Ibanez AR720-BSQ in Bursted Smoky Quartz

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Elliot Stent

Ibanez may be most renowned for their cutting-edge, metal-orientated guitars, but this long-established brand was founded upon classic, traditional designs like the AR. The AR720-BSQ carries all of the elegant style and class of the originals produced in the 70s and 80s, modernised with improved hardware appointments and tonewood choices to meet today's standards.


The body of the Ibanez AR720-BSQ is formed from Ash, a wood that not only provides a full and mid-focused tone, but also has a light and comfortable weight. This means that if you intend to play long sets night-after-night, this guitar won't put much strain on your back or shoulders, making it a very ergonomic, pick-up-and-play type of instrument.

The Ash body is paired with a 3-piece Maple neck, adding some snappy top-end sizzle to gives riffs and chords better definition. With a set-neck construction, you are provided with amazing sustain and warmth too, making this a versatile instrument with a very balanced sound overall.


The AR720-BSQ features a pair of Ibanez-designed Super 80 "Flying Finger" pickups. With medium outputs, these pickups are ideal for a number of styles, sounding vibrant and clear with clean settings yet saturated and lively with overdrive and high-gain. Volume and Tone controls for each pickup gives you amazing flexiblilty too, meaning you can manipulate your sound to suit most almost any genre.

Here's what Ibanez say about the AR720-BSQ in Bursted Smoky Quartz:

The AR is a classic among Ibanez guitars. It was one of the first original designs produced by Ibanez and continues to be a sought after guitar. The AR series continues that legacy with pride.


Neck type: AR 3pc Maple set-in neck (smooth heel)
Body: Ash body w/Abalone binding
Fretboard: Bound Ebony w/Acrylic & Abalone block inlay
Fret: Medium w/Custom fret edge treatment
Bridge: ART-1
Tailpiece: Quik Change Classic
Neck pickup: Super 80 "Flying Finger" (H) (Passive/Ceramic)
Bridge pickup: Super 80 "Flying Finger" (H) (Passive/Ceramic)
Factory tuning: 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
String gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
Nut: Bone nut
Hardware colour: Gold

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