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Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar  

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The double-cutaway body with sapele top, back, and sides is strong and resonant while the 22-fret set mahogany neck with bound rosewood fretboard is satin-smooth and dishes out sweet sustain. A master... Click To Read More About This Product

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The double-cutaway body with sapele top, back, and sides is strong and resonant while the 22-fret set mahogany neck with bound rosewood fretboard is satin-smooth and dishes out sweet sustain. A master volume and master tone control 2 ACH-ST open-coil humbuckers with ceramic magnets.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Sapele top, back, and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • Two ACH-ST open-coil humbuckers with ceramic magnets
  • Master volume/tone
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Neck Material: Mahogany
    Neck Type: Artcore set-in
    Body: Sapele top/back/sides
    Frets: Large frets
    Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
    Inlay: Pearl dot inlay
    Bridge: ART1 bridge
    NeckPU: ACH-ST
    BridgePU: ACH-ST
    HW Color: CH
    Finishes: TRF, TKF

    Pickups
    Bridge Pickup
    Name: ACH-ST
    Model No: ACH-ST
    Construction: Humbucking
    Magnet: Ceramic
    Description: Clean sounding with a rich harmonics.

    Neck Pickup
    Name: ACH-ST
    Model No: ACH-ST
    Construction: Humbucking
    Magnet: Ceramic
    Description: Clean sounding with a rich harmonics.
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IbanezArtcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Recording (3)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Novice (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible Value

For the money, this is a good guitar as is. With some mods, it is an INCREDIBLE guitar. I would like to give this guitar a five star rating just because it is...Read complete review

For the money, this is a good guitar as is. With some mods, it is an INCREDIBLE guitar. I would like to give this guitar a five star rating just because it is such a great buy, but significant corners were cut in the making, most likely deliberately for the sake of price. This is understandable and expected in the world of mass produced guitars. Most notably, the tuners do not have a quality feel, the pickups are muddy, and whomever decided a flat finish was a good choice for sapele wood should take a closer look at the wood's natural properties and beauty. In my opinion, they used the flat finish as an excuse for not truly finishing the guitar, but instead, giving it a quick spray and sending it on its way. I was actually able to rub the excess clear coat off with the palm of my hand.

Despite these details, this is a fantastic guitar for the price. Structurally, it is a wonderfully built instrument. The set neck feels terrific and plays well. The wood has a deep resonant tone when playing the instrument unplugged. Like mahogany, but a bit more crisp. Set-up from the factory was well done. I love the Ibanez ART bridge and tailpiece. It is very solid, quality hardware. Unplugged, the instrument sounds fantastic. It was this that lead me to invest in some pickups that would bring out the true potential of the guitar.

I settled on the Dimarzio PAF 36th Anniversary for both the bridge and neck and don't think I could have made a better selection for this particular instrument. I also installed push-pull pots with coil split for the bridge and (while I was at it) the neck. The bridge split makes for a nicely defined single coil voice.

Because I wanted to make this instrument look as good as it plays, I opted to have the finish sprayed over with a semi-gloss clear coat which brings out the deep red color and makes the grain of the wood pop, without going overboard. I also installed some tall chrome pickup rings. Despite the lack of a finer finish and opting for some lesser quality components, my thanks to Ibanez for making this instrument and selling it at a low price point. Better to need to upgrade components than not be able to afford the guitar at all.

Where else can you get a sapele wood semi-hollow body, especially for this price? It's a unique offering and now, the most versatile, beautiful instrument I own.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not too bad for the money!

I bought this guitar because I wanted to learn how to make some mods on my own. I found the guitar to be pretty good-over all. The workmanship and finish were all good and...Read complete review

I bought this guitar because I wanted to learn how to make some mods on my own. I found the guitar to be pretty good-over all. The workmanship and finish were all good and the there were no sharp fret ends like you find on most cheap guitars. This a good guitar for anyone whos wants a Jazz/Blues ES335 type body for not a lot of money. Musicians Friend gave me a good discount; and that made it even better. You should always check their website for deals and sales. I plan to change out the pick-ups and the tuners on my own to see if I can make the mods myself. If not I'll give to a pro to make the changes. But in the mean time I changed the strings and it really plays well. I even like the sparse, flat finish-it nice and done well. This is a nice guitar to play around with and you can upgrade later and make it even nicer. With a few updates, this guitar could be a smoker. But it's still great to play just the way it is!...

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Guitar!

By R.J.

from Michigan

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

The guitar is beautifully crafted. I love the rich tones. There is a little fret buzzing, but overall it has a very clean sound when plugged in. This is a great guitar for live performances, practicing, jamming, even for some lo-fi recording. I have no complaint on this guitar given the lower-range cost and high-quality craftsmanship.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best cheap semi hollow

By Studio musician

from Wichita, ks

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    This is probably the best cheap semi hollow you can buy the thin neck profile makes it fantastic to play the Sapele makes it a bit darker sounding than a maple body. The only problem I had with mine was a loose ground wire on the jack input that was easy enough to fix. The pickups need to be changed the neck pickup is kind of muddy and the bridge pickup is a bit harsh on the high end but for $300 you can easily change the pick ups out and have a fantastic guitar for under $500

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    a pretty great find

    By Glenn

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    A great little guitar with a big sound. Seems vey stable meaning setting will hold.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is a great sounding guitar,

    By Crabman

    from FWB Florida

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Easy to Play
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      I've been teaching myself how to play for about two years and I am having a hard time putting this guitar down. I own two Fenders (MIM STRAT HSS) and a Acoustic. I am finding this Ibanez really easy to play and I love the simple electronics. I might upgrade the electronics later on but for my needs and skill level I would recommend it to anyone. It is comfortable to sit and stand with, great tone, be a great for a beginner or someone like me who wanted a affordable semi-hollow. It has some feedback when you apply distortion but the humbuckers do a good job at keeping it down. I also really like the Flat finish (Hands don't stick to it) and chrome hardware.

