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Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar

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With a 22-fret set mahogany neck, bound rosewood fretboard, and pearl dot inlays, the Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar dishes out satin-smooth tone and sweet sustain. The double-cutaway, all-maple ... Click To Read More About This Product

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With a 22-fret set mahogany neck, bound rosewood fretboard, and pearl dot inlays, the Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar dishes out satin-smooth tone and sweet sustain. The double-cutaway, all-maple body is strong, resonant, and - with its fantastic finish options - very easy on the eyes. Chrome-finished hardware on the Ibanez AS73 ncludes ACH humbuckers, ART1 bridge, and tuners.

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  • HH PU configuration
  • Great finish options
  • Chrome hardware
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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Artcore set mahogany neck
  • Double-cutaway, all-maple body
  • 22 frets
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • ART1 bridge
  • ACH1 humbucker (neck)
  • ACH2 humbucker (bridge)
  • Pearl dot inlay
  • Chrome hardware
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IbanezArtcore AS73 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 49 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar... period!

I bought my AS73 last year and have previously owned electric guitars in a variety of strat configurations. I was tired of the strat type guitar and wanted to try something new, so in...Read complete review

I bought my AS73 last year and have previously owned electric guitars in a variety of strat configurations. I was tired of the strat type guitar and wanted to try something new, so in my shopping around I looked at Epi Les Pauls and SGs, PRSs and Schecters, and Fender teles. These were all ok but I was looking for great. Then a Gretch 5122 caught my eye. The Gretch had a great sound - I loved that Bigsby! - but didn't feel quite right for me, so I decided to widen my search to include semi hollowbodys like the Ibanezx and the Gretch and the Epi Dot, and of them only the Ibanez AS73 sounded great AND felt great. A year after purchase I can say I'm not impressed with the tuners and the set up wasn't great - I had to adjust both pups to get them sounding optimal, but the guitar sound great, whether thru a modeling, a solid state or a tube amp. The action is awesome and its lightweight and very comfortable. It play dirty oh so well, and for a dual humbucker config, it plays clean quite nicely also! If I was to make only ONE change it would either be to put a better set of tuners on it, or somehow figure out how to put a Bigsby tremolo on it. Neither of these changes are critical. I think if someone is looking for a new guitar, these reviews are a good start but in the end you should really go to the store and experience each guitar one at a time (if possible thru the same amp on the same settings) to see if it feels and sounds right for you. For me, the Ibanez AS73 was a perfect match for sound, feel, and price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

fun to play but sound is a pretty flat

This guitar is very comfortable and fun to play but it really needs better pickups. The sound is really flat and flavorless. Compare it to an Epiphone Sheraton and you will hear a big...Read complete review

This guitar is very comfortable and fun to play but it really needs better pickups. The sound is really flat and flavorless. Compare it to an Epiphone Sheraton and you will hear a big difference. It's too bad because the neck and fretboard are really comfortable. I've heard that it is a pain to replace pickups in a hollowbody guitar. I don't know if that's true but I wouldn't get this guitar and keep these pickups. The Epiphone Sheraton sounds much better and is worth the extra money or you could find one used that costs the same as a new Ibanez ArtCore. If you really want an Ibanez artcore, try out the AG75, the archtop model. It has a much better, juicier tone since it is a true hollow body.

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(57 of 60 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson step aside!

By rtevans

from Raleigh, NC

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

Lets face it, I'm never gonna be a Wes or a Lee but this is as close to a Gibson ES335 as you can get with out blowing a big wad. I was impressed with the action straight out the box and the strings that come standard where as equally porfessional quality. Ibanez has put a lot into this guitar except price. I played this guitar then and ES335 and I was blow away with the performance of the Ibanez. They could have charge twice the price and still came out equal if not better than the Gibson. If you can shell out the bucks for the Gibson ES335, take a listen to the AS73 and put those extra bucks you save into a bigger better amplifier or a good quality effects pedal and wlak away knowing you just bought a guitar as good as if not better than the ES335.

(43 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar... period!

By Chris

from Meriden, CT

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

I bought my AS73 last year and have previously owned electric guitars in a variety of strat configurations. I was tired of the strat type guitar and wanted to try something new, so in my shopping around I looked at Epi Les Pauls and SGs, PRSs and Schecters, and Fender teles. These were all ok but I was looking for great. Then a Gretch 5122 caught my eye. The Gretch had a great sound - I loved that Bigsby! - but didn't feel quite right for me, so I decided to widen my search to include semi hollowbodys like the Ibanezx and the Gretch and the Epi Dot, and of them only the Ibanez AS73 sounded great AND felt great. A year after purchase I can say I'm not impressed with the tuners and the set up wasn't great - I had to adjust both pups to get them sounding optimal, but the guitar sound great, whether thru a modeling, a solid state or a tube amp. The action is awesome and its lightweight and very comfortable. It play dirty oh so well, and for a dual humbucker config, it plays clean quite nicely also! If I was to make only ONE change it would either be to put a better set of tuners on it, or somehow figure out how to put a Bigsby tremolo on it. Neither of these changes are critical. I think if someone is looking for a new guitar, these reviews are a good start but in the end you should really go to the store and experience each guitar one at a time (if possible thru the same amp on the same settings) to see if it feels and sounds right for you. For me, the Ibanez AS73 was a perfect match for sound, feel, and price.

