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    I did not plan on buying a new guitar, nor did I really need one, but stumbling across an Ibanez AF55 advertised for $280 at Bax Shop plus having a voucher for a 10% discount made me give in..... I just was too curious to see what you would get.

    So I went against all my principles and ordered it online unseen. I figured they have a good return policy so why not.

    The excuse was to have a platform for experimenting: my parts drawer is filling up and I wanted to see if I can upgrade this guitar with some nice hardware and see how it turns out

    It arrived yesterday:


    (Note that the ABR bridge is already changed out for an ebony one in this picture)

    First impressions:
    An absolutely stunning looking guitar. Flawless finish, I could only spot a minor flaw where the finish rubbed onto the binding a lilttle bit. I have never seen a cheap mass product with such a flawless finish. Eat your heart out Gibson.....

    Out of the box it played already very well, they went through the trouble of actually giving it a proper set up! It was set up with heavier roundwounds, 0.011s or 0.012s I think. Intonation was spot on and the top nut was cut at the right depth. Very impressive for this price.

    The sound was not quite to my liking though: pickups are very hot. The overall sound was not bad, but kind of meh. A bit clanky and over-blown.

    So: away with the roundwounds, on goes a set of 0.013 TI flatwounds. Off comes the ABR tunamatic and on goes an ebony wood bridge. Pickups are lowered at least 1/4 inch. Trussrod is tightened (it had no tension at all to my surprise, but still the action was pretty low). Nice detail, trussrod cover can be opened without unscrewing it, and gives instant access to the trussrod:



    I always set my necks almost straight with very little relief and a pretty low action.

    Ebony bridge:


    Second impression:
    Wow, just wow.... this sounds like a jazz guitar, plays like butter and looks very good to me. It even has “thunk”!

    But of course I can’t just leave it at that, next phase will be the electronics. Now that the pickups are lowered, they sound a lot better, but they are rather dark and lack ‘openess’ to my ears. One thing to consider is that the neck is 20 frets and the neck pickup sits right at the fretboard, so this differs from a standard ES-175 or ES-335 where the pickups sits closer towards the bridge, more where the 24th fret would be. Also the P90 of my ES-125 sits about in that position. So the neck pickup of the AF55 picks up the sound from a different part of the strings and will therefore by definition sound a bit darker and rounder as the same pickup on an ES-175 for example.

    I have several nice pickups laying around:
    - a Gibson patent nr bucker with chrome cover (late 70ies or early 80ies)
    - an SD 59 classic
    - an SD Antiquity P90
    - a Lollar underwound 50ies P90



    I think I will first go for the buckers:



    Let’s see if this guitar turns out to be serious competition for my ES-333 and ES-125! So far I am very, very impressed.

    To be continued!
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    Glad to read that it turned out to be a worthwhile basis for some tinkering. That sounds like you have some fun ahead of you - looking forward to your proceedings!
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    Thanks for posting.

    I am very curious about your general feelings about the Neck Pickup at the 20th Fret ..

    I am thinking about ( but can not find one to Play ) a Korean 25.5" Scale semi with a 20 fret Neck kind of like a Long Scale 335 from Prestige Canada.

    I am also looking at the Jazz Hawk which DOES have the Pickup at the same position as a 175 and it sounds great on the Fat Jazz Hawk but thinking on the Thinline Version ..if it's not expensive to have them move the Neck PU to the Fingerboard.

    A nicer sound requiring less or no Rolloff on the Tone knob perhaps ?

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    Yes it’s a very fun project and very promising. I will report back after the pickup swap. Might not be this weekend since I have gigs to play, so hopefully next week!

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    I’m planning on doing some recordings as well.

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    Thanks Jay...Looking forward to it.

    Also any observations you have on pickup location
    right near 20th fret versus ES 175 location will be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robertkoa View Post
    Thanks Jay...Looking forward to it.

    Also any observations you have on pickup location
    right near 20th fret versus ES 175 location will be interesting.
    So far, my impression is that because of the pickup placement it always sounds a bit as if you are picking the notes higher up the neck.

    But I have the impression that the current pickups enhance that effect or even sound like that by themselves, so I’ll answer again after pickup replacement. I’ll keep your question in mind!

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    Great stuff LJ - I've looked at that model with interest myself, so it's good to get some proper insight from a jazz guitarist. If it has a good acoustic resonance, then I have to think it's a great buy with a view to modding and upgrading, and the satin finish and no-frills looks are actually kind of cool also.

