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Ibanez 5-String Hollowbody

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassist4dalord, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Just saw this on Musician's Friend. All I can say is instant GAS. Sure, the string spacing looks pretty narrow (I'd guess 16mm or 15mm), but the idea of this bass is very cool to me. :hyper:



    Not sure why it's called the AFB205 when it looks more like the AGB200; AGB205 might make more sense. Nothing about it on Ibanez website yet, which I find odd. must be a NAMM thing.

    Would you rock one??
  2. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    I would absolutely rock one. I've always lusted after a Lakland Hollowbody, but as a 5-string player, it never made sense to pursue one. This is cool.
  3. OOOOOH!!!!! Finally somebody thought it the right way!!!!!


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Wow man that looks pretty cool. I wonder how the low B sounds.
  5. +1,000. Holy crud. I am really really really close to unbelting for this thing NOW.

    (But the neck dive factor scares me)
  6. StevieMac

    StevieMac Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Wow, that’s definitely a bass I’d be interested in. Looking forward to hearing some review and sound clips.
  7. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Hmmm cool beans. I'm guessing that's gotta be a long scale, right?
  8. I would assume so. Ibanez has the Mikro 28" 5er, so I might guess that this would be 32", if not 34". If it were 30", I think I might stay away. But, I really like the idea of having hollowbody sound with 5-string practicality.
  9. hotsauce n eggs

    hotsauce n eggs

    Jan 20, 2013
    It looks like a short scale to me, and considering that Ibanez moved from long to short on the artcore basses a few years ago, I would be surprised if they only made this new fiver into a long scale bass. Unless either the AFB or AGB models are getting lengthened again as well.
  10. Going by the large distance from tailpiece to B string tuner post, I'd say it might be possible to fit 34" scale strings to this baby, which is going to greatly reduce one of the biggest problems with short scale basses - the lack of suitable strings.
  11. BobWestbrook

    BobWestbrook Mr.

    Mar 13, 2006
    Philly suburb
    Looks great, but very odd there is no description or details on any music store websites which have this listed for sale.
  12. Mikio


    Feb 21, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    I almost buy the 4 string version years ago, but the quality was too bad =/ I doubt this will be different
  13. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    Dammit. And just when my GAS had subsided.

    I have the solid body artcore short scale bass and it's really sweet. The hollowbodies are really nice and I've just never gotten around to picking one up. The 5er makes it almost a NEED to buy.
  14. would you please elaborate that?
  15. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    Whoa, 15mm spacing and a 30.3" scale...maybe I need to play one before I buy, I suppose it could work if it's done right.
  16. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    damn! Short scale.
  17. Does your solid body Artcore have the plastic tuner knobs? Going by my experience with an AFB200, they can be broken way too easily.
  18. Mikio


    Feb 21, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    The wood felt too week, like it'd break (both body and neck), same for the hardware (safe for the bridge perhaps). The pickups aren't too good, kind of weak and don't really have much versatility, really hard to get different sounds, even when soloing the pickups. The knobs felt cheap too, the whole bass feels cheap, that's the thing
  19. DeMayunn


    Dec 12, 2012
    I guess they call it the AFB because its an Awesome F-Bomb.

    'Cuz it has F-Holes geddit? :bag: