As evidenced by its long-standing association with such giants of jazz guitar as George Benson, Pat Metheny, and John Scofield, Ibanez has been a constant pioneer in the world of hollow-body guitar bu... Click To Read More About This Product
As evidenced by its long-standing association with such giants of jazz guitar as George Benson, Pat Metheny, and John Scofield, Ibanez has been a constant pioneer in the world of hollow-body guitar building for more than three decades. Part of that legacy is owed to the Artcore collection, which has succeeded in smashing any and all preconceptions in its wake as to what a great hollow or semi-hollow ought to be. The Artcore formula builds on equal parts luthiery know-how, daring design, and a passion for warm, full-bodied tone.
The AS73 features a select-grade Maple semi-hollow body, a set-in Mahogany neck and Rosewood fretboard contribute to the warm-sounding characteristics of the AS73. Ibanez designed the Classic Elite pickups to give you big, full tone and well-balanced output. Case sold separately.
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Comments about Ibanez Artcore Series AS73 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:
No reviews for this model, is it new? I just bought one at my local guitar center and I like it a lot... I have owned a cheap epiphone dot in sunburst, made in China, and I also owned a real sunburst 1976 Ibanez Artist 2630, MIJ, which was a beautiful guitar. Both have since been sold, but I'd say this new as73 feels and sounds much closer to the vintage Japanese Ibanez, than the cheap epiphone dot. And I paid about the same price for that dot 10 years ago as I just did for this brand new as73 in 2017.
This is a fantastic guitar for the money, In terms of feel and tone, I think it holds its own with guitars that cost 3x as much. If you look really close at the binding you may find some minor inconsistencies but overall it looks very nice. Much better than the epiphone, and the epiphone didn't have fretboard or f hole binding.
I do miss the abalone inlays on the fretboard and headstock on the vintage Ibanez. This new as73 has plastic inlays and the headstock stuff looks painted on. Maybe if I paid up for a pricier new model it would be more comparable to the vintage one, this is a pretty cheap guitar really.
I'll also say that so far I think the electronics sound much better than in the epiphone, which had horribly muddy and dark sounding pickups and/or pots.
So I'd say if you want a 335 style guitar in this price range, this is a great option, maybe the best. The 12 string version is excellent too.
I'd definitely recommend this over the epiphone dot, but then maybe they've improved the quality on those since mine was made in around 2006.
I'm sure a real USA es-335 is more carefully crafted and sounds better that this Indonesian Ibanez, maybe even really 10x better?? I don't know, how to even quantify that, but I'm just probably never going to spend 2-3k on a guitar, so it's really nice that the quality has come so far on these lower end Asian-manufactured instruments, to make something this good attainable to a normal person.
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