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Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar

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Easy to play, easier to afford.Ibanez' first single-cutaway Artist model in 30 years, the ART2100 Artist guitar is a traditionally styled solidbody w...Click To Read More About This Product

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Easily affordable and playable.

Easy to play, easier to afford.Ibanez' first single-cutaway Artist model in 30 years, the ART2100 Artist guitar is a traditionally styled solidbody with top-of-the-line features, at a rock-bottom price. Crafted with a contoured mahogany body and a mahogany set neck for supreme resonance. The neck is topped with a bound rosewood fretboard with 22 medium frets, designed with a slightly shorter 24-2/3" string scale for easy string bends. The 12th fret has a special ART inlay for an added touch of class. Loaded with Artcore ACH1-S and ACH2-S humbucking pickups with ceramic magnets to filter out electrical interference, and still provide massive tone and sustain. Equipped with a Gibraltar III tailpiece for individually adjustable string intonation. Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • ART set-in mahogany neck
  • 24-2/3" scale
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • 22 medium frets
  • ART special on 12th fret inlay
  • Artcore ACH1-S ceramic magnet neck humbucker
  • Artcore ACH2-S ceramic magnet bridge humbucker
  • Gibraltar III tailpiece
  • 24.7" scale
  • Set-in neck
  • Case sold separately

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IbanezART100 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 88 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

guitar not as pictured!

sent wrong guitar!!!! not satisfied either, the picture they put up was of a ibanez art100 with the 1 fret marker on the 12th fret and a gibraltar bridge, what i received...Read complete review

sent wrong guitar!!!! not satisfied either, the picture they put up was of a ibanez art100 with the 1 fret marker on the 12th fret and a gibraltar bridge, what i received was totally different the only thing they got right was the color and the art100 part, but... STILL!!! they should have said "hey! this guitar is the old version!" but NO! they had no comment on it other than there were a few scratches on the back side (which there were none that i could see).the bridge is different and one of the inlays has a tiny hole next to it (flaw in manufacturing) THE STRINGS ARE RUSTY!!! usually the string on a new set! (not on this one!) im so furious that they would sent this out without saying anything about it being different!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great sound and playability, some parts issues

Good value for the money re playability and sound. Only fair value considering reliability.
I was in San Anotnio without a guitar and got a call from a band who needed a...Read complete review

Good value for the money re playability and sound. Only fair value considering reliability.
I was in San Anotnio without a guitar and got a call from a band who needed a guitarist for a few gigs in Mexico City, so I went to a local music store to pick something up. I usually use Teles, so played a few in the lower prices ranges, including various MIMs and a Nashville tele, through a Marshall on the floor. On a whim I also picked up an ART100. It played and sounded so much better than any of the teles in the same price range (or more expensive in the case of the Nashville), so I went ahead and bought the Ibanez.

At the time it seemed like great value for the money. But read on.
I was fine for the first couple of gigs I played in Mexico City but on the third one I couldn not insert the guitar cable into the jack all the way. It just stuck halfway. I borrowed a screwdrive and took the guitar part and found that the spring that holds the jack in place had bent to block the jack hole. I used pliers to put it back in its orgiinal position. Was able to play the gig but missed the first set, pretty frustrating.

Had the same problem the following night but forced it past the impasse. Flew back to the states after that and haven't used the guitar since. I plan to replace the jack with a better quality part. This isn't the first time I've had a problem with parts quality on a cheaper Ibanez. I have an ORM-1 too and the plastic nut broke on the first gig. I had a new one built for it and it's fine now. You get what you pay for. I realize many people never have problem with these guitars. But I've had a probloem with both lower-end Ibanez's so in the future I will either buy further up the line, or I'll replace jack hardware and nut before gigging.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great sound and playability, some parts issues

By Slim Turnpike

from Bangkok

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Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

Good value for the money re playability and sound. Only fair value considering reliability.
I was in San Anotnio without a guitar and got a call from a band who needed a guitarist for a few gigs in Mexico City, so I went to a local music store to pick something up. I usually use Teles, so played a few in the lower prices ranges, including various MIMs and a Nashville tele, through a Marshall on the floor. On a whim I also picked up an ART100. It played and sounded so much better than any of the teles in the same price range (or more expensive in the case of the Nashville), so I went ahead and bought the Ibanez.

At the time it seemed like great value for the money. But read on.
I was fine for the first couple of gigs I played in Mexico City but on the third one I couldn not insert the guitar cable into the jack all the way. It just stuck halfway. I borrowed a screwdrive and took the guitar part and found that the spring that holds the jack in place had bent to block the jack hole. I used pliers to put it back in its orgiinal position. Was able to play the gig but missed the first set, pretty frustrating.

