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Ibanez Artcore AGS83BATF Electric Guitar  

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    Great, complex tones only found in a true hollowbody!

    The Ibanez AGS83BATF Artcore Electric Guitar delivers a vintage, antiqued look and powerful hollowbody performance at a price so low you can own two. The maple body features a gorgeous flamed veneer, matching pickguard, and smooth-sounding, medium-output dual Ibanez humbuckers. The set three-piece maple and mahogany neck offers incredible playability and sustain plus strength and stability. The bound rosewood fretboard is lavishly inlaid with pearl-and-abalone block inlays. 24-3/4" scale, chrome hardware.

    Features
    • 3pc. maple/mahogany set-in neck
    • Flamed maple top/ sides/back body
    • 22 large frets
    • Bound rosewood fingerboard
    • ART1 bridge
    • ACH1 (H) neck humbucker
    • ACH2 (H) bridge humbucker
    • Artcore DX pearl and abalone block fretboard inlays
    • 24-3/4" scale

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    4.7

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    Fantastic guitar especially for the money

    Let me start by saying I?ve owned several other semi-hollow body guitars from a variety of makers over the years, some costing several times more, this is by far the best semi-hollow body...Read complete review

    Let me start by saying I?ve owned several other semi-hollow body guitars from a variety of makers over the years, some costing several times more, this is by far the best semi-hollow body I?ve ever owned! If you're looking for that 335 type sound but with a slightly different appearance and more ergonomic comfort (lighter, better balance, slightly smaller and thinner body), then this is the perfect guitar for you. I?ve received nothing but positive comments from other musicians and audience alike on both sound and looks. The AGS83B has a very comfortable neck, the guitar hangs perfectly balanced on a strap (no annoying neck dive like many other semi-hollow body guitars). The PUPs are strong and articulate. The neck PUP is warm and full, the bridge PUP has great bite and sustain. Volume and tone control work together for a great variety of tones. The guitar stays in tune through out an entire set, even with extensive string bending (I immediately switched out stock 9 strings for 10?s).I gave the features a 4.5 because I believe that a coil tap function would have been a nice and useful addition. When compared to any other 335 style guitar without the coil tap function this would be a 5.Appearance is amazing, the fit and finish are flawless. Other than a string change and the required slight adjustment to the intonation I've done nothing to the guitar in almost 4 years of ownership and gigging. Guess that says it all for reliability.To the previous poster who?s luthier said the older models with pick guards had flat tops, I?d recommend you find another luither, someone who knows what he/she is talking about. My guitar is a 2006 model, WITH the pick guard and IT HAS AN ARCHED TOP!

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    AGS83BATF

    The features are already covered. They are mostly as advertised. The quality however for me was disappointing in several areas. I've been playing a long time, and currently use about 10 guitars that...Read complete review

    The features are already covered. They are mostly as advertised. The quality however for me was disappointing in several areas. I've been playing a long time, and currently use about 10 guitars that run the gamut from very rare US made collectors, to imports from all over...so I know quality, and bang for buck. While I love the antique finish on the body, the neck doesn't match. It's got way too much orange in the base color, kind of a burnt orange burst. Maybe it will darken with age. As it is, I would have preferred a matching body/neck color scheme or even a flat black on the neck. The frets on this guitar are not as well dressed as my son's Cheap Ibanez. A few burrs on the 14th through 16th frets, lower bout. The worst part is the truss rod is locked. The finish may darken, the frets I can have filed, but the truss rod is a big freakin' deal. There are the negatives.Here's the good: The black chrome hardware is awesome, the guitar I received didn't have the pickguard, which looks so much better to my eyes. The quality of workmanship on the inlays and headstock is stunning. Even the F-holes are finished better than a $4000 PRS I looked at in a music store the other day. The pickups sound very good, I doubt if I'd ever want to replace them. The hardware is good overall. The pots are ok, but the pickup selector switch is cheap feeling. At some point a person would want to upgrade.Overall, this is a very stunning guitar to look at. It sounds very good. But the neck finish and truss rod are downers. Seem I just got a bad one. If you have an extra $ and can do without the extras, get the PRS SE.

