Ibanez AR620 Artist Expressionist Series – Not Just A Pretty Face!

Ibanez AR620 Artist Expressionist Series – Not Just A Pretty Face!
With such a classy, luxurious look and feel, the AR620 also proves it's not just a pretty face by offering superior versatility, huge tone, and some great pro features. $800? I'd expect to pay a lot more.
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With such a classy, luxurious look and feel, the AR620 also proves it's not just a pretty face by offering superior versatility, huge tone, and some great pro features. $800? I'd expect to pay a lot more.

Design
9.5
Features
9.1
Performance
9.3
Value
9.4
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Ibanez's AR range was one of the Japanese brand’s first original designs – and a statement that they meant business. Now, one of the most recognizable names in guitar, the gorgeous AR620 keeps the legacy alive!

Design

This really is a unique looking guitar. With a curvaceous, symmetrical double cutaway body made from mahogany, and two bold colors – black or ivory – it just looks sleek, and is hard to resist picking up and playing.

The set three-piece maple neck (24.7” scale) is superbly rigid, and has a dark bound ebony fretboard, with 22 medium frets and fret edge treatment for real ease of playing. Meanwhile the smooth heel also makes it very comfortable to play, especially towards the higher frets.

The attention to detail on the neck doesn’t stop there – the unique pearl Tree of Life design that entwines the entire neck is something really special.

That design continues up into the vintage-style headstock, which has gold tuners that match the rest of the golden hardware and overall deluxe look of this guitar. Yes, this really is a great looking piece of kit and one that feels solid and durable.

Features

The AR620 has some very notable features which ultimately deliver a great package.

There are two Ibanez-made Super 80 “Flying Finger” embossed ceramic humbuckers at the neck and bridge, but thanks to two Tri-Sound switches, you essentially also have two single-coil pickups, giving you plenty of choice and tons of versatility.

And there’s more bling to come with the gold-plated ART1 bridge and Quik Change Ultra tailpiece, which – as the name suggests – makes string changes quick and painless, and adds tuning stability.
There guitar also comes equipped with four gold Sure Grip III control knobs, that provide precise volume and tone to each of the humbuckers, and a pickup selector switch for even more choice.

Finally a hard-shell case comes with the guitar as standard, which is very useful as you don’t want to travel without it. So it’s versatile and packed with features. I am really liking this guitar.

Performance

With great design and features, this guitar is crying out for a matching sound. And thankfully it doesn’t let you down.

With such versatility, you can’t really reduce this guitar to one or two sounds. The Flying Finger humbuckers alone have a wide-range of output, and deliver a clear and mellow sound when played clean, with lots of bite and power when the overdrive is on.

But throw in the Tri-Sound switches to select between series, parallel or split-coil operation and there’s no limit to what you can do with the AR620. There’s a huge tone, also helped with the mahogany body which provides extra warmth.

As we’ve mentioned, the three-piece neck is excellent to play with and it also gives superior rigidity for additional clarity and sustain.

PROS:
  • Classy design – just wonderful
  • So versatile, with Tri-Sound switches and pickup selectors
  • The neck is comfortable and a joy to play
  • It comes with its own hard-shell case as standard

CONS:
  • High gloss finish on the black version will attract lots of fingermarks.

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