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Ibanez AFJ957 - Artcore Expressionist, Vintage Reviews

3.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • Richard Everhardt
    from Toledo, OH July 2, 2013Music Background:
    Professional Musician

    An excellent value!

    The guitar arrived set-up and ready to play. The intonation was great - no adjustments needed. The pick-ups are responsive through a large number of amps. This is a very good guitar for the jazz player who wants to get started on the 7-String

  • Jim
    from United States April 28, 2014Music Background:

    Sweet guitar

    I'll need to tinker with the setup, I'd like lighter strings. A tune-o-matic bridge would have been a nice touch, but so far I haven't seen a "need" for it. Other than that, I doubt you'll find a nicer 7-string at this price. Get a case for it, I didn't and wound up buying one afterwards. You'll want one.

  • Customer
    from September 11, 2013Music Background:

    Ibanez AFJ957

    This is a quality instrument for the price point. The action and intonation needed to be done when it arrived but other than that a good guitar.

  • Michael A. Burkett
    from Lexington, SC February 8, 2016Music Background:
    Professional for 20+ years.


    I purchased this guitar in 2013 after having owned many Ibanez guitars. Shortly thereafter, the wooden tailpiece that the strings hook into broke away from its metal hinge that attaches it to the body. Turns out the wooden part of the tailpiece is only attached to the metal with two 1/4" screws. The tension of the strings ripped the screws out of the wood causing the tailpiece to separate from the body rendering the guitar useless. After calling Sweetwater support they didn't have any solution for me. I replaced the two screws and filled the previous holes with epoxy following up with pre drilling for new holes and fixing the problem. Here I am a year later and the fix didn't take. The tailpiece tore away again rendering this guitar useless... Again. The two screws will never, in my opinion, be able to deal with the tension placed on them by the strings despite the fact that I only have 11's on this guitar. So to wrap up this review, DON'T BUY THIS GUITAR!!! It is flawed on an engineering level from the manufacturer and I wasted $800.

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