Anyone who knows their guitar history will tell you: Ibanez spent much of the 1970s in the role of the prodigious student, building copies that 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 proved Ibanez was serious about standing shoulder to shoulder with industry veterans. Made of mahogany, just like the classics, the AR3212 Artist's symmetrical double-cutaway body style was a first in the production guitar world. But Ibanez's biggest leap forward will continue to be appreciated by today's player: the tri-sound switching system, a unique configuration that opens up the number of pickup/tone possibilities.
But no matter what the setting, the Super 58s pack this axe with rich tonal palette. Gorgeous old school pearl/abalone block inlays make for a path back to one of rock's most dynamic chapters.