Review of the Ibanez AGB200 Bass
Ibanez Bass AGB200
This is a personal review of this fantastic bass guitar, and not a technical evaluation.
Despite , making a living as a bass player in the 70’s I’ve not owned a bass guitar since 1980 when I traded in my Ovation Magnum I in for a keyboard; big mistake it was the best bass ever.
Artcore Series Guitars
This is my second Ibanez guitar from its Artcore Series, and I can really recommend them as a friendly instrument to play. I opted for the transparent brown version, there is a version which is violin sunburst, you pay your money and make your choice.
I like the semi-acoustic bodies of this series of guitars, it certainly affects the sound giving it more sustain and an extra something not obtainable with a solid bodied guitar.
One attraction is that they are very affordable and will not break the bank.
The machine heads are very accurate ideal for fine tuning.
Ibanez Guitars A little History
The Hoshino Gakki company began in 1908 as the musical instrument sales division of the Hoshino Shoten, a bookstore company. The Ibanez brand name dates back to 1929 when Hoshino Gakki began importing Salvador Ibañez é Hijos guitars from Spain.
The company began making acoustic guitars in 1935, at first they used the brand name "Ibanez Salvador" but then shortened it to just Ibanez.
They were always known for their eccentric designs and during the 50’s and 60’s they had an extensive catalogue of desins.
Frank Zappa’s guitarist Stevie Vai was one of their main advocates with the introduction of the Jem models.
Originally all the guitars were built in Japan but since the 1980’s they have been built in various countries.
Sexy and sleeky neck
The neck has a sexy sleeky feel to it and is very comfortable to play and although down the nut end the frets seem a bit of a stretch these days most of it is very playable. The action is comfortably low so that you can move through a scale with ease and speed.
The pickups give a really wide sound variation when used singularly or a subtle tone when used together. You can even get a really good slap sound from them. The neck pickup gives a mellow bass which is so good for backing jazz, blues, country, and it can be switched to a sharper sound for lead work by changing pickups.
The bridge pickup has a really nice bright sound with bags of tone control from the single tone controller.
Ibanez bass quick change bridge
- Neck type: 3pc Artcore Bass Mahogany/Maple neck
- Body: Maple top/back/sides
- Frets: Medium frets
- Bridge: Gibraltar III bass bridge (19mm string spacing)
- Tailpiece: Quik Change III bass tailpiece
- Neck pickup: ACHB-2 neck
- Bridge pickup: ACHB-2 bridge
- Strings: D'Addario® strings
- Scale: 770mm/30.3"
- Width at Nut: 42mm
- Thickness at 1st fret: 21.5mm
- Thickness at 12th fret: 25mm
- Radius: 305mm
The strings anchor into a quick change tailpiece which is less messing when having to change the strings.
The guitar is well finished with a great shine to the body and the gold look fittings.
AGB200 Electric Bass features an 30" scale for easy fingering.
The semi-hollow body construction increases sustain and combines with the double humbuckers for an unmistakable "roots rock" sound.
Super-stable Gibraltar III bridge.
Maple top, back and sides.
This is a great guitar for soloing too; the smooth fret action allows it to be played almost like a lead guitar. The great thing is that you don’t need an amp and speakers for practice sessions, saying that I bought mine as a package from Thoman in Germany and part of the deal was a bass combo which is brilliant. Again I can rec omend this little amp for your practice sessions.
Artec- Cubix B2. It is a powerful little combi with bags of extras, 4 presets, normal, slap, crunch, heavy. There is a phones out and an aux in. it also has an active EQ bass, middle, treble and frequency hi-lo. It can also be powered by batteries so it is a take anywhere amp