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This example from the ever-expanding Artcore range is among the best-looking slimline semis we’ve seen for a while, especially at this lower end of the market.
Not only does the Neo Western finish here include a black sparkle base, it’s overlaid by a decal of swirling gunmetal grey pinstripes. It’s perfectly applied and, as we’ve suggested, makes for a very pretty guitar: so much so that we were sorely tempted to remove the scratchplate.
Accoutrements such as the cool fingerboard inlays and the design included on the plate of the Ibanez version of the B70 vibrato complete the rather attractive picture. To assist with tuning stability the bridge - floating on a rosewood base - is loaded with roller saddles to allow, in theory, a smooth string movement back and forth.
However, we should report than the vibrato’s arm is extremely stiff and does tend to get frustratingly stuck almost a semitone out of whack: very annoying. Loaded with two ACH humbuckers, the four-knob panel is complemented by a three-way toggle sited in the same area.