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Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Antique Yellow Sunburst

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This Artcore Expressionist AM93 semi-hollowbody guitar uses Custom 58 pickups combined with an arched quilted maple top, back, and sides to produce a warm and quick response. The slim and compact 3-pi... Click To Read More About This Product

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This Artcore Expressionist AM93 semi-hollowbody guitar uses Custom 58 pickups combined with an arched quilted maple top, back, and sides to produce a warm and quick response. The slim and compact 3-piece Artcore set-in neck is made from mahogany and maple. The bound rosewood fretboard with 22 large frets, bound top, and gold hardware offers lush looks accented by white block inlays and multiple binding. The ART1 bridge provides accurate rock-solid intonation while the Quik Change III makes string changing easy.

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Features
  • 3-piece mahogany/maple set-in neck
  • Quilted maple top, back, and sides
  • White block fretboard inlays
  • Bound top and fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • ART1 bridge and Quik Change III tailpiece
  • Custom 58 pickups
  • Gold hardware
  • Case sold separately
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IbanezArtcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (17)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)
  • Good pick up (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unbelievable Value, Tone, and Features

This model falls short of a 10 given the quality control of excessive dye on the rosewood fretboard, and slightly sharp fret edges. I am not a guitar snob although I do own and...Read complete review

This model falls short of a 10 given the quality control of excessive dye on the rosewood fretboard, and slightly sharp fret edges. I am not a guitar snob although I do own and play Gibson Standards, and Custom Brian Moores, and a slew of previous Fenders. This instrument sounds just as good if not better as noted above. I know that is shocking, but you will have to A/B it yourself. Its hard telling how long she will hold up, but I do not seeing anything obvious to "fall apart". If you are in the market for a semi-hollow LP sized, I recommend this model from Ibanez. It is simply stunning cosmetically, and outstanding sonically: playability and comfort is top notch. I bought this to avoid breaking out my museum pieces and case queens and given some minor adjustments this model might just be a future star. You can't go wrong here, she is a buy!
This Ibanez model had all of the features I was looking for in a semi hollow guitar.
1 Outstanidng hardware, bridge, and tuners, and speed knobs which are subtle the way they should be.
2 The hardware performance was quite a surpirse given that this is a Chinese manufactured instrument which don't always have the best reputation, but I think the gap has closed here with Ibanez quality control.
3 The tuners are as solid as my Gibson, and the pick-ups (58 models) are the best that Ibanez offers bar none. I agree with the other reviewer when it comes to poor sounding Ibanez pickups, but the 58's in this model are in a class of their on for tone, responsiveness, and recordability. How good, you ask?

4 I A/Bed this guitar through Sonar (blind test to avoid prejudice) against my Gibson Standard that has the PAF 57-59s, and gulp, the Ibanez were superior on clean and moderate drive settings! Of course, tone is subjective, but even being in the ball park should say something. The guitar is not really meant for high gain, so I do not have any comparison to note there. Read on, its not all heaven.
Quality score is roughly 8, mostly since my guitar came with ebony die residue (rosewood fretboard) on the fretboard that I had to clean repeatedly becuase the staining went directly onto my fingers...not good. Also, the setup needed tweaking as the string height was a bit too high. The frets are also a bit rough and the binding, unlike Gibson, does not cover the sharp ends of the frets. The frets ends wont really jab your hand, but the bound neck appears to be mostly cosmetic. I have owned many Ibanez Prestige's and RG's before so rough frets are not typical with Ibanez from my expereince. Not a showstopper, but not exactly top quality either from quality control. Also, the frets are not really medium, they appear and feel to be smaller, which is slightly dissapointing.
Where else can you get a professional tone, classic 58's, a quilted maple top, sides, and back, plus gold hardware and rock solid hardware with a decent neck for under $550.00 in a semihollow build, Unreal!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great low Price Guitar

Exceptional low cost guitar. I've been debating on purchasing one for awhile, and I play pieces that are typically 4x's as much. I question the construction flaws, and the deeper flaws that are...Read complete review

