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  • Sapele top, back, and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard
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Transparent finishes let the glory of sapele shine through.

The double-cutaway body with sapele top, back, and sides is strong and resonant while the 22-fret set mahogany neck with bound rosewood fretboard is satin-smooth and dishes out sweet sustain. A master volume and master tone control 2 ACH-ST open-coil humbuckers with ceramic magnets.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Sapele top, back, and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • Two ACH-ST open-coil humbuckers with ceramic magnets
  • Master volume/tone
  • Case sold separately

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Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Type: Artcore set-in
  • Body: Sapele top/back/sides
  • Frets: Large frets
  • Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
  • Inlay: Pearl dot inlay
  • Bridge: ART1 bridge
  • NeckPU: ACH-ST
  • BridgePU: ACH-ST
  • HW Color: CH
  • Finishes: TRF, TKF
  • Pickups
  • Bridge Pickup
  • Name: ACH-ST
  • Model No: ACH-ST
  • Construction: Humbucking
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Description: Clean sounding with a rich harmonics.
  • Neck Pickup
  • Name: ACH-ST
  • Model No: ACH-ST
  • Construction: Humbucking
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Description: Clean sounding with a rich harmonics.
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IbanezArtcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (6)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Incredible Value

    For the money, this is a good guitar as is. With some mods, it is an INCREDIBLE guitar. I would like to give this guitar a five star rating just because it is...Read complete review

    For the money, this is a good guitar as is. With some mods, it is an INCREDIBLE guitar. I would like to give this guitar a five star rating just because it is such a great buy, but significant corners were cut in the making, most likely deliberately for the sake of price. This is understandable and expected in the world of mass produced guitars. Most notably, the tuners do not have a quality feel, the pickups are muddy, and whomever decided a flat finish was a good choice for sapele wood should take a closer look at the wood's natural properties and beauty. In my opinion, they used the flat finish as an excuse for not truly finishing the guitar, but instead, giving it a quick spray and sending it on its way. I was actually able to rub the excess clear coat off with the palm of my hand.

    Despite these details, this is a fantastic guitar for the price. Structurally, it is a wonderfully built instrument. The set neck feels terrific and plays well. The wood has a deep resonant tone when playing the instrument unplugged. Like mahogany, but a bit more crisp. Set-up from the factory was well done. I love the Ibanez ART bridge and tailpiece. It is very solid, quality hardware. Unplugged, the instrument sounds fantastic. It was this that lead me to invest in some pickups that would bring out the true potential of the guitar.

    I settled on the Dimarzio PAF 36th Anniversary for both the bridge and neck and don't think I could have made a better selection for this particular instrument. I also installed push-pull pots with coil split for the bridge and (while I was at it) the neck. The bridge split makes for a nicely defined single coil voice.

    Because I wanted to make this instrument look as good as it plays, I opted to have the finish sprayed over with a semi-gloss clear coat which brings out the deep red color and makes the grain of the wood pop, without going overboard. I also installed some tall chrome pickup rings. Despite the lack of a finer finish and opting for some lesser quality components, my thanks to Ibanez for making this instrument and selling it at a low price point. Better to need to upgrade components than not be able to afford the guitar at all.

    Where else can you get a sapele wood semi-hollow body, especially for this price? It's a unique offering and now, the most versatile, beautiful instrument I own.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not too bad for the money!

    I bought this guitar because I wanted to learn how to make some mods on my own. I found the guitar to be pretty good-over all. The workmanship and finish were all good and...Read complete review

    I bought this guitar because I wanted to learn how to make some mods on my own. I found the guitar to be pretty good-over all. The workmanship and finish were all good and the there were no sharp fret ends like you find on most cheap guitars. This a good guitar for anyone whos wants a Jazz/Blues ES335 type body for not a lot of money. Musicians Friend gave me a good discount; and that made it even better. You should always check their website for deals and sales. I plan to change out the pick-ups and the tuners on my own to see if I can make the mods myself. If not I'll give to a pro to make the changes. But in the mean time I changed the strings and it really plays well. I even like the sparse, flat finish-it nice and done well. This is a nice guitar to play around with and you can upgrade later and make it even nicer. With a few updates, this guitar could be a smoker. But it's still great to play just the way it is!...