Had the same problem the following night but forced it past the impasse. Flew back to the states after that and haven't used the guitar since. I plan to replace the jack with a better quality part. This isn't the first time I've had a problem with parts quality on a cheaper Ibanez. I have an ORM-1 too and the plastic nut broke on the first gig. I had a new one built for it and it's fine now. You get what you pay for. I realize many people never have problem with these guitars. But I've had a probloem with both lower-end Ibanez's so in the future I will either buy further up the line, or I'll replace jack hardware and nut before gigging.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

art100

By Eric

from CA

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Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

swap out the pickups, and you've got an amazing versatile guitar!
features? it has everything i need, and nothing more, just the way I want it. The frets are a perfect height for me, I can't stand jumbo frets. Tuners stay in tune perfectly, bridge is very easy to intonate. Also, this bridge is very comfortable, but I can still get my palm in there to mute stuff. it's just as functional as a tune o matic style bridge, just more comfortable. two humbuckers, mahogany body, it's great.
this guitar plays better than any i've ever picked up. the neck is very fast. the guitar looks simple, just having the inlay at the twelfth fret. it's not gaudy.
I've been playing it for four years, and it has held up quite well, neck is perfectly straight, even though i've been pretty hard on it.

basically, it's very playable. my students pick it up and can play better than they can on their own guitars. and they're 7 to 10 years old

the one problem is has is that the stock pickups are terrible. I went through several amps and pedals to find a sound i liked, and never found it. then i switched out for a gibson 496R 500t combo, and now, with the right eq, i can get whatever sound i want.

stock pickups sounded... bassy, muddy, only ok when used with heavy gain.
don't even think about playing clean, the stock pickups are harsh
well, it sounds better than guitars that cost several times as much, so yeah, what you get for the money is great. expect to swap out pickups though

if mine got broken or lost, i would buy the exact same model immediately, or maybe the art200fm in transparent black. or both

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

guitar not as pictured!

By isaac

from PA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Sent Wrong Guitar

Best Uses

    Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

    sent wrong guitar!!!! not satisfied either, the picture they put up was of a ibanez art100 with the 1 fret marker on the 12th fret and a gibraltar bridge, what i received was totally different the only thing they got right was the color and the art100 part, but... STILL!!! they should have said "hey! this guitar is the old version!" but NO! they had no comment on it other than there were a few scratches on the back side (which there were none that i could see).the bridge is different and one of the inlays has a tiny hole next to it (flaw in manufacturing) THE STRINGS ARE RUSTY!!! usually the string on a new set! (not on this one!) im so furious that they would sent this out without saying anything about it being different!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ibanez art100

    By Mamma Jamma

    from Ibanez Paradise

    About Me Experienced

    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 ART100 Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is amazing. I bought it as a 2nd guitar (which means for some reeason it didn't pass the perfection test) and it is absolutely stunning. The quality is so much better than others the same price, but what got me were the pickups. No noise unless you wanted there to be. Killer guitar. Killer price. Buy it now. Read no more, get it.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Terrific Guitars

      By laguitar1954

      from Canada

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      Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

      I own 35 guitars. The ART series has become my mainstay guitar.
      Kudos to IBANEZ for great products...
      I have purchased 5 of this series guitar over the past 2 years. 3- ART 100 and 2 ART 320 all with some minor defects. I currently design, own, and manufactur my own guitars for 30+ years. I found all of the IBANEZ ART series guitars as exceptional in value and quality. It is difficult to build a guitar for double the price paid for this instrument. Only one ofthe 320's was customized from factory specs with passive humbuckers.
      Very well made with minor flaws..
      Tremendous, can't build one for this cost.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for rock and blues...not so much for jazz or anything clean.

      By Fergiemiester

      from California

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      Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

      Flawless really....in every other way.
      I'll try this review again: The pickups are really "hot", that doesn't mean they are good necissarily. That means the pots produce a lot of high frequency and the tone is really piercing. It is very difficult to get a clean sound out of the guitar; changed strings, adjusted the pickups and the bridge (sacrificed action for tone), but the result was the same.

      That is actually okay with me though since I bought this guitar for the grittyness.

      That being said, if you don't need clean tone, the Ibanez ART 100 is a fantastic product for shredders or people who like a muddy sound.

      The finish is AWESOME and the action is incredible! The guitar is designed superbly in nearly every other way; connecting the 1/4 instrument cable is effortless and thoughtless and the tone knobs do EXACTLY what they are supposed to do (the selector switch can be frustrating because it hangs on the middle a bit between low end and treble tones).