      (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      cant believe it

      By fishmark1

      from houston texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
      • Realy Cheap Parts

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      I just can't believe that Ibanez would make a guitar that would have bad parts, i sent back 3 of the flat red AS-53 because of bad tuner pegs and the finish had the only thing I can think of to call it is grit or sand like particles in the finish. the thing is may be I am being a nit picker or what ever but I think if your going to buy a guitar it should be without defects. I learned that if you don't go over your guitar the day you get it with a fine tooth comb, and you find things wrong with later then to bad for you so beware of that. any way so I thought maybe it was just this batch of flat red AS-53 that was bad so I would give it one more try with the black AS-53 well found problems with this one also the switch was very lose not at the nut but the toggle it self and again the tuner pegs are slipping and turning the screw on the peg did not help and at lease I did not find the wires hanging lose like some of the other ones. the guitar has a clip that holds them in place and I called Ibanez and they told me that the sometime the wires come lose when shipping and I thought to my self that means they know it happens and what if im taking my guitar to jam will it come lose when it is my car driving around from place to place. you cant even see the clip so how do you clip it back in place when it does come lose. anyway I really did try to keep this guitar I did like the way it played but it just did not work out for me. i even talked to Ibanez they said they would send me the parts to fix it I would have to pay for it myself or I could take it a authorize dealer that would take more than 2 week to fix it I should not have to wait that long for a new guitar to be fixed then ""I was told that if I wanted to return it after I had it been fixed that I would have to put back on the defected parts"" so I just gave up and returned it

      (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Whats Up Ibanez

      By fishmark1

      from houston texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
      • Poor Quality Tuning Pegs

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      I really do like this guitars, really good action no set up needed plays with a light touch of the hand and I was really happy with the tone and volume control knobs all you need is two anyway,.it does not feel like a plastic guitars. the thing is that the QUALITY CONTROL is very off for some reason I have sent back three of these guitars because of one reason or another from all the wiring that where lose in side the guitar you could see them just looking at the guitars, two of the guitars tuning pegs where all lose and could not be fix with just turning the screw on the pegs with a screwdriver, they have some kind of grit or sand particles in the finish and you could feel them on the neck for sure not a lot but it is their and on one of the guitars the tuning pegs have sharp edges on at least four of the pegs sharp enough that you could not clean it without the rag getting snagged on it, would not cut my hands but I have rough hand but maybe cut the hands of a baby, least the tuning pegs where working on this one and you could not see the wiring like the other guitars. anyway I am going to try one more time but this time I am getting the flat black guitar and not the flat red one maybe it had a different quality control inspector and the craftsmanship will have been inspected on this one, and yes this will be the fourth one I try hopefully this comes inspected and works out because I do like the guitar but it will be the last time I try...so for now no to a recommendation to a friend,,,. SO WHAT'S UP IBANEZ

      (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      BUY SOMETHING BETTER

      By BSJAZZ

      from CHICAGO IL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Nice finish

      Cons

      • Had To Return-not Playabl
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        HAD TO SEND BACK-NEEDED TO MUCH WORK TO BE PLAYABLE-IT WOULD BE GREAT IF I RECEIVED IN A PLAYABLE CONDITION"CLOSE" BUT NO CIGAR"

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Outstanding value

        By Slripley

        from Claremont, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Only 2 Control Knobs

        Best Uses

        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        As a lifelong acoustic rhythm player who has never gotten into lead licks, I was frustrated with the sound of my Strat clone. I felt like it was at least partly due to it being a solid body. So when I saw that this Ibanez semi-hollowbody was on sale, I couldn't resist. I really like the fuller sound that the hollow sound chambers give. As far as specific to this guitar, the satin finish on stained sapelle is very attractive (I got the black). And I like that the body is the same dimension as an acoustic, so it feels natural. The only flaw was a broken plastic shroud around one pickup. Rather than wait for a replacement, I fixed it with some super-glue.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar... poor factory inspection

        By TS Paxton

        from Cottage Grove

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          I rated the guitar as excellent because after I did all the setup and "out the door" work the factory should have done it is an excellent guitar. When it arrived, however, nearly every visible nut was loose from the tuners nuts to the jack nut. It has been my experience that usually a guitar comes tuned. But on this one the strings were loose and flopping around. The bridge was nowhere close to an intonation of any kind... had to do all that my self... good thing I could... As it happens I build acoustic guitars, so I have a few skills to apply, and it all worked out... would have cost plenty to have a another luthier do all that. But once it was done, great guitar.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Plays like buttah!

          By pjcorn

          from Minneapolis

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Playing It

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          I needed a real simple, good guitar and I scored with this one. It plays great and sounds really cool. I was surprised at how easy it plays way up the neck. I can get a decent high G bar chord, no sweat!

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