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    4.0

    Plays like buttah!

    By pjcorn

    from Minneapolis

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Playing It

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    I needed a real simple, good guitar and I scored with this one. It plays great and sounds really cool. I was surprised at how easy it plays way up the neck. I can get a decent high G bar chord, no sweat!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Can't get a better deal for the money

    By Ray

    from Upstate New York

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is a steal. I have had mine for almost 2 years now (transparent red), and besides the sharp fret ends, I started to notice notes fretting-out above the 12th fret. I do my own set-ups and minor work, so having the proper leveling files and dressing files I was able to fix the issues I mentioned by filing down and polishing several frets at the top of the neck as well as filing the fret ends to eliminate sharp ends. Now it plays great. Also I have noticed that because of the extremely flat neck contour and consequent "flex", that it does not like light gauge strings - I had been using .009's (high E) and noticed that string pitch changed dramatically when pressure is applied to the neck - changed to .010's and do not have this problem. Overall this is a great guitar with beautiful wood - sapele is actually in the mahogany family and the grain is spectacular - several reviewers on other sites have expressed dislike with the satin finish, but I find it very appealing and because of the lack of clear coat I believe the sound and resonance is better. This is a good guitar with decent pickups as is, but it would be a fantastic platform for those wishing to replace pickups with something a bit hotter. Overall I am very pleased with this guitar and it is far and above a much nicer guitar than the Epiphone DOT which is the only other semi-hollowbody in this price range. Just be aware of the thin neck and it's inability to handle light gauge strings.

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Damage report in guitar received

    By Nadir

    from Doral, Miami. Florida.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          Good night!
          I received the guitar, thank you very much for everything. I have a claim, the black switch came broken. I have attached two photos of the damage. how could you help me?

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Best guitar I ever bought

          By buzz

          from Cincinnati, OH

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            I bought this guitar because of the good reviews across the net and the price was right. I turned out to be better than I expected. First thing I did was replace the strings with a set of D'Addario light gauge wound 3rd and adjusted the intonation a bit. I've had a few higher priced quitars that were very good but this just feels right in my hands.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not too bad for the money!

            By Gregory

            from Philly, PA

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            I bought this guitar because I wanted to learn how to make some mods on my own. I found the guitar to be pretty good-over all. The workmanship and finish were all good and the there were no sharp fret ends like you find on most cheap guitars. This a good guitar for anyone whos wants a Jazz/Blues ES335 type body for not a lot of money. Musicians Friend gave me a good discount; and that made it even better. You should always check their website for deals and sales. I plan to change out the pick-ups and the tuners on my own to see if I can make the mods myself. If not I'll give to a pro to make the changes. But in the mean time I changed the strings and it really plays well. I even like the sparse, flat finish-it nice and done well. This is a nice guitar to play around with and you can upgrade later and make it even nicer. With a few updates, this guitar could be a smoker. But it's still great to play just the way it is!...

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good guitar for the money.

            By Odd Todd

            from New Orleans

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Looking I Think
            • Great Neck Good Fretwork
            • Plays Well
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Bridge Or Tail Rattles
            • Tuners Aren't Very Good

            Best Uses

            • Blues
            • Jamming
            • Jazz
            • Practicing
            • Rock
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            Not bad for the money. Sound is okay, could be a bit better. So you get what you pay for. Tuners not so good and will be replaced. Bridge/tailpiece rattles a little bit from time to time. I like this guitar and will upgrade it soon. Still, blew the Epiphone Dot studio out of the water! If you can wait to spend a bit more, you will probably be much happier.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Incredible Value

            By Bruno

            from Cedar Falls, IA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Craftsmanship
            • Good Feel
            • Great Neck

            Cons

            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

              For the money, this is a good guitar as is. With some mods, it is an INCREDIBLE guitar. I would like to give this guitar a five star rating just because it is such a great buy, but significant corners were cut in the making, most likely deliberately for the sake of price. This is understandable and expected in the world of mass produced guitars. Most notably, the tuners do not have a quality feel, the pickups are muddy, and whomever decided a flat finish was a good choice for sapele wood should take a closer look at the wood's natural properties and beauty. In my opinion, they used the flat finish as an excuse for not truly finishing the guitar, but instead, giving it a quick spray and sending it on its way. I was actually able to rub the excess clear coat off with the palm of my hand.