      I wouldn't compare it to a PRS, Gibson, etc. (that would be silly), but for a lower end model...it really is amazing. The craftsmenship and playabilty are perfect (except the pickups).

      If you need a solid rocking guitar, but don't want to spend a fortune and don't really care about clean tones, buy this guitar...you will NOT be dissapointed. If you want clean tone however, consider an Epi or a Dean...for about the same price you can get really good tones...but, you will need to have those guitars "tinkered" with a bit to rival the action and playabilty of the Ibanez.
      Better pickups.
      I'll repalce the pickups someday soon.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar, just not for low tunings.

      By Jus10lee

      from Union Grove, AL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for nearly a year now, and it hasn't disappointed me yet. Its all mahogany so you know its going to have a great tone. The pickups aren't exactly high output, but they can handle plenty of gain.

      The only con about this guitar, is that its not for low tunings. The guitar is around 24.75 scale length, like a Gibson. It has a very slinky feel to it out of the box. The lowest you'll be able to tune this guitar comfortably, is probably Drop C: C G C F A D with an 11-56 or maybe 12-56 gauge of strings. its definitely not for low/ baritone tunings. Don't go putting 13s on here or you'll screw up the neck. I learned that the hard way. Other than that this guitar is a great buy. ibanez makes the best "medium priced" guitars.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A killer guitar!

      By kbh

      from Utah

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

        For the cheap price this is as good as it gets. I use this over all my other guitars and, I have many. It is not a LP but, It is very capable. Mine came right out of the box setup perfect. The case that I bought for it isn't so good. I will end up getting a better quality one for it. It is my favorite guitar! Thanks Musicians Friend.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        4 years later

        By Rebelyell1987

        from McCook NE

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • I Should've Bought 2

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

        The first time I put this guitar in my hands it was the one, and over 4 years later I play it every chance I get. I purchased the wine red model at my local music store. I must have played every guitar on display, I was wasting my time, the art100 was the one for me. I did my first review a year later, I wanted to put some miles on it before I made my judgement. I gave it 5 stars then and i'm giving it 5 stars now.

        The art100 is a great guitar and is solid as a rock and as smooth as butter, and is the reason I decided to upgrade my art100. So with the help of the awesome people at musicians friend, I transformed my art from great to well , freaking awesome! I started with a set of Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded humbuckers. DiMarzio 500k push pull volume pots, and tone. I changed out the stock tuners for Grover Rotomatics. Let me tell you the sound and the sustain is unbelievable. It will hold it's own with the heavy weights. The art100 is a great guitar with the capability of excellence.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great guitar

        By Myles

        from America

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

          This was my first electric guitar, I've owned it for about 2 years now. Its an amazing piece and gets the job done. I've only start playing seriously in the past year. I play a lot of jazz, funk classic rock, etc. The pups in this did the job for a while, but as I'm starting to progress more and more I'm starting to want something a little more. I'm ordering a Nashville tele soon hoping it could make the tones and sounds this can't. But for a beginner's guitar this is great. I'm definitely keeping it, and if I make any change it'll just be putting some new pups in and thats still a maybe. Overall: neck feels great, pickups sound nice, its a solid piece (I've dropped it a couple times and it only has one minor scratch on the back), can't go wrong with it. Definitely worth the buy.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Our son loves the Ibanez.

          By ed

          from Arvada, CO

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

            Our son is an airman stationed in VA. He loves the guitar; its feel, its look, and its playability. It's a keeper!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Really great guitar. Own two!

            By William Matthey

            from West Virginia

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

              I bought this in white a year ago locally to use as a backup. I play a lot of punk and hard rock, but with a set of heavy strings it's actually done well with metal and core style music. Anyways, I had to wait for the 2012 model to come in because of when I placed my order with them, but it was worth it! It has since become my main guitar! Straight out of the box it was ready to go and played great. Smooth neck, even frets, and a nice light body. The pickups have been put through just about every major amp and I have no complaints at all. The only thing I didn't like was the second volume knob, so I moved the toggle switch in to its place and added a kill switch. I liked this guitar enough that I've put a 2011 on layaway in black so I can have a backup just in case! Great guitar and an awesome buy! :)