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    5.0

    versitile and good-feeling guitar

    This guitar can play a lot of different styles--sounds warm and rich clean, thick and chunky overdriven, and tight and dirty distorted (but not like a solid body or a metal guitar, don't try to kid yourself). I recorded my latest indie album with just this one guitar, everything from folk to blues to indie rock and even a little punk rock!

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    5.0

    Fantastic guitar especially for the money

    By Graybeard-MoA44

    from mid-west

    Let me start by saying I?ve owned several other semi-hollow body guitars from a variety of makers over the years, some costing several times more, this is by far the best semi-hollow body I?ve ever owned! If you're looking for that 335 type sound but with a slightly different appearance and more ergonomic comfort (lighter, better balance, slightly smaller and thinner body), then this is the perfect guitar for you. I?ve received nothing but positive comments from other musicians and audience alike on both sound and looks. The AGS83B has a very comfortable neck, the guitar hangs perfectly balanced on a strap (no annoying neck dive like many other semi-hollow body guitars). The PUPs are strong and articulate. The neck PUP is warm and full, the bridge PUP has great bite and sustain. Volume and tone control work together for a great variety of tones. The guitar stays in tune through out an entire set, even with extensive string bending (I immediately switched out stock 9 strings for 10?s).I gave the features a 4.5 because I believe that a coil tap function would have been a nice and useful addition. When compared to any other 335 style guitar without the coil tap function this would be a 5.Appearance is amazing, the fit and finish are flawless. Other than a string change and the required slight adjustment to the intonation I've done nothing to the guitar in almost 4 years of ownership and gigging. Guess that says it all for reliability.To the previous poster who?s luthier said the older models with pick guards had flat tops, I?d recommend you find another luither, someone who knows what he/she is talking about. My guitar is a 2006 model, WITH the pick guard and IT HAS AN ARCHED TOP!

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    5.0

    Even better than advertized!!

    By Jorma Wannabe

    from Arizona

    Buy this guitar. I was a bit hesitant about the goldish color on the photo, but the actual guitar is a much darker, richer color - a beauty. My luthier told me the earlier version with the pickguard was a flat guitar, while this newer version is actually an arch top. Plays beautifully on my Roland Cube 60 amp. Nice ringing sustain. It's a semi hollow design. I teach basic guitar and can't wait to show it to my class next week. Hardware seems fine, no problems.

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    5.0

    Punk-Hardcore madness

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I've been playing guitar for about 8 years now, and among my guitar collection I felt it was time to get a semi-hollow. Being in various punk-hardcore acts, (black-flag, minor threat-esque) I needed a semi-hollow that would give me minimal feedback but plenty of crunch. I play through a randall half-stack and this guitar makes my randall sound like a top-of-the-line LTD. I love it.

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    5.0

    Ibanez Artcore AGS83BATF

    By JimiDick

    from Nebraska

    Ibanez Artcore AGS83BATF.What a great value!This is an excellent guitar,was setup perfectly for me when I pulled it out of the box.Solid guitar ready to play,just plug in and go.Rich Humbucker sound at the neck,will bite you at the bridge.I play rockin blues and this guy is the ticket for me.Rhythm guitarist's will love the action and feel.The electronics control the volume and tone at any level.Guitar is comfortable to wear evenly balanced and not heavy.Fit and finish well done.

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    5.0

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    By KillMeDeadPlease

    from Eufaula, Ok

    This guitar is amazing! The other guitarist in my band has it and it use it more than my own razorback. The sound and feel are absolutely amazing! we tune down to Drop C and Drop B and the tuning stays and it still PWNs in sound! Great price. This guitar is a steal for advanced players. Also great for beginners.

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    4.0

    Great looking w/ a nice clean tone

    By N/A-Dq450

    from N/A

    It's a great looking guitar and has a great tone too. If you're looking for thick distorted humbucker tones for metal this is not the guitar for you. That's the mistake I made. This guitars made for jazz, and blues and some rock. The finish is great though it doesn't look much like the picture its much brighter and the flamed maple looks great. Mine had a pickguard but they dont put that on anymore its a shame too.