Exceptional low cost guitar. I've been debating on purchasing one for awhile, and I play pieces that are typically 4x's as much. I question the construction flaws, and the deeper flaws that are unseen. Although definitely a stage worthy guitar and a great low cost guitar for someone that needs a new or additional piece to there kit. The best bright points are the electronics and functionality definitely makes the piece worth while. Purchasing is far from being a mistake or regrettable,
Extremely pretty guitar. It has great looks. The alnico humbuckers sounded very nice, nice hardware, especially the speed knobs. The knobs are very attractive and function very well. The smaller size is nice and unnoticable for the most part. It's more comfortable when sitting down when compared to its counter parts.
Although pretty there are obvious construction issues. The lines of the binding didn't exactly line up. Granted this is a low cost guitar designed to look a premier expensive guitar, but it just doesn't have the flawlessness of a boutique or standard higher end brand name. I would consider this ranking higher on a list of "lower quality" guitars. This isn't one you are going to keep for 30+ years like the higher quality counterparts.
For the features, there are no cheaper options. It has all the top end looked for features including binding, flame top, nice hardware for low cost. One nice value is the alnico pickups. I have a real hard time with Ibanez pickups and find them offensive in most cases, and wish they would sell guitars without pickups. However, these are by far the best ibanez pickups I've heard and would not question playing these and leaving the piece stock.

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3.0

mixed

By DC

from Bellingham, WA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

great electronics, heavier than expected, wire showing in f-hole, decal below "Ibanez" name is crooked sloppy workmanship that could easily have been avoided. Strings are awful, for the price not the quality I expected.

 
4.0

I like it!

By Capt Telemark

from Shrewsbury Ma

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      Very happy with action and sound.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would recommend to all of my guitar playing friends.

      By Slim Jim

      from Hebron, Ky.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        I've been playing for over 55 years and can say that this is one of the best guitars I have ever played. Light weight, smooth neck, no sharp frets, love the 58 pick-ups, the only thing i changed was to put no strap locks, and locking tuners. Nothing else needs to be changed. Great electronics, and love the speed knobs. B y the way I do not work for Ibanez or Guitar Center. this is probably the biggest bang for your buck you can get. I've owned or still own Strats, PRS, Epiphone, Heritage (same as Gibson), Gretsch, and Carvin, and other Ibanez guitars the AM93 rates up there with the best of them. Can't say enough good things about it, great work to the Ibanez builders.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great ax

        By Roadking

        from Olympia, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Tone and volume controls weak

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        I have many guitars including a Strat Deluxe Plus and a Gibson LP Standard. This AM93 blows them away as far as playability. Very quick neck, super fun to play.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One Happy Customer

        By Fenderbird 51

        from Ft Myers Fl

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          While I was waiting for this guitar to arrive, I kept reading the many reviews about this guitar on the internet. While they were almost all positive, a tiny few people complained about little flaws in the fit and finish of this guitar. I figured that in the the worst case scenario I could send it back and upgrade to an AM 153 if the AM 93 wasn't satisfactory. Upon receiving the guitar I inspected it top to bottom. It was basically flawless. The binding looks perfect, no chips or voids. The neck was very comfortable and the frets were nicely dressed. The guitar was beautiful. The AM 93 sounds great with these pick ups and I knew right away that this was a keeper. I bought this initially to set up as a smaller bodied "jazz box" with heavier gauge flatwound strings. My "problem" now is that it sounds so good for blues/ rock with the lighter gauge strings that I might need another guitar to set up with the flatwounds! Eventually, I will probably change the tuning keys. These hold tune fine but a sweet guitar like this deserves silky smooth top of the line tuners. All in all a very nice guitar and an excellent value.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A real gem after a couple of changes

          By Jon

          from Northfield, MN

          Site Member

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          I've owned this guitar for almost 2 years now. I was absolutely amazed by it from the first time I saw it, held it, and played it. The feel, the weight, and the balance were fantastic. The tone and range of tones were everything one could want in a dual humbucker electric. I loved the smaller body size too, and what a looker. For the money, it's hard to believe they can produce an instrument like this. I've played the Gibson counter-parts and there is absolutely nothing that justifies the enormous price difference. Gibsons in general to me are over priced and over blown. The two minor changes I made to turn this into something nearly perfect were that I had to file a corner of the low E saddle to round it off, as it was sharp. I hit it a lot on percussive and heel-hand stop picking. And the tuners could not hold a note very well so I replaced them with auto-locking Gotohs. I've owned easily 100 guitars over the years. This ax is a real gem my friends!

