Ibanez AR420 (Violin Sunburst)Item ID: AR420VLS
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Flame Maple Top, 3-pc Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, and 2 x Humbucking Pickups - Violin Sunburst
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Unique Look, with a Wide Tonal RangeIt's a good thing the Ibanez AR420 solidbody electric guitar has a unique look, otherwise you might make assumptions about how it plays and sounds. Part of Ibanez's Artist Series, the AR420 has a feel and playability that will appeal to a wide range of players of all types, and the versatile tone combined with quality construction and tonewoods add up to a value-packed guitar. You get rich tone, sustain, and a classy look from a mahogany body topped with maple, while two Super 58 Custom humbuckers with Tri-sound electronics give the Ibanez AR420 undeniable tonal tenacity.
Ibanez AR420 Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
Rich, vintage tone from mahogany and flame maple
The arched flame maple top on the AR420 looks beautiful, and with the gold hardware it puts out a classy vibe. But it also enhances the rich tonality and sustain of the mahogany body, for a powerful sound that can sound warm and soulful, or aggressive and biting, when you match it up with the appropriate amplifier.
Sonic flexibility from Tri-sound electronics
Each of the Super 58 Custom humbuckers on the AR420 has a Tri-sound switch, which lets you choose between series, parallel, and coil-tap operation. There's a lot of tonal territory to cover here, and you'll love exploring how each configuration sounds through your favorite amplifier.
Three-piece neck is ultra-rigid for exceptional performance
Multi-ply necks are ultra-rigid, which means they help transmit string energy to your guitar's body faster and better. So the three-piece maple neck on the AR420 adds clarity and detail to your performance, which balances nicely with the richness and depth of mahogany and maple.
Ibanez AR420 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
Great looks and unlimited tones abound from the Ibanez AR420!
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Wyndell, Mckinney, TX
Reviewsbased on 8 reviews
AMAZING QUALITY AND VERSATILITY!!!
by Mark Attaway from Abingdon, VAFirst of all, I would like to thank my salesman, Ben Robinson and the fine people at Sweetwater, for an awesome customer service experience! If all companies would emulate Sweetwater's philosophy on c... read more [+]ustomer service, than this world would be a lot better place. I remember thinking to myself that this must be some kind of joke. This type of customer service does not exist. I was definitely wrong. It truly exists, in so many ways, at Sweetwater! I have tried the OTHER online music store and they cannot even come close to my experience here! Sweetwater, you have a customer for life! The guitar arrived completely set up and in flawless condition, thanks to their awesome, 55 point inspection process! Now, let's talk about the guitar. I ordered the Ibanez AR420 in the violin sunburst finish and I have to say that I was blown away! First of all, I can't stop looking at this guitar. The violin sunburst finish on this instrument is absolutely beautiful and the gold hardware is a fantastic touch to an already stellar guitar. Secondly, when I plugged this thing in and started tweaking with my Marshall MG15CFX and all of the different tonal varieties that this guitar offers, I was amazed! You can hear all kinds of tones from blues to jazz to classic rock! You have 3 different tone selectors for each humbucker and you can mix and match. The versatility of this guitar is unlike any guitar that I have ever owned. You don't see a lot of people on the internet with this particular guitar. I believe that this a true, hidden gem that people are overlooking. I decided to go out of the box a little and I am glad that I did. Great job, Ibanez, for making such an affordable, beautiful, and awesome instrument! Again, thank you, Sweetwater for a stress-free buying experience! close [-]
May 14, 2013
Music Background: Church musician and hobbyist
Great Guitar At Any Price
by James Moody from Southern CaliforniaIíve been looking for a ďworkĒ guitar to replace my 1965 Gibson ES-335; itís too old and valuable to haul around to gigs on a daily basis. I played everything on the market; Gibson, PRS, Fender, Carvi... read more [+]n; I just didnít like the feel of anything I was trying. I budgeted in the $3,000 range.
April 22, 2013
Music Background: Professional Musician
I finally decided to look at Ibanez. On their web site I saw the AR420 and it looked perfect but I knew it would be 50/50, at best, to be a ďkeeperĒ. But I just had to try it.
One user review I read said the guitar had poor quality control. The guy had returned two of them to finally get one that wasnít broken in some way.
Sweetwater inspects all their instruments before shipping them so essentially they perform the hands-on QC process that Ibanez apparently skips. The guitar they shipped to me was flawless, beautiful, every bit as nice as a PRS or Gibson at about 1/4 the price!