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    I choose this one because it has a solid mahogany neck, but obviously it’s not one piece (black overspray hides the head joint and composite heel). But it resonates pretty well. My test is always to give a good tap on the head and feel the vibrations in the neck. The decay of the vibration is shorter than in my ES-125.
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    I tested one in a shop and I thought the same: with a pickup swap it would be a nice axe. Finally I bought a AKJ95 (always wanted a florentine) and changed stock ones to humbucker sized P90s. Now we are in love...
    Same lick, different day

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    It looks like you are going to get your money's worth in fun alone! Just a suggestion re: pup placement - you might try flipping the neck pup assembly 180 degrees so that the adjustable pole pieces are closer to that imaginary 24th fret node. Lower the body of the pup and raise the polepieces substantially. This may well give you a "sweeter and cleaner tone with no loss of highs" to quote Bill Lawrence. A little twiddling of the tone knobs in the signal chain wouldn't hurt. My guess is you can make it sound mighty fine with the stock units, and even better with any of your fine spares. Congratulations, and have a modding blast in good health!
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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74 View Post
    Just a suggestion re: pup placement - you might try flipping the neck pup assembly 180 degrees so that the adjustable pole pieces are closer to that imaginary 24th fret node. Lower the body of the pup and raise the polepieces substantially. this may well give you a "sweeter and cleaner tone with no loss of highs" to quote Bill Lawrence.
    That was my plan! Good to see my thinking confirmed! I will do just that. I think I will put the patent number humbucker in the neck position. That one was installed in my ES-125 when I got it and sounded pretty darn good in there. I will definitely try the polepieces also.

    Yes, it is a fun project indeed!

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    It all looks like fun to me.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay View Post
    I choose this one because it has a solid mahogany neck, but obviously it’s not one piece (black overspray hides the head joint and composite heel). But it resonates pretty good. My test is always to give a good tap on the head and feel the vibrations in the neck. The decay of the vibration is shorter than in my ES-125.
    Does sound like it's a goer - got me thinking if I can justify getting one myself - if honest don't need one at all, but you know how it is. Like your thinking re the mahogany neck too, and looking forward to seeing what you finish with once modded, and the gig reports.

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    The reviews I read on the AF55 are mostly positive, but some mention bad tuners, but I can't find anything wrong with mine. I expected to have to widen the string slots in the nut, but it accepted the 13s without any problem.

    Played acoustically it sounds pretty good! With quite a bit of volume too.

    Mine is made in Indonesia according to the label. I don't know if Ibanez has the same model made in China as well and if they differ (although I am pretty impressed with what comes out of China nowadays).

    It does have this slight 'modern' or new sound acoustically that All my new guitars have. All my older guitars sound deeper and sweeter (I am talking laminates, I have no solid top archtops). Maybe the Ibanez will age like that too, only time will tell).

    Still very impressed!

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    Hey El Jay, nice turnaround.

    Nowadays mass produced guitars fit and finish make for great modding platforms without too much investment.

    Yes, strumming the guitar to feel if it vibrates through the neck and body is a great way to instantly know whether you have a diamond in the rough or a dud. Mahogany and its derivatives should resonate and with time 'open up'. Modern poly lacquer can stop this as it traps moisture in the wood. But a good piece of wood will always be a good piece of wood.

    A lot of people bemoan tweaking of cheapo instruments as they (rightly) say its a loss of money as you never get back the investment when you sell on the guitar, but I disagree with that sentiment.
    Y'see if one has the nous to change out the pickups you can always swap 'em back when you sell on the guitar, heck, I've a pickup that's been in three different guitars!

    The enjoyment of learning new practical skills is worth the admission price alone...

    But most of all having a guitar that plays exquisitely to one's touch and sounds flawless to one's ears is priceless. To get something like that made for you or to be mass produced to very fine tolerances will cost a fair amount of coin.
    All my trips to music shops for a quick twang and im comparing everything to my tweaked guitars. I always come away underwhelmed 99% of the time.

    I've just installed a roller bridge on me Squier JM Jazzmaster. It was fiddly coz all roller bridges are 12"radius but the guitar fretboard is 9.5". With miniature shims, pissing about with intonation using Allen keys to lock down the saddles and then having micro movements of Allen screws to lock the bridge to the body bolts I now have a trem system that can dive bomb and return to pitch with flatwounds! Har har har. It took me the best part of 2 hours to fiddle in the intonation at the 12th and 19th fret but it's within 4 cents overall and I'm dead chuffed.

    So best advice to all is teach yourself fret levelling and nut making and you'll reap rewards with cheapo hacks and proper dogs.....
    “When a wise man points at the moon the fool considers the finger.”

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    Empty house this Sunday afternoon, so the perfect opportunity to work on the Ibanez....

    I buffed out the finish to a semi gloss. Took some elbow grease, but went fairly easy. Looks much better I think!



    While removing the electronics, I took some pics from the inside:







    First a little break, then on with installing better pickups.

    To be continued.....