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I'm impressed

          By Nigel21

          from Southern Illinois

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            I collect guitars. This one seemed interesting. What attracted me to it was the good reviews and the "58" humbucker pickups. Pickups, to me, make or break a guitar. I bought the antique yellow color. It's beautiful, came well packed, didn't have any damage. Everything appeared OK, no warped neck, good set up, no fret buzz. I tested this guitar with two different amps: a Peavey Delta Blues 15" speaker - 3- 12AX7's, 4 EL34's, and a Fender 25R, my favorite "practice" amp. First, for comparison I plugged in an American Special Satin-Finished Stratocaster. My goal here isn't to knock the Strat, just compare to the Ibanez, back to back, with the same amps. This Strat (and I own different Strats) had very weak pickups in comparison to the Ibanez AM93. Everything set to the same settings on the amp, the AM93 was almost 3 times louder and had infinitely more sustain than the Strat. The Peavey Delta Blues 15" is way more amp than anyone needs in a house (I love that amp!), so I switched to the Fender 25R. < Don't laugh at that amp, it has a 10" speaker (and the after market makes many replacement speakers if you so choose to modify it)and 25 solid state watts of output. It has two channels, clean and drive, and both are excellent. The amp is much louder than it should be, Fender clean, and to me is really impressive. Anyway, again the Strat sounded weak on the 25R and the AM93 more than twice as loud with infinitely more sustain. The neck on the AM93 seems flatter and slightly wider (and I'm not looking at a spec sheet - it just seems that way). The frets on both guitars truly are "jumbo" which is good. The fret work on both was very similar, no complaints on either. Again, no fret buzz on the AM93. I got mine on a Christmas sale and for the money the AM93 is great and I have no regrets adding it to my collection.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I couldn't be happier

            By Reid

            from Tucson AZ

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            I want to start with the fact that I own and love an AM73. When I saw this upgrade, I had to have it.I've been a hobbyist for about 50 years and have owned many guitars, and I think that this guitar is special. The 73 is a great guitar, but this one outshines it on every level. It is Beautiful, the body size is perfect, the pickups are amazing, it has a great variety of tones, the neck is fast -- even the pickup selector is the best that I've ever encountered. I've always been a big fan of Ibanez guitars (I currently own 6),and I think that they offer amazing value. I've had this guitar for over 2 years now, and I don't think that it has seen the inside of it's case yet. I would repurchase it in a heartbeat, it's a great guitar!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            oh, yeah...

            By Vincent

            from Brookfield CT

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            I have been playing guitar since 1966 and this is one of the finest guitars I have ever played. Mates real nice with tube amps. Gives out a solid and meaty clean sound...and can crunch and growl with ease.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome guitar all around!

            By Jacob

            from New Smyrna, Florida

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            I was hesitant to buy this guitar sight unseen or played. But i felt pretty confident after reading the reviews here. I was NOT disappointed. Infact the exact opposite was true. I play a somewhat large variety of music, I will go from Chet Atkins finger picking to Brian Setzer rockabilly and switch right into Megadeath and Metallica without batting an eye. This guitar covers such a wide variety of tones that it can handle ALL of the genres very nicely. I highly recommend this instrument. You cannot beat the price that GC offers and when you consider they shipped it right to my front door in just a few days for free!!! One note: The only thing I can say negatively about this guitar is that the tuners are a touch slippery. That could be the strings? But most likely it is somewhat cheap tuners. I will probably NEVER sell this guitar, but I will most likely eventually replace the tuners with higher quality.

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