The first single-cutaway Artist in 30 years, the Ibanez ART2100 Artist guitar is an affordable, old-school-style solidbody with top-of-the-bill features. The contoured mahogany body has a mahogany set... Read More
The first single-cutaway Artist in 30 years, the Ibanez ART2100 Artist guitar is an affordable, old-school-style solidbody with top-of-the-bill features. The contoured mahogany body has a mahogany set neck for excellent resonance. The Artcore ACH1-S and ACH2-S humbuckers filter out interference from electrical sources while using ceramic magnets to pump out all the crunch and sustain you'll need to rock the house. The Gibraltar III tailpiece lets you easily adjust each string for solid intonation. The short 24-2/3" scale makes note bending a breeze on the bound rosewood fretboard with 22 medium frets. The 12th fret has a special ART inlay for a modest touch of flair.
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this guitar is great. its affordable and works great with any amp. i could not put it down the first time i used it. its very light weight and the humbuckers give out...Read complete review
this guitar is great. its affordable and works great with any amp. i could not put it down the first time i used it. its very light weight and the humbuckers give out great tone. even on a clean tone it is phenomenal.recommend this guitar for anyone who wants great quality tone for an affordable price.
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I purchased this guitar in November from my local GC. After playing this guitar for 3 months, I thought I would be able to write an unbiased review. The good: The guitar plays...Read complete review
I purchased this guitar in November from my local GC. After playing this guitar for 3 months, I thought I would be able to write an unbiased review. The good: The guitar plays well. Right out of the box, the set up wasn't too bad. I thought the action was slightly high, but there was no issues with playing at all. The pick ups are pretty decent for stock. Tonal quality is good, and you can get a wide variety of sound from them. Hardware seems good also, minus the tuners. I have no "static" in the knobs, switches, or plug-in. The finish is very nice (I purchased the Transparent Cherry). The back of the body, neck, and head is all black. The bad: I started having tuning issues a few weeks after purchase. After about 20 min of playing, I would have to re-tune the guitar. After a little investigation, I found the 3rd string tuner was slipping. Ibanez states on their paperwork that come with the guitar that tuners are not covered in warranty. I replaced the tuners in about 20 minutes with Grover Midsized Rotomatics which were direct replacements. After about 10 weeks, the plastic stock nut broke off between the 6th string and the edge. This was in warranty, but Ibanez requires their customers to pay for insured shipping for repair. I don't live anywhere close to an authorized service center so.. I found a local and reputable Luthier who did a re-nut with bone for $27. The bone nut did improve what I thought was already a good tone. I might have voided the warranty, but oh well.. The only other issue I think is worth mentioning is that this guitar is neck heavy. I don't mind a heavier guitar, but the balance is a little off and is heavy in the neck. Not too much of a big deal, but if you stand and play, especially if you gig for a few hours, you might take this into consideration. In summation I do like the guitar. I feel that Ibanez could use a little better materials, even if this isn't a high end model. But the guitar is still a keeper and I plan on playing it for years to come.
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I have been read the reviews and was skeptical at first. I own many guitars was looking for another LP that I could drop some JH EMG pickups in. I can't say enough about this guitar! I was a little concerned about what people were saying about the neck since my hands are on the smaller side, but despite the neck being a little chunkier than my Les Paul, the contour of the back is very comfortable. The action was set reasonably low, straight from the factory. The stock pickups are decent, but I absolutely love the JH EMG pickups in this axe(note: pickup rings won't fit EMG because they are slightly smaller than stands 2.75"). The quality of the build can't be beat at this price point.
I have owned this guitar for a little over a year and a half and I still can't put this guitar down. Though I did replace the pickups with Seymour Duncan Hot Rods about a year ago (just to refine my personal sound) the pickups that came with this guitar are in my opinion untouchable at this price range. As far as this being considered a semi-beginner or low end intermediate, NO WAY. This guitar sounds and holds up great compared to much higher priced so called PRO guitars. If you are on the fence about this guitar, I recommend you go and play one at your local Guitar Center and compare it to a much higher priced guitar. I think you will be surprised at how well this sounds compared to the rest. And in this economy, the quality to price ratio is very important to a musicians wallet. Like I said in the subject line of this review, This guitar is my Go To guitar for studio or playing live.
i have owned this guitar for 4 years, and i still love it! This is my 3rd guitar i have owned, and it makes for a great all around instruments. the pickups have a nice tone to them, deep and full (similar to a les paul) and it produces a great sound out of any amp, and it screams out of a tube amp. I have only had one problem with this guitar,just recently which was that a wire connecting the pickups to the 1/4" jack loosened up and snapped( i have no idea how this happend) so i brought it back to the guitar center and they fixed it quickly and efficently. this guitar is great right out of the box, but if your looking for a brighter sound or mabey just dont want to have a full stock item you can replace the pickups and then you can get a very wide range of tones. Pair this up with an OD pedal, and a marshall or orange amp and you have an awesome screaming metal guitar, or replace stock pickups with fender stlye ones, connect it to a blues driver and a fender amp and you have a sweet blues or classic guitar. any styles and any conditions,this guitar will hold up, and this is always gonna be go-to guitar. Great instrument for the price, and i highly reccomend this to any intermediate player looking for that modern heavy tone. buy this,(in transparent cherry, great finish by the way) you wont be upset!