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    Fine photos and thanks for sharing this project. The top seems composed of layers of different thickness, 3 thin 2 thick. I thought such plates were just layers of ply, with different grain orientation but otherwise identical.

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    This is a very smart project. I worked for Ibanez and I came to look at their guitars as very good to amazing instruments that had cost cutting "features" built in to make them marketable. Heh, they were "kits" that made great serious instruments with love and a little work. At the heart of most of them, was the makings of a really good professional workhorse. I bought a number of jazz boxes there and did what you've done, and each and every case, wound up with a totally inspiring and comfortable instrument I could play anything on. It was the bridge, pickups, sometimes tuner or tailpiece to wood that I switched out as a matter of course. What I then had was a professional instrument I'd pass on to friends who lived with instruments they'd lived with, many worth a lot more, and they thanked me for their guitar upgrade.
    There are collectors and collectable guitars. ' and then there are players and hard use instruments, some that can outplay a collectable, with the right mods.
    I will say that Chinese guitars got radically better over time, but watch out for the woods on the Indonesian ones, especially in regards to pickup set screws; they are made of cheaper softer wood and screws go through that wood like a drill. Maybe they've gotten better, but I learned that if it's not immediately visible, it's fair game for cost cutting. Wood plies are no exception.

    Nice job on the finish buff! I know an instrument I've worked on has a special bond with me. Make good music!

    David

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    Budget Ibbys represent great values, to my ears and fingers. Even with all the corner-cutting they must do to deliver on budget, they stay focused on the non-negotiables -- playability, and accurate intonation.

    Enjoy your project and make 'er sing, brotha.

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    Had a chance to play one of these over the holiday at the local GC, and I must say that I was impressed by it. If I didn't need the snowblower Sears had on sale more...lol

    That buffed out nice. Looks much better. Well done!


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    Teaser! This is what she looks like now:



    For sounds you have to wait. I’m off now to jam. Tomorrow I work and have a gig at night, so no time for recordings. Wednesday, gentlepeople!
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    I like how you reconfigured the controls. Looks great.
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    Looks fabulous, excellent work. Neck pickup the wrong way round? or deliberate? Not that it matters. forgive me mentioning it, just curious.

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    As a former owner of a model in the Expressionist range, which I thought was a bit overrated, I'm very curious to know how that experiment turned out. Assuming the basic build and materials are the same, and the electronics and the hardware are going to need to be changed anyway, it's possible that the basic models represent a much better deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meggy View Post
    Looks fabulous, excellent work. Neck pickup the wrong way round? or deliberate? Not that it matters. forgive me mentioning it, just curious.
    Yes, on purpose. The reasoning behind is that the pole pieces now sit in the same position as where normally that coil would sit, since on the Ibanez the pickup sits closer to the neck. Not sure if it works though Ibanez AF55

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    A bit of a spoiler maybe, but I think she sounds great. Different from my ES-333 and ES-125, but a very nice and round sound. The sound has a somewhat ‘light’ and ‘airy’ quality to it, I think because the woods used in the ply are young and probably not so dense in terms of growth rings. But especially the Gibson patent number bucker sounds very good on it. I can’t get a shrill or harsh note out of her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian B View Post
    I like how you reconfigured the controls. Looks great.
    Thanks, yes this looks and feels more familiar to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay View Post
    Yes, on purpose. The reasoning behind is that the pole pieces now sit in the same position as where normally that coil would sit, since on the Ibanez the pickup sits closer to the neck. Not sure if it works though Ibanez AF55
    Worth a try, all the same! I'd actually be interested to try a 20 fret archtop with the pickup right up against the fingerboard - never had such a guitar, and never played one either - maybe I'd find the tone a bit too mellow, but it might be good. There is the Gibson L5 as a noble example, after all - Wes seemed to get quite a nice tone with those...

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    Neat work!

    You obviously know what you're doing but for a quick and dirty pickup change like this I'd be tempted to just cut the wire close to the old pickup and solder the new one outside the body without messing with the pots.

    You wouldn't want to do this with a pickup you really wanted to keep of course.

    Just curious if anyone here has taken this shortcut before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff View Post
    Neat work!

    You obviously know what you're doing but for a quick and dirty pickup change like this I'd be tempted to just cut the wire close to the old pickup and solder the new one outside the body without messing with the pots.

    You wouldn't want to do this with a pickup you really wanted to keep of course.

    Just curious if anyone here has taken this shortcut before.
    I did this the last time I changed pickups on my semi-acoustic - actually, sort of bizarre, but I installed a new wiring harness and fed wires from that through to the pickup cavities, then wired the new pickups to the ends. It was still easier to do this than it would have been to fit the pickups, feed the wires from them through and out the f-hole, then solder to the harness, and feed the whole lot back in through the f-hole and maneuver into place. And if I ever change the pickups in the future, that will be dead simple and quick to do. I've since done the same thing with another 2 humbucker guitar, even though that does have a control cavity with a removable cover - it's just simpler to do somehow, and makes trying different pickups a lot easier. I guess not a "proper" thing to do, but it works fine, and I'm not feeling at all guilty...

