Ibanez, known for the BTB and Soundgear line of basses has done it yet again with the Artcore series. The Ibanez Artcore AGB 205 5 String Semi-hollow Body Bass is a work of art and sounds great. Constructed of body material made of maple, with a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard, the wide array of tones, from warm and round to bright tonal capabilities with everything in between makes this bass a real workhorse.
What makes this bass look and sound so great, aside from the single cutaway maple body is the hardware. Presented stock with tow ACHB humbucking pickups with a pickup selector switch that gives three choices of pickup selection between neck pickup, bridge pickup, and both pickups engaged at the same time. Only one volume and one tone are present, and thatâ€™s all that is needed. The hardware for the bridge is an Artcore custom 5 string bridge made of brass. with 15mm string spacing.
The neck, as mentioned before, is constructed of mahogany with a bound rosewood fretboard complete with pearl dot inlays and 22 frets. Road testing the bass for some gigs produced a lot of the tones I was looking for in a bass. Using the neck pickup tending to be a favorite as the warm, round tone was really welcomed by the artists I was performing with. The more I played the bass, it made me realize, that out of all the basses I have played, this one produces a certain resonance of sound that I have never gotten from another
bass and should belong in every bass collection.
While the review bass was the Artcore AGB 205 5 String Semi-hollow Body Bass, Ibanez does offer a 4 string model, the AGB200. Check out the Ibanez AGB series basses at a music retailer near you!