I got an ART100 a few years back as a Christmas gift, and it has given so much more back. I mainly play rock and punk, but I also play jazz, blues and others, and this guitar never faltered. It works with every amp I've ever played, every pedal I've ever overdrived it with, and every drop. It's super durable, the only time it broke was when my guitar strap came loose and the neck cracked. It holds up on stage for all my wild and crazy movements (I'm a very passionate performer) and has withstood everything from spit to beer. A week in the repair shop and good as new once again.
I sold my beloved 1970 Les Paul Custom after playing it for 32 years. Then went looking for something new. Looked at and played over 30 guitars at 2 different shops and nothing jumped out at me. Then I picked up the ART100 in the Cherry color, even though I thought (from the price) that it was a low end guitar. Boy was I wrong! 1st thing I noticed was the weight. Very light, no more Les Paul shoulder. Nice thin neck, low action, great sound. I played for over an hour trying to find something wrong, but couldn't. The finish is flawless, the craftmanship is excellent! I played guitars 3 and 4 times the cost that day and couldn't say the same thing. It went home with me that day. I have small hands and I can reach chords that I couldn't on my Les Paul. Along with my Digitech RP155 there isn't a sound or style I can't reproduce. Excellent instrument and a absolute steel at the price. You can not go wrong with this purchase.
Six months ago, I decided I wanted a more "modern" guitar in my small collection. Having owned several Ibanez products in my lifetime, I was already aware that you get a lot of bang for your buck with Ibanez, and had not been disappointed before. The ART100 is bit of a mixed bag for me, though. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful guitar, plays wonderfully, and the fit and finish on this axe is darned near flawless, but it's tonal qualities leave a lot to be desired. This guitar is advertised as one designed for metal, so to be fair, high gain distortion does sound just fine, but stray into any other genre and this guitar has zero, zilch, nada character whatsoever. That being said, the ART100 seriously lacks versatility. As is, it's pretty much a one trick pony. As an experiment, I swapped out the stock bridge pickup for an inexpensive Stew Mac PAF-ish replacement, and it did indeed sweeten up the clean tone a bit, and gave it a little bit of twang, so this guitar isn't a total lost cause. It seems the only weak spot on this guitar is the pickups, and it really hurts this guitar quite a bit. They just lack soul.
At first I was a little skeptical about the quality of this instrument. I've played a few Ibanez guitars in various music stores, and was never impressed. But then a buddy of mine got this, and I fell in love when I played it for the first time. The neck is fast, pickups sound great, and the sustain is unreal. I can easily compare this to a Gibson Les Paul Classic I've played, and I actually prefer this. It's a must for anyone looking for a great guitar at a killer price!
I've had the white one for a full year now. Got it to make the transition from bass to 6 string. I play rhythm in an industrial metal band so the buckers are great for that sound but I honestly would use this guitar for any genre. I love it. Came almost perfectly setup from factory, just a slight intonation adjustment. I love the fingerboard inlays, really sets it off and makes it look more expensive than it is. I'd buy it again in a heart beat.
I've owned this guitar for a few months now and I have been disappointed about most of its features. CONS: The first one I got the neck was warped so I ordered another and it was better but not perfect. The tuner keys are by far the worst ones I have ever seen (the First Act guitar my nephew own's has better ones on it). The pick ups are muddy and have no character at all, not the worst I've owned but still NOT GOOD. If you are buying the white one just know that it is more of a cream color in person, in the pic online it looks whiter then it really is. The grooves on the bridge don't keep the strings from moving around resulting in a small amount of vibration in the strings but not that big of a deal PROS: It looks great and its not to heavy. The bridge is a bit strange at first glance but is more comfy then a tune o matic bridge. (I would prefer a tune-o-matic) If you want a guitar that you can strip down and make your own then this guitar is a good one to use but for the same price you pay for this you could get much better.
This guitar is an amazing instrument. I get so much sustain with it as a ressult of the single cut design. This is the perfect guitar for any guitarist. I play blues and progressive metal on it and it sounds great. The picture of this does not do the instrument justice. The violin sunburst color is much more beutiful than in the picture. The neck of the guitar is thin so it is great for sliding. If I could rate this guitar 100 out of 5 I would.
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