The guitar builder for the giants of jazz, Ibanez now introduces the Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar, to answer the needs of the working professional player. Crafted from specially selected ... Read More
The guitar builder for the giants of jazz, Ibanez now introduces the Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar, to answer the needs of the working professional player. Crafted from specially selected tone woods, this guitar features a bone nut, ebony fingerboard, hand-rolled frets and Ibanez's famous Super 58 pickups-capable of tone magic any place between "jazz-clean" all the way to "blues dirty." If you're aiming high, Ibanez has an ARTSTAR for you.
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I made this order as a reward to myself. I had a hard time choosing between the Gretsch label and the Ibanez label. I have owned Ibanez so was willing to rely on past experience of their good quality and workmanship. As it is both are made in China so I tried no to get my hopes up. My order was shipped then I picked up in-store. I opened the sealed box, plastic bag, & finally opened the case to find this beautifully detailed instrument. The finish, the paint, the hardware are all up to spec. I headed straight for the amp demo room and played for just over an hour. I could find no major flaws and eventually decided it was a keeper that would suite my playing and style nicely. The factory strings are garbage so I had to buy a set of Elixers and some Ernie Balls too, a polishing cloth and a strap. My major concern was that it the guitar would not be to my liking or what I am used to. I don't care for the way the bridge sits so high off the body much like a Gibson bridge does. Other than that so far I'm very satisfied.
I've had this guitar for about a month now and absolutely love it. Very versatile and easy to play. I love the sounds I'm getting out of it. The pictures don't do it justice either.
I have been saving for an ES335 but the need for a decent semi-hollow over rode my lack of funds, and I could not wait any longer. When I saw that Ibanez had released the AS153 I was excited. I am typically a USA made guy, but I have always been a fan of the AS200 (John Scholfield used them before he got his signature model). When I read the appointments this guitar came with I knew this was the closest I was going to get to an ES335 without saving for another couple years. One appointment they don't make clear on this is that it is a TRUE semi-hollow, not a "block under the bridge" variety. This baby has a slab of maple running all the way through it. The pickups are the Super 58s and they sound wonderful with the tone dialed back or turned all the way up. The finishing work is great. I had 2 to choose from and one had a lighter colored veneer, but playability and quality overall were the same between the 2. I actually removed the pickgaurd as I'm not a fan of the shape and look, which by the way is a piece of maple, stained and finished then bound with the matching try-ply binding that is on the guitar! The Ibanez name and headstock design are both inlayed mother of pearl or abalone (not sure), not a decal covered with clear coat. Overall this guitar is a top quality guitar. Even the case is nice (Google images for the AS153 to see one). Act quick because as of today GC only has 8 nation-wide. But then again these are new so who knows if the distribution center gets more in.
I had an AS103 and returned it (dinged, miswired pots). Got this as the replacement (an extra $100). First, it looks great. Nice to have bone nut now instead of platic. No more wooden knobs (!). Soundwise. I am a jazz player and so look for warmth. This still has a little harshness (what a rock player would call 'bite') to the top strings. I replaced with Daddario chrome flat wounds, much much better. Playability. good fretboard. action could be improved. Have not taken it in for pro set up yet.
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