(41 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Rock Solid Value

By Chip Newton

from Greensboro, NC

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar 3 years ago and have used it extensively in jazz settings. Not once have I had a problem with it, and have never taken it into the shop for repairs. This guitar is made with very substantial materials! It's good going to a gig that the guitar will not fail me.

(39 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Hollowbody!

By mmukav

from Chardon, Ohio

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

This Ibanez ES335 copy is a sweet guitar? My partner plays one in our band. Semi-hollowbody, maple top and sides, mahogany neck, bound body and neck. I was really impressed with the finish on this guitar. Nice, translucent finish, no streaks or flaws, seemed very well-made. Sounds great too! He plays it through a small solid-state amp and it has nice tone. Was set-up pretty well right out of the box. Tuners seem decent, and bridge is good. Came with a nice hardshelled case. A great value!

(30 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thanks, Michael

By Tim Cook

from Estero, Fl.

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

Just bought my second AS73. First one was a Brown Sunburst and the second was a Trans Red Cherry-discontinued color, I think. It's a deep shade of cherry, that highlights the wood-grain. Scale and neck radius is perfect for my small hands. Open chords, barre chords, or lead-it all works great. The quality of craftsmanship is impeccable. No problems with the electronics, or the hardware. I replaced the machine heads on the sunburst with Kluson cream-colored keystones. Just a cosmetic fix. Nothing wrong with the stock tuners. For this price, it's a great buy.

(25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar for the Money

By Cody

from Akron, Ohio

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

I recently picked up one of these Artcore's used. I am very impressed with how well put together this guitar is. The neck is very playable and fast. The body has a perfect weight and balance. The only thing I would change on this guitar would be the pickups, not that the stock ones are all that bad. Overall, it's a great guitar for the price.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

you need this guitar!

By Richard

from Jasper Ga

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

I've been playing 32 yrs & have always been a Gibson snob. My girlfriend surprised me with this guitar for my b'day & I played it out of obligation. Now I cant put it down. This IS a better guitar than an es335 from a to z. I played with the tone pots & selector switch for hours.Want the Gibson sound? Its there. Telecaster? You bet.Ibenez actually put the input jack WHERE IT BELONGS, not on the front My only amp is a Fender DeVille & it brings out the best on this guitar. For 15% of the price of a Gibson you get something more playable & just as reliable. It will also take 12-gauge strings with minimal frustration.Also no problems w/feedback. It was very well set up out of the box & the finish is absolutley flawless. I thought about taking the pick-up covers off, but the more I play it, the more I want to leave it as-is. The 335 is now semi-retired & time will tell if it can wean me off of my Les Paul.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love once again

By Juan T.

from Paterson, NJ

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

This guitar has made the little fire I had tingling in my heart for playing guitar explode into a massive supernova that brings forth a passion for the strings never felt before by the likes of me. This guitar looks beautiful, sounds like heaven and feels so smooth. It has a wider neck than most guitars but not too wide, just enough for my hands. The neck is extremely fast. I feel empowered when I hold it in my hands! The picture of the red one does nothing for this guitar. The red on it is plenty darker and looks gorgeous. It's not as big as it may look. Kind of thin, but who's complaining? For this price, there is none better.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Artcore AS73 "THE GUITAR"

By James

from Delaware, Ohio

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

This guitar is excellent quality and value for the money. The sounds it can produce are great for a wide variety of styles. The finsih and workmanship are top notch and flawless, including body, neck, F-hole, and headstock binding, as well as the backside neck heal area. The neck is very much like a Gretsch Duo-Jet, wide across the top yet slimmer and more D shaped than an Epi Dot. The bottom edge jack is where it should be,and the tailpiece is unique with slots for stringing. The tuners appear to be plenty adequate,and the pups as well. Everything from action to intonation seemed excellent right off the store hook. In this price range, comparable guitars would seem to include the Epi Dot and Jay Turser JT-133. While the JT-133 gives a slightly better and warmer sound (perhaps due to the half thinkness center block and slightly larger body thickness), the Artcore has great clarity with just the Bridge P/U, with the center position providing a very nice tone as well. Bridge P/U position alone is deeper and more boomy sounding. I instantly took off the stock DiAdario 10's and strung some 9's. This greatly increased the playability. Personally, I only wish that it came with a pickguard, and gold hardware. This guitar seems very sturdy and has excellent balance. I liked the neck better than the Epi Dot and JT-133, but both the Dot and the Turser look more like a Gibson 335 than the Artcore, due to it's rather pointed horns. The neck joint is flawless and smooth, and shaped much nicer than the JT-133 in terms of fit. The massive headstock looks great, and the "redish stripe" in the Tobacco sunburst is reminisent of the 1960's era of guitars. If you are looking for a semi-hollow guitar in this price range, you will not be dissappointed. Don't let the "Made in China" fool you. This guitar is a definate keeper and player.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

garage glen

By Glen

from long beach cali.