              Despite these details, this is a fantastic guitar for the price. Structurally, it is a wonderfully built instrument. The set neck feels terrific and plays well. The wood has a deep resonant tone when playing the instrument unplugged. Like mahogany, but a bit more crisp. Set-up from the factory was well done. I love the Ibanez ART bridge and tailpiece. It is very solid, quality hardware. Unplugged, the instrument sounds fantastic. It was this that lead me to invest in some pickups that would bring out the true potential of the guitar.

              I settled on the Dimarzio PAF 36th Anniversary for both the bridge and neck and don't think I could have made a better selection for this particular instrument. I also installed push-pull pots with coil split for the bridge and (while I was at it) the neck. The bridge split makes for a nicely defined single coil voice.

              Because I wanted to make this instrument look as good as it plays, I opted to have the finish sprayed over with a semi-gloss clear coat which brings out the deep red color and makes the grain of the wood pop, without going overboard. I also installed some tall chrome pickup rings. Despite the lack of a finer finish and opting for some lesser quality components, my thanks to Ibanez for making this instrument and selling it at a low price point. Better to need to upgrade components than not be able to afford the guitar at all.

              Where else can you get a sapele wood semi-hollow body, especially for this price? It's a unique offering and now, the most versatile, beautiful instrument I own.

              Comment on this review

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Incredible

              By Lionheart23

              from Springville,Utah

              About Me Novice

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                I started playing guitar when I was about 14, but all I had in my house were acoustic guitars. So, I started going to a few guitar shops, pulling a few decently-priced, nice sounding guitars off of the wall. I had been to three or four different stores and had tried fender, epiphone, johnson, but none of them had the right tone for me. Then one day, I walked into a local shop that I hadn't been into and saw this guitar on the wall. I asked if I could get a chord and test it. It was absolutely perfect. It has fantastic clarity, great playability and responsiveness, gorgeous looks (if you care about that sort of thing), and great pickups. I love this guitar and would recommend it to any beginning electric guitarist, especially if they are looking for a versatile guitar. Fantastic value, I will never regret buying this guitar.

                Comment on this review

                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love this guitar!

                By mikester

                from Coastal Mississippi

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Great Craftsmanship
                • Solid Electronics
                • Sound quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                  I am just a beginning guitarist, but have been highly impressed with the quality and sound of this guitar. Bought based on favorable reviews and have not been disappointed.

                  Comment on this review

                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Much nicer than other jazz guitars in the same price range

                  Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                  "Oveall" this is a really decent stripped down jazz guitar. I won't hesitate to play it live or record with it. The value is fantastic. The pots, tuners, bridges and frets are all good quality. The bare wood grain (if you peek into the f holes) looks very nice.

                  I think that if you spent twice as much you may get a guitar that is 15% better.

                  My AS53......



                  Solid center block jazz guitar with semi hollow body & f holes.Neck profile is not slender (good for me I like like a bulkier neck)Single volume & tonr knob for both pickups (I like the single knobs - the pickups are hot and I can clean up my tone by rolling back the single volume knob - funtionality)Satin sapele body - feels good - sounds openFYI - the black model is dark brown sapele with black stain rubbed on - it's more brown than blackI gave it a 9 because ethey simply painted the Ibanez logo on the headstock
                  stays in tunefit & finish is very goodtone is very warm when you play clean and the gain is great if you overdrive itthis is a serious stripped down jazz guitarI own 7 Gibson guitars and the quality of this Ibanez surprised me (it's my first Ibanez guitar in 23 years)
                  I compared the Ibanez to an Epi DOT. The Ibanez had better pots, better bridge, better tuners, the fret dressing was better on the Ibanez, the wood grain was prettier on the Ibanez.

                  Fantastic value.

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