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    When I installed new pickups in my Epiphone Sheraton II, I took out only the volume pots thru the f-hole and soldered the new pickups in the place of the old ones. I didn't take the rest of the harness out (but I did some time later when I again changed those pickups :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay View Post


    I took some pics from the inside:






    Was taking pictures of the inside a matter of poking the smartphone into the pickup hole or is there more complex hardware involved? Great pix!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guido5 View Post
    Was taking pictures of the inside a matter of poking the smartphone into the pickup hole or is there more complex hardware involved? Great pix!
    Just sticking the phone inside! Modern phone-cameras are pretty amazing...

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    As promised: sounds!

    Please ignore the black rings under my eyes as last night’s gig became late.... for that reason also forgive the occasional slip of the finger.... :-(

    Acoustic (recorded with a Nady condenser):



    And amplified, recorded thru my Blues Deluxe with a Sennheiser e609:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay View Post
    Just sticking the phone inside! Modern phone-cameras are pretty amazing...
    Cool I'll have to try it!

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    Sounds wonderful! Lovely playing for a morning too...

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    Thanks guido5!

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    Looks and sounds great. Nice project...great playing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont View Post
    Looks and sounds great. Nice project...great playing!
    Thanks mr. beaumont!

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    Great job playing! The amplified sound is definitely full. Also, the axe looks really good (nicely done). I think you may have started a few of us on a new project!
    Chuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by es34569 View Post
    Great job playing! The amplified sound is definitely full. Also, the axe looks really good (nicely done). I think you may have started a few of us on a new project!
    Chuck
    Thanks! Haha, mission accomplished then! (Now I have to collect my bonus from Ibanez ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay View Post
    As promised: sounds!

    Please ignore the black rings under my eyes as last night’s gig became late.... for that reason also forgive the occasional slip of the finger.... :-(

    Acoustic (recorded with a Nady condenser):



    And amplified, recorded thru my Blues Deluxe with a Sennheiser e609:

    Sounds beautiful! And it looks great! I've done some things on my Ibanez AFJ 81 which I got used for 300€ and I really wish mine had the simple inlays on the fretboard like your guitar has. I am not really a fan of block inlays, but that's just me.
    Great Job!

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    You've done a great job there, Jay - that cheapo guitar sure looks and sounds like a much more costly instrument - was worth all the effort you put in. Enjoyed your playing, too.
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    Great job on the guitar and the tunes! I have the same model Ibanez and I like what you've done to yours. Where did you source the ebony bridge and was it an easy swap? What did you use and what's the technique for buffing the finish?

    Thanks for any help!

    Jonathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by jschiele View Post
    Great job on the guitar and the tunes! I have the same model Ibanez and I like what you've done to yours. Where did you source the ebony bridge and was it an easy swap? What did you use and what's the technique for buffing the finish?

    Thanks for any help!

    Jonathan
    Hi Jonathan, I had the ebony bridge laying around. I don't remember where I got it, but looks like a Göldo one, that you can get at Thomann.de for example. But any nice wood bridge would do I suppose (I usually prefer rosewood). The swap was very easy: just loosen the strings, put it alongside the old bridge (make sure it's lower than the old one), take away the old one and slide it in position (you might have to intonate a little) and raise it to the preferred height.

    For the polishing I used car polish and a cloth and a lot of elbow-grease :-) Just follow the instructions on the polishing product and you'll be fine. I like the new look a lot, so for me it was worth the effort! But of course it yields nothing in terms of sound. But I also polished the back of the neck and for me that feels a lot better.

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    Nice work, Jay! It looks great, the acoustic sound is crisp and balanced (perfect for lo-vol practice); the amplified sound is velvety and defined - just amazing! Kudos!
    Best regards, k

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74 View Post
    Nice work, Jay! It looks great, the acoustic sound is crisp and balanced (perfect for lo-vol practice); the amplified sound is velvety and defined - just amazing! Kudos!
    Thanks K!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMMO View Post
    You've done a great job there, Jay - that cheapo guitar sure looks and sounds like a much more costly instrument - was worth all the effort you put in. Enjoyed your playing, too.
    Thanks Tommo!

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    i just bought an AF-75 i am planning on doing something similar to.

    had the AF-55 for a bit - GREAT sounding guitars!!!

    fantastic thread - thanks for sharing.


    especially the pic, taking that to my tech if you don't mind.

    still looking for a set of PAFs.



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