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

I have had this guitar for a few years now and i love it as much as my wife! Great pickups, great sound, great looks, fast neck (even though it's a little thicker then a strat.)BEST GUITAR FOR IT'S PRICE! Ibanez Thank you for this baby....my new girlfreind. Oh yeah BLUE LOUNGE ROCKS!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Sound But to many trips to the repair man

By Nate

from MI

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

I got my artcore in Feb. and was very pleased with the tone and the action. However 35 days later I'm playing and the input breaks off. A year later something happens to the rhythm humbucker and then the whole thing just breaks. Perhaps I got a bad apple but my experience has not been good.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Fantastic Guitar

By C.L.

from Albuqerque, NM

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

These are great musical instruments at any price. Sure, if you spend more, you can get better hardware. But this guitar sounds and feels great. I got a transparent cherry and the finish is absolutely flawless. I honestly cannot find anything wrong with the finish. It holds it's tuning amazingly well. It is a perfect guitar to balance between rock, blues and jazz styles. I have several electric guitars, and if I could only keep one, this would be it. And some of my others cost much. much more than this. I looked into this guitar because of the rave reviews I had see online. And I'm still dumbfounded that you can get this good of a guitar at this price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

kudos

By dennis

from palm city. florida

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

I play in church, and have been playing for a long time. I bought one of these almost two years ago and wanted to wait before posting. I absolutely love this instrument. I have a strat and a tele. The strat is hardly ever picked up anymore. I use the tele once in a while. You can get a lot of different sounds from this baby. I raised the action a bit and took off the humbucker covers and that was it. Sometimes I think about putting a P90 in the bridge, but haven't. I do use the neck pickup a lot and love the fat tone.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Well Worth the Money!

By Larry

from Puyallup, WA

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

Got this guitar to give me more variety than just my Strat and I'm very impressed. Construction and finish was flawless. Setup: perfect. Tone and sustain: sweet! Sounds very good from clean acoustic style or jazz (think Metheny) to serious overdrive for leads and power chords. I love the resonance and sustain! Try it!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bought it used- GREAT!!

By yash

from new jersey

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

so i got this guitar used, and it was made in 2001. the pickups are stock, but it had a bigsby and gotoh tuners. i got it for 150 bucks, including a hard case and the original hardware on craigslist. BUYNOWWW

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sneaky surprise!

By Derek Brown _

from Port Saint Lucie, FL

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

I bought my AS73 at guitar center about two years ago for no reason whatsoever. I already owned three high end guitars, Les Paul, Tele, Taylor Brazilian Rosewood. I was drawn to the cherry red finish and keen on the idea of getting into a semi-hollow. I played the PRS, the Dot, and a gretsch, and I liked the playability and the tone of the Ibanez. I had owned an Ibanez solid body before, and enjoyed it. Features: 24 3/4" neck, which plays like a dream. Two Ibanez humbuckers, two tone, and two volume pots with a soap bar style bridge. Quality and Reliability: Made in China, but built quite well. They have mass production luthiery down pat. The tuners and bridge are pretty decent and holds tune very well. Stock intonation not bad, only minor adjustments. Look & Feel: A thin semi-hollow, a bit large in the body, but very comfortable and positions well and naturally to the body. I'm 5-10 and normal build and it feels like an extension of me. The action is easily adjustable to any taste. Raise for slide or lower for thrashing. Runs are incredibly easy with this machine made neck. I did not leave the stock pick-ups in long. They sounded good, but it wanted to also achieve a crisp SRV type sound as well. Put a Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck with a coil tap, and a classic '59 on the bridge. I can accomplish SRV and Jimi tones and very crunchy hard rock tones. Roll back the tone knobs and get a dead on Santana. You can even accurately get a Trey Anastasio tone. Feedback is kept under control with a volume pedal, but it doesn't get rediculous. This guitar is a great value for around $300. Throw in about another hundred and you have a $2,000+ guitar! The only thing I've played comparable to my upgraded AS73 as a semi-hollow is the $5000 PRS hollow body ii!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By Benjamin Brown

from charlotte, nc

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar and it has exceeded every expectation. plays great sounds great and looks awesome. very well made and it has an affordable price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One of the best values around

By Ken

from Vienna, VA

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

Better than an Epiphone Dot and cheaper. Better craftsmanship and better sound. Light weight, nice neck, sturdy, stock pickups sound surprisingly good. Only downside appears to be the strap pin placement.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome

By Mr.4

from Arlington,

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

I picked this up while i ws looking for a guitar for my girlfriend and i must say if you plugg this into a line 6 amp it'll play anything either nice and smooth to crisp and raunchy, i think i might wanna get one, of course thr pickup's are pretty hott so it's deffinatly a stage guitar

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Brad

from Berlin, NY

Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

My third guitar, and my favorite. You can play anything from blues to punk on this guitar and it sounds great. Worth the money 100 percent.

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