Ibanez AF105 NT
I've owned many guitars and played many more over my 40+ years experience in music. The instrument I own most similar in style to the AF105 is a mahogony '51 Century Spanish Electric made by the Gibson company. I've had the CSE since I was 10 and recently restored it. I've been interested in the Ibanez Artcore series for several years but never needed a jazz guitar to play outside the studio until now. I purchased the AF105 for exactly that purpose.
My standards for tone and playability are high and the AF105 is no disspointment. I use the included rosewood bridge and set the intonation using a digital tuner. The fretboard is rail straight and you can set the action similar to a Gibson Les Paul electric (close). I use D'Addario Flat Wound Chromes 11-50 on all my jazz guitars as they tune well and enhance the natural sound of tonewoods.
I set the height of the pickups for tone using a tube amp. Once I determined the setting, I removed the pickups and replaced the springs with braided fuel line cut to fit. This eliminates any harmonic vibration in the pickups and gives them a solid mount. I set the bridge pickup a little deeper in the body than the one at the neck postion to give the guitar a more acoustic sound when amplified. The guitar has a wide dynamic range for tone adjustment, warm to bright. Not Telecaster bright, but bright for a jazz guitar. Having this much range is kind of the point of having two pickups on a jazz guitar, most are happy with the tone of just one in the neck position. The pickups on the AF105 are powerful and clear.
The AF105 is comfortable to play while sitting. This is the most comfortable guitar I own as I am able to practice with it for hours. The neck is fat like the CSE (not quite as fat) and is D shaped. The neck fits my hand well and I'm able to chord easily in the wide frets near the nut.
I play the AF105 through a Bugera V22 with Sovtek tubes and a custom built 4x12 cabinet. I use the Bugera's internal 12" speaker as well so the sound is full to say the least. I don't play very loud but the 5 speakers fill the room. I find this setup gives the instrument great clarity. The guitar produces harmonics easily and sounds very acoustic. I thought I would have feedback issues since this is a full hollow body but no problems so far. It's effective to hold a chord and crank the volume on the neck pickup, this produces very nice sustain. The guitar has a lot of natural sustain for an acoustic guitar.
The instrument I received from Sweetwater is beautifully built in every detail and has a wonderful finish, I could find no flaw. There are plenty of other good things to say about this model but I think I've said enough. I would buy this instrument again without hesitation.