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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question on finish on new AR250

I just took delivery of a new Artist AR250, and I am struck by how gorgeous the finish is. The flame maple top just seems too good to be true. I realize this is not one of the most popular models, and maybe no-one here is familiar with it. But can anyone tell me if this is just a veneer or photofilm, or if it is a actual carved maple top? Does Ibanez use the photofil finishes on any of it's guitars?

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i was under the impression it's a thin(ish) flame maple cap over mahogany body. no photoflame... glen
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The savings come from the fact it's made in Korea, it is flamed maple, thickness unknown but it's thicker than veneer.
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you can probably estimate the thickness, if you have one in hand... if you cannot see the wood-line on the body edge(hidden by the burst edge) the maple is about 1-2mm thicker than would be needed to have the curved/carved top sitting on an absolutely flat piece of mahogany. i don't have an ar250 or my ar2000 handy to guestimate

either way, great axes ...glen
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Thanks for the replys. I feel better about it now. I don't mind a thin cap, or even veneer for that matter. But I don't know what to expect from a photoflame finish. Since I keep these things for the long haul, I worry what it will look like in a decade or two. But if it is a carved cap on a flat mahogany body I feel good about that.

I just came in from spending about an hour playing this thing and I am really impressed with how good it plays and sounds, besides the gorgeous flamed top. What a cool guitar! I have been wanting a Les Paul style guitar w/ dual cutaways for some time now, and have been watching the old Artists on eBay, but haven't found one I wanted to bid on. Then I found Musicians Friend is selling these for $349.00 (I hope that isn't against the rules, I don't have any interest in Musicians Friend) and I decided to give one a try.

I know it is Korean, but I am really impressed with the fit and finish on this thing. And also with the sound of the pickups, a lot of good harmonic content. It did need a good setup though when I got it. But once done it feels and plays great. And I am not a newbee, I've been playing since '72, and I have a pretty good collection that includes an original '59 Tele, a '62 Strat RI and an ES135 w/ P90's. I think this ones a keeper!
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Not to beat a dead horse, but just so you don't think I was exagerating the beauty of this thing:



You can see more pics here: http://members.dslextreme.com/users/...250.html<br /> most pics will blow up to full screen if you click on them.

Take care guys. Thanks for the info on the maple top.

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