The quality of materials and the build are great, super clean binding, everythingís just perfect. The neck feels great and it played nice right out of the box. The tone is real sweet and the switching possibilities offer a lot of tone options. I replaced the bridge with a ResoMax NVS. I finally got the set up all dialed in and I have to say, I love this guitar. I even play it at home in favor of the 335.
The three piece neck is solid and the body is comfortably light weight. The only complaint I have about this guitar is that the body is a little too light for the neck; itís off balance and it feels like I have to hold it up and play at the same time. The weight of the neck tends to pull downward. Iím getting used to it though, and you donít notice it if youíre sitting. Iíll try a different strap too.
The bottom line is: This is a great guitar at any price. If it said Gibson on the headstock and the price was $3,000, I would still be very happy with this guitar. But at $649, itís a no brainer. Five stars! close [-]
les paul killer
by patrick from gainesville, flfirst time ordering a guitar without actually holding it....but their excellent website actually showing the guitar makes a big difference when it has a flametop......i dealt with patrick who was beyo... read more [+]nd nice and helpful....seriously, you here about customer service all the time...but this time it was true...they've easily earned my business....as far as the guitar....plalying 25 yrs and having a les paul custom, fender strat and tele...etc....thiss is a fabulous guitar for the money...also have a 2005 ibanez artist ar300....these r my 2 fav guitars maily for the humbucker pickups and les paul scale length 24.75 which makes bending easier...the abalone time is awesome it looks like a $2000 guitar.... close [-]
March 19, 2013
Music Background: semi pro guitar player
Well crafted guitar
by Drew from Staten ISland NYThis is an updated and somewhat more accurate review. Sweetwater should delete my first one.
November 28, 2012
Music Background: Guitar player from the 60's and 70's
I bought the guitar from Sweetwater because I could see the guitar in the gallery, and get thei... read more [+]r 55 pt process, which I consider very important, plus I sincerely trust them. The sell some very expensive guitars and equipment and still spent the time with me, something I appreciated and won me over as a customer. Their answers were also realistic honest and helpful answers.
I have bought many guitars over the years since 1962 most much more expensive than this one, in fact some 4X as much.
The guitar arrived from them in perfect condition. I had it shipped in the Ibanez case I also purchased. The fit and finish and craftsmanship were excellent. The nut was excellent with no binding. Intonation perfect. Beautiful fretwork. No buzzing. It sounded excellent unplugged. It played very well right out of the box (after tuning of course). The guitar feels strong and solid. It looks beautiful. Later I replaced the strings with the favorite I use for Gibson-like guitars, Gibson Vintage Reissue Light gauge Pure Nickel 10-46, same as I did on a new ES-335. These are mellow tone-full strings. Once I had my favorite strings on I could do a valid tone test. Many donít realize that the strings, picks and where you pick make a huge difference. I used a Dunlop black Jazz III pick which I like for blues. The guitar sounded great. The Alnico medium output pickups sounded just as I like, similar to Gibson Classic 57s. The Ibanez pickups are very well matched for volume and tone. The neck shape (which I learned about from the Ibanez site and modeled before buying) is quite perfect for this guitar. It is nice and rounded in the back, not with a flat spot as with the 335 I had bought. It is not a super thin Wizard neck like on Ibanez metal guitars; it is appropriate for the guitar. Well I really like it. The switching system, which I really didnít care about when I was buying the guitar turned out to be a great feature. It really can significantly change the tone of the guitar in many good usefully ways. I just was so surprised. Print out the spec sheet from Ibanez for info on how it works.
I tried it out with some of my favorite amp models in my Fender Mustang III amp and it sounded great. My playing tone is mostly in my fingers so I am really hearing the guitar not a bunch of effects masking it.
Bottom line, the guitar is well made, and in my opinion could easily sell for much more. I cannot see how this good of a guitar can sell for this price. It exceeded my expectations. I am 100% satisfied with the guitar as delivered by Sweetwater. I would buy it again, and from them. Actually I think if they came out with yet more finish choices Iíd buy another if I like the color as much as this one. Oh help me if they came out with many new colors! close [-]
My New Favorite
by Jim from New York, USAI immediately thought I was playing a guitar worth over a thousand and bought it within 3 minutes of hearing it through an amp. It has replaced my PRS and my '79 Maple Strat as my favorite guitar. I... read more [+] am not a huge fan of the neck pickup, which I am going to change, but the guitar sounds and feels awesome. I never really liked Ibanez guitars because I didn't hear a "wood" sound from them, until this one. My favorite accident was trying to get a backup humbucker guitar and walking out with this thing. close [-]
April 13, 2013
Music Background: Recording Engineer
Ibanez AR420 (Violin Sunburst)
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