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    3.0

    AGS83BATF

    By stratosaurus-foOr9

    from jamesville, NY

    The features are already covered. They are mostly as advertised. The quality however for me was disappointing in several areas. I've been playing a long time, and currently use about 10 guitars that run the gamut from very rare US made collectors, to imports from all over...so I know quality, and bang for buck. While I love the antique finish on the body, the neck doesn't match. It's got way too much orange in the base color, kind of a burnt orange burst. Maybe it will darken with age. As it is, I would have preferred a matching body/neck color scheme or even a flat black on the neck. The frets on this guitar are not as well dressed as my son's Cheap Ibanez. A few burrs on the 14th through 16th frets, lower bout. The worst part is the truss rod is locked. The finish may darken, the frets I can have filed, but the truss rod is a big freakin' deal. There are the negatives.Here's the good: The black chrome hardware is awesome, the guitar I received didn't have the pickguard, which looks so much better to my eyes. The quality of workmanship on the inlays and headstock is stunning. Even the F-holes are finished better than a $4000 PRS I looked at in a music store the other day. The pickups sound very good, I doubt if I'd ever want to replace them. The hardware is good overall. The pots are ok, but the pickup selector switch is cheap feeling. At some point a person would want to upgrade.Overall, this is a very stunning guitar to look at. It sounds very good. But the neck finish and truss rod are downers. Seem I just got a bad one. If you have an extra $ and can do without the extras, get the PRS SE.

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    5.0

    Amazing!

    In decades of playing experience I have never seen such great value in a guitar. Mine arrived in nearly perfect playing condition. That?s amazing! A professional expects to ALWAYS spend some time and $ adjusting any mail-order instrument. I just changed strings and did light tweaking for the heavy strings and my style. The laminated neck provides strength and rigidity which is also great for tone. And tone? These stock pickups are RIGHTEOUS! I usually expect to invest in new pickups every time I buy a guitar. Not this time. The stock hum-buckers are noise-free, tone-full, and balanced. Smooth volume and tone controls work exactly as they should, at least the way we old-school players use them. I put it through its paces on some jazz gigs: bop lines, chord melody, Wes-style octaves, rippin? on Giant Coltrane changes? What a sweet feeling! I have never felt so immediately comfortable with a new guitar. Last night we played a larger venue, (about 2000 people). This axe kicked competition to the curb! (I used no effects? just straight into an old Twin.) And it came from the box ready to rock! I have never been more satisfied with a stock guitar ?EVER!

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    5.0

    Excellent semi-hollow rocker and jazzer

    By JW

    from Littleton, MA

    I've been looking for a semi hollow for a long time. The new Artcore line is great for value and sound. Out of the box, the AGS83B played without any setup changes. There could be a smaller radius on the fretboard for my liking and the B string was a bit too low - this will be corrected by moving up the string gauge. The flat finish was a question for this model, but its overall combo of features outweighed the finish choice, which the AGS83B is the only model in Ibanez's line that has it - curious since it has very fancy abalone inlay on the position markers and the hardware is the newest of metal plating technology, dark gray nickle - quite elegant. Given the choice, I would prefer a gloss finish. Regardless, the finish is excellent in quality and looks, you get no glare and can always see the nice flamed maple figure regardless of lighting. The body is bound with black Bolteron and has a fine white pin stripe next to it, which is hard to see in photos. The guitar is rugged and 1 3/4" thick, more like an ES 335. The pickups are somewhat microphonic, but will likely get replaced for that reason. However, the guitar sounds great. It is very tight with excellent rock, blues and brighter jazz tones. It is nowehere near as woody sounding as the AF75 or other Artcore's with the wood bridge. The stop tailpiece allows for very fast string changes. The full access neck is very well done. the guitar is balanced, solid, sounds and looks great.The only wish for this model would be a gloss finish. It is a great value, nothing comes close, maybe the Epi 335 dot on sale is a near equivalent, but not as good neck access.

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