Ibanez Announces the Return of the Affirma Bass

Ibanez Affirma Basses

Ibanez is marking several milestones this year with anniversaries of their flagship models, and now they’re bringing back a part of their past from nearly 30 years ago. The new Affirma series of basses reintroduces the model that started their more unique designs.

“In the early ’90s, Ibanez broke into the high-end boutique bass market with its unique concept of Affirma bass,” the company states. “The compact and lightweight body, designed by Swiss Luthier Rolf Spuler resulted in a bass with an elegant feel enhanced by its beautiful streamline shape. It was created to meet the critical demands of musicians who require a natural sounding, sensitive instrument with wide dynamic range and effortless playability during even the longest performances.”

The series includes two configurations of the bass that each come in four and five-string models. The AFR4FMP and AFR5FMP are each built with a body constructed from maple, walnut, and flamed maple, while the AFR4WAP and AFR5WAP have a solid walnut body. Common features include a three-piece maple neck with graphite reinforcements, an ebony fingerboard with abalone off-set dots at the 12th fret, and 24 frets given a premium fret edge treatment.

Ibanez fits the Affirma series with a Bartolini pickup as well as an AeroSilk piezo system. Its preamp includes a 2-band EQ with an active piezo control. Check out their sound with this demo by Dave Swift:

The Ibanez Affirma Series basses are expected to ship in May with price points of $1,499.99 for the four-string models and $1,599.99 for the five-strings.

Ibanez AFR4FMP Bass Specs:

Strings:4
Construction:Half-Through-Neck
Scale:34″
Body:Maple
Top:Flamed Maple/Walnut
Fretboard:Ebony
Inlay:Abalone Off-Set Dot at 12th Fret
Frets:24 Medium with Premium Fret Edge Treatment
Pickup:Bartolini X44JX, AeroSilk Piezo System
Electronics:Ibanez 2-band EQ w/Piezo Active Tone Control
Bridge:AeroSilk MR5

Ibanez AFR5FMP Bass Specs:

Strings:5
Construction:Half-Through-Neck
Scale:34″
Body:Maple
Top:Flamed Maple/Walnut
Fretboard:Ebony
Inlay:Abalone Off-Set Dot at 12th Fret
Frets:24 Medium with Premium Fret Edge Treatment
Pickup:Bartolini X55JX, AeroSilk Piezo System
Electronics:Ibanez 2-band EQ w/Piezo Active Tone Control
Bridge:AeroSilk MR5

Ibanez AFR4WAP Bass Specs:

Strings:4
Construction:Half-Through-Neck
Scale:34″
Body:Walnut
Fretboard:Ebony
Inlay:Abalone Off-Set Dot at 12th Fret
Frets:24 Medium with Premium Fret Edge Treatment
Pickup:Bartolini X44JX, AeroSilk Piezo System
Electronics:Ibanez 2-band EQ w/Piezo Active Tone Control
Bridge:AeroSilk MR5

Ibanez AFR5WAP Bass Specs:

Strings:5
Construction:Half-Through-Neck
Scale:34″
Body:Walnut
Fretboard:Ebony
Inlay:Abalone Off-Set Dot at 12th Fret
Frets:24 Medium with Premium Fret Edge Treatment
Pickup:Bartolini X55JX, AeroSilk Piezo System
Electronics:Ibanez 2-band EQ w/Piezo Active Tone Control
Bridge:AeroSilk MR5

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