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I went the other direction with my Artstar AF-120 - traded it for a PA. It was a fantastic guitar but I'm not really a thinline neck kinda guy. Have thought about replacing it with an Artcore if I could find one with a beefier neck - those things jump way out of their designation as budget archtops IMO. Congrats on a sweet deal on a real player's guitar.
My 9/11 Tribute Song: https://vimeo.com/49284582
The 9/11 Wall of Shame (caught stepping in it):
Those are definitely awesome. I had an Af75 and I really dug the stock pickups, but I hated the sunburst finish, sold it and got the thinner bodied afs75t in blue. Same pickups, but the lack of depth changes the tone and I'm not as happy with them. Might put in some GFS nashvilles at some point, when I'm more confident about changing hardware in a hollowbody.
BTW, Steadfastly, you might wanna look into a Glen Burton hollowbody. They're the same price, actually pretty damn good, and they've got a chunky neck. I had a Chicago model and it was really sturdy, thicker wood than the Ibanez I think. But it sounded almost like a semi-hollow, it was so thick. Maybe they're other hollowbodies have a richer tone. The Manhattan seems really jazzy.