The return of a legend—the Artist is back! Anyone who knows their guitar history will tell you: Ibanez spent much of the 1970’s in the role of the prodigious student—building copies of the classics that ultimately exceeded the quality of the originals. They’d proven themselves quite capable, but would they ever make their own distinctive contribution to the guitar pantheon? The Artist was the first original Ibanez design to prove Ibanez was hell-bent on standing shoulder to shoulder with the industry’s giants.
Like the classics of yesteryear, the AR720FM’s Mahogany body features the first-of-its-kind symmetrical double-cutaway and Abalone body binding that gracefully outlines its exquisite flamed Maple top. Arguably, it is the biggest leap forward Ibanez made 40 years ago that will be most appreciated by today’s player: the Tri-Sound switching system—a unique pickup configuration control that pack this axe with a rich tonal palette.
No matter what the setting, the 720’s Super 80 “Flying Finger” pickups deliver smooth, warm, vintage sound that make this Artist a must for fans of classic rock tone. The 3-piece Maple set-in neck features old school Pearl/ Abalone block inlays, and is expertly joined to the body, finished with a baby-smooth heel. The AR720FM is the true path back to one of rock’s most dynamic chapters. Hard shell case included.