitar is a remarkable model with fantastic, all-round features combined with a stunning appearance.
Manufacturer Ibanez Model AGBV200A Artcore Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Body Material Maple Neck Material 3-piece Maple/Mahogany Fingerboard Material Rosewood Number of Strings 4 Neck Profile Artcore Number of Frets 22 Scale Length 30.3" Fretboard Radius 400mm Fretboard Inlays Dot Pickups (Neck and Bridge) Classic Elite Controls Volume
Pickup Selector Switch
Bridge Gibraltar III Bass bridge, Quik Change III tailpiece
I bought it for it's deep clear woody string bass sound and stunning retro looks. I'm more than happy with the sound and build etc., though this bass is not the easiest to set up for playing action. Very rattly and buzzes on the E and A strings and even careful neck and bridge reset didn't help. I've played many bass guitars professionally and this one is the worst I'd had for playing action even with smooth flat wound strings. It's now with a luthier/guitar tech guy having the frets evened out as some are much higher than others. However, I really like the sound and looks of this bass and It will be worth the extra cost of a proper set up. I'd have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the initial disappointment of set up problem. Would I buy it again? Yes I would for it's tone and appearance!
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