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A Definitely Okay Guitar

              By Kyler Painter

              from Jonesboro, AR

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Paint job

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

              I got this guitar Christmas of '11. Out of the box the setup was fine. Strings needed a bit of tuning, but that's fine. I like the glossed and finished neck. Really smooth and easy on the palms. A tad bit of buzz below the 17th fret but nothing to bad. I got this in the now discontinued gold color. But as I started really playing it I noticed the input jack on the guitar was really lose. Well I began to take the cord out but the whole jack came out with it. Ended up replacing the jack. also, occasionally the neck pickup will go out for no reason. But this can fixed by flipping the pup selector a few times back and forth. Overall for the money it's a pretty nice guitar.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              amazing

              By i love this guitar-H_R5J

              from sc

              Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

              I sat down and played this axe at a local guitar shop, and I found myself playing it for half an hour. Great tone on distortion or clean channel, very comfortable, thin body(typical on most ibanez), very fast neck, and very nice hardware. I would recomend this guitar to EVERYONE!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Mr.K,

              By Mr.K

              from New York

              Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

              Great ax with killer looks. Love the tone and the neck fits like a glove. Definitely check this one out! You'll be glad you did!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AHMAZING!!!

              By Primal Scream

              from Iowa

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              Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

              the only thing i can think of that isn't 100% awesome is the pickups .. i don't think you have the need to switch them out cuz they are awesome nonetheless. hardware, tuners, wiring, anything is just awesome. this guitar is meant for anything!! another bad thing is that it's a dust and finger print attracter. just get a microfiber cloth and you should be fine. GET THIS GUITAR

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              art100

              By clint wermes

              from Earth

              Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

              I purchased the ART100 as my first guitar, and I'm very pleased with this Ibanez. I've had it for about a year now and still really enjoy playing it despite now having other higher priced guitars. The shape of the neck is perfect for my hands, with it's shorter scale and med frets it fun and easy to play. The guitar sounds OK with the stock pickups though I did change mine.
              Minor complaints; some screws on the pick up rings and wiring compartment don't tighten up well, tuners feel cheap (but work alright), soldering job was not great. While it's not a bad looking guitar it's rather plain. Still overall I highly recommend this guitar for students or anyone on a budget.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AMAIZING Guitar For Anything!

              By Tommysrockreviews

              from Connecticut

              Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

              This guitar is absolutly amaizing, i sing and play guitar in a hard rock band, but this guitar is absolutly amaizing, it can have a great hard rock tone, to a great blues tone, to a great country tone, this guitar is so perfect. i've used it in jazz band too it was very good for that also. This guitar has been VERY durable for me, i've dropped it, knocked it over fallen with it (im clumsy) and it's still in great shape. i've had it for 2 years now and HIGHLY recomend it. If you consider getting this guitar GET IT. The only thing i dont like about it is i've had to resoder the wiring in the back which wasn't hard at all but after a year of being banged around the input wires came off and had to be resodered on but this guitar is 100% mint.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Great looks and tone but not worth the price tag.

              By John Lester

              from Texas

              Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

              The only reason I do not give it a rating lower than a 5 is due to the features. If you are looking for a guitar in this price range then I would have to say to stay away from this one. I assumed mine was just a case of bad luck but one of the local shops had recieved a shipment of these from the factory and after a setup I tried both of them and had the exact same issues with both.
              As far as features go this guitar had almost everything I wanted, set neck, dual HB's and a hard tail bridge. The black binding mixed with the white looks great and the mother of pearl logo on the headstock was a very nice addition.
              The guitar is very durable and can no doupt handle extensive gigging. The mahogany body gave it a very nice warm tone and alltogeather the guitar had a lot of sustain. But the guitar had lots of fretbuzz. After trying for days to get the action to something decent I had given up and taken it to a tech to see if a professional could do any better, took them less than 5 minutes to tell me that the setup I gave it was as good as it is going to get without needing a fret level which gets costly. The pickups were lacking and given that they could offer up some good sounds they just were not suitable for anything too heavy. Finally I took a look at the electronics cavity to find tons of black dust inside it that was like black chalk, I do not know if this was for shielding or not but I would assume it is a bad thing when I was able to tilt the guitar and have the stuff pouring out.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beat guitar in price range, period.

              By whitewolf1218x

              from Tampa, FL

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              Comments about Ibanez ART100 Electric Guitar:

              I am a beginner and have been teaching myself, but after shopping around for a quality guitar, I fell in love with the ART100. It has a super-fast neck and is comfortable to hold. It is very solid, yet lighter than most guitars with a similar body style. It is also a beautiful guitar, the one picture doesn't do it justice. Ibanez is great at putting out great stock guitars, and the ART100 is nothing less. Especially for the price, you can't find anything better, for a beginner or intermediate player. A wonderful buy!

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