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Classic looks meet modern appoitnments on Ibanez's ART90.
Whether you're a metal player or someone who loves the sound of traditional rock, the Artist series from Ibanez has a guitar for you. From heavy power chords to clean, warm tones, this guitar is ideal for today's metal and rock players. Simple and effective, the 22 frets, 24.75 inch scale ART is a classic single cutaway guitar that was built for modern players. The mahogany body is capable of producing traditional warm tones with a fast neck, superior hardware, and customized dual humbucking pickups.
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Comments about Ibanez ART90 Electric Guitar:
The quality of the Art 90 is extraordinary for a any guitar at any price. My previous electric guitar was the Gibson SG Special. For aquistic I use the Martin 15E. I don't mind paying thousands of dollars for the best quality. But the the Art90 delivers stunning quality for just a few humdred dollars. It's amazing. Ibanez hung the moon. Musicians Freind delivered on time in perfect condition protected by 3 boxes!. I am dancing on the roof.
Comments about Ibanez ART90 Electric Guitar:
Neck: one piece mahogany with rosewood fret board with medium-jumbo frets. Given Ibanez association with shredding guitarists, I initially worried that the neck might be thinner than a traditional set-neck, but the neck is not only well shaped, but it's beefy. I instantly felt right at home on it. The rosewood fret board is a beautiful piece of timber and the pores are nice and tiny. Besides offering a simple elegance, the dot postion markers are neatly done. The frets are well seated, well crowned, consistent and substantial, making the neck a pleasure to play. The set up was about as close to perfect right out of the box, which isn't always the case on a modestly priced guitar
Body/Finish: three-piece mahogany with book-matched, two-piece veneer top. The bookmatched top is gorgeous and its seams are nearly invisible, as are the seams on the three-piece body. All in all, the construction is top notch. Unlike some Les Paul-inspired guitars, the body fairly light-weight, which makes it comfortable to play for long periods of time; a slight contour on the back certainly helps. The body and neck are balanced, meaning that the instrument's isn't neck heavy and prone to neck dives. The satin finish is perhaps a bit untraditional, but it's pleasant to the touch and won't show fine sratches or fingerprints. The neck and headstock are also satin finished, making the neck feel speedy.
Hardware: chrome, die cast, sealed tuners; chrome stop tailpiece with ABR tune-o-matic bridge. The hardware is basic and of decent quality. The tuners aren't sloppy or gritty in the least; rather, they are stable and smooth. The saddles are properly grooved and comfortable. The intonation was close to perfect, making it easy to tune and a pleasure to play. Time will tell how good the hardware is, but for the moment I don't expect any major problems. The chrome plating, which I prefer, looks quite good and durable.
Pickups/Electronics: one volume, one tone, one three-way toggle switch, two ceramic humbuckers, and a rim-mounted panel jack. Ibanez likes to describe this guitar as simple and effective, and this description certainly applies to the electronics, which in my opinion is where this guitar really excels. I haven't been inside the control cavity yet, but the pots and switch feel pretty sturdy and are sensibly located, which is a huge plus to me. The pots' taper is really good and the tone control is well voiced and usable. I wasn't sure if the pickups would do it for me, but these pickups sound quite good and are suited for clean sounds. The can probably handle dirty sounds, too, but I haven't really explored that side of them — I've only had the guitar a couple of weeks. The pole pieces aren't adjustable on these pick ups, but the string -to-string balance on them isn't a problem at all. The rim-mounted panel jack is a clever way to deal with the traditional Les Paul's plastic plate; there simply isn't one to break.
Sound: Unplugged this guitar is rather bright sounding for being made form mahogany. Thankfully, it isn't too bright. The pickups are well matched for this, and the guitar should cut through the mix in a pleasant way. Rolling down the tone knob yields jazzier tones that are quite enjoyable and usable. The glued in neck gives the bass some authority and getting Buck Dharma's "Don't Fear the Reaper" rhythm sound is a piece of cake. This guitar has plenty of sustain, too, and seems to hold its own with just about any style of music, which makes it a real winner in my eyes or, um, ears.
In sum, this guitar sounds, feels and plays wonderfully and is just about perfectly set up right out of the box. It's also a real looker and quite a bargain. So far, I haven't felt a need to put it on the repair bench for any reason, although I suspect that if you like to tinker like I do, this guitar would be an excellent platform for modifications and hot-rodding, assuming you can stop playing it long enough to actually do it. If you don't like to tinker, this guitar will definitely suit you and dry up the anxiety over buying a guitar online, sight unseen.