I’ve owned this AG 85 for over 10 years now and it’s been my “go to” instrument for most of that time. The woodwork and finish work is excellent as most Chinese guitars. The hardware and electronics is where they are lacking.

It was refretted in 2018 with medium jumbo frets.

 

 

I play a lot of Jazz and “Old School Blues” so, it’s been setup with 12’s for years and it plays like a dream; tone for days!

Specifications

Owner:
Guitarmickey

Brand:
Ibanez

Instrument type:
Electric Guitar

Series:
Other

Model:
AG 85

Original factory condition:
No

Year of manufacture:
1997-1999

Neck type:
Set Neck

Neck material:
Maple/Mahogany/Maple

Nut:
Bone

Fretboard:
Rosewood

Number of frets:
22

Finish:
Cherry

Pickups:
GFS Bigmouth

Knobs:
aftermarke t: Aftermarket

Hardware color:
Chrome

Modifications:
I’ve replaced the tailpiece with a finger style tailpiece to help get rid of the harmonics behind the bridge that are usually generated by trapeze tailpieces. The bridge was changed to a uncompensated rosewood bridge. The tuners were replaced with Grover Super Rotomatics with stair step buttons.

The guitar has been completely rewired with vintage style shielded wire, a 70’s NOS Switchcraft toggle, 500k ohm CTS pots for master volume and tone controls and 1meg Alpha pots for individual pickup volume controls (Gibson style top hat knobs). It also has two GFS Bigmouth pickups that have a vintage sound somewhere between a Gibson humbucker and a Gretsch Filteron. (9.5 K Bridge/8.0 K Neck)