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Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar  

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  • HH PU configuration
  • Great finish options
  • Chrome hardware
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A classic shape served up with stunning finishes.

With a 22-fret set mahogany neck, bound rosewood fretboard, and pearl dot inlays, the Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar dishes out satin-smooth tone and sweet sustain. The double-cutaway, all-maple body is strong, resonant, and — with its fantastic finish options — very easy on the eyes. Chrome-finished hardware on the Ibanez AS73 ncludes ACH humbuckers, ART1 bridge, and tuners.

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Features

  • HH PU configuration
  • Great finish options
  • Chrome hardware

You don't see many guitars this tasty in this price range. Order now and get yours.

 

Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Artcore set mahogany neck
  • Double-cutaway, all-maple body
  • 22 frets
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • ART1 bridge
  • ACH1 humbucker (neck)
  • ACH2 humbucker (bridge)
  • Pearl dot inlay
  • Chrome hardware
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IbanezArtcore AS73 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 149 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Recording (8)
    • Jamming (7)
    • Small venues (6)
    • Rock concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A fine instrument

    Almost perfect. So what's wrong? The AS73 comes with the action set too high, and clumsy, heavyweight strings. So the initial impression you get when you first play it is entirely...Read complete review

    Almost perfect. So what's wrong? The AS73 comes with the action set too high, and clumsy, heavyweight strings. So the initial impression you get when you first play it is entirely wrong.

    But put a reasonable set of strings on it, bring the action down to the point the precision neck is designed to allow, and now you have a guitar that is easily the equal, actually the superior if we're being totally honest, of instruments priced many times what the Artcore AS73 costs.

    The problem, such as it is, can be remedied within minutes of taking the instrument out of the box, and at that point the AS73 is essentially perfect. The sad thing is that less experienced players won't know how to do this -- so they won't get the results the instrument is capable of. I knocked a point off for this.

    The cherry finish is to die for, smooth, clear and strong; the sound is resonant and offers significant sustain; the output is high, able to drive classic tube amps and modern units alike into the danger zone; the tuners are stable and easy to use; the instrument itself is surprisingly light (there's that hollow body working for you) and the neck is both speedy and offers the wonderful consistency we've been seeing lately, ever since machines took over the difficult job of getting them straight.

    I know there's a segment of the musical crowd that worships hand-made gear, but in the case of guitar necks, that exactly the wrong way to go. Play one of these and see what modern technology can do for you.

    This is my third Ibanez; I presently own over seventy guitars and basses, not to mention those I've previously owned, and the Ibanez instruments are, hands-down, the best instruments in my collection. Keepers in every sense of the word, and built far above their apparent class. Highly, highly recommended.
    Everything you actually need. I would be happy to purchase an upgraded instrument with locking tuners and fine-tuning at the bridge, however. Those without bending skills will miss a whammy bar. I don't -- that's the first thing I remove from a any guitar I own.
    Perfect. It is difficult for me to imagine how an instrument of this quality can be sold at this price.
    Extreme. Probably the best dollar-for-instrument ratio of any guitar I've ever owned.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Miles from gibson quality

    I think its sad that you just cant find a good hollowbody guitar for under 2grand. I play this guitar for my high school jazz choir, and it is always joked at because it...Read complete review

    I think its sad that you just cant find a good hollowbody guitar for under 2grand. I play this guitar for my high school jazz choir, and it is always joked at because it wont hold tune worth a darn. I am planning on buying some grover tuners and a regular gibson stopbar to see if I can keep it in tune. Other than that, the guitar sounds great for jazz, swing, fusion, latin, blues, rock, etc.

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    5.0

    Just an update

    By The Straydog

    from Western Pa.

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

      This is an update on this great guitar. Since 2008 when I purchased this guitar I have changed pickups to '57 Classic in the bridge and '57 Classic+ in the neck. This change really brought this guitar alive. No other electronics were changed but the pickups make a huge difference. Best money I've spent in a long time. If you have the money go for a pickup change and breath new life into a great guitar.

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      4.0

      artcore

      By The Player

      from Rock Cave,West Virginia

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Stays in tune
      • Very reliable

      Cons

      • Pick Ups Are Awful
      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

      excellent guitar great quality. only complaint are the pick ups. I have had this guitar for almost four years

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The AS73: Hard to Beat

      By Spiffarino

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rhythm And Blues
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

        This is a very playable guitar with a solid feel and good electronics. Pots and switches make no noise even after a few years of continuous play.
        The neck is pretty fast, the guitar looks good, and the frets have a nice feel. I've pondered a while, but can't think of anything about it I don't like.

        It's my favorite rhythm guitar and with a price low enough to make it guilt-free. If you need a hollow body and would rather not take out a loan, the Artcore will make you a very happy guitar player.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        They Got It Right.

        By Big Jim 57

        from USA

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              Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

              First off, Gibson semi-hollows are way too expensive these days. I can't come up with a King's ransom for a real 335. Plus, Gibson 335's come from the Memphis factory now, and let's just say that they're not the same as the old ones. The Epiphone Dot was OK, I've owned a couple, but was still not too happy. I decided to try the Ibanez Artcore AS-73 and was pleasantly surprised. I now own three of them and am saving to get the 12-string version, too. I've been a very serious guitarist since I was a kid and I'm 55 now. I was a luthier for many years, too. Let me say that in all my experiences, I haven't run across a better value than the AS-73. It will do nearly any kind of music, and has a pretty hot bridge pickup that cranks the distortion pretty heavily. The neck is flat and wide for ease of bending the strings. It is so easy to play. Some people will gripe about anything, but I don't understand some of the reviewers with complaints on here. I've seen a lot of these and they are very consistent. You could do much worse than this guitar.

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              5.0

              Awesome!!!

              By Love Blues Tone

              from Roanoke, VA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • everything

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

                This baby smokes. Plays like a dream and tone you won't believe. Ibanez has got this one right. Now don't buy it to play metal!!! Many who buy and play Ibanez are looking for that and I stayed away from this guitar because I had had a Ibanez electric a few years ago liked the feel but it screamed. Listened to a friend who said try this one you will be surpised. Well she is at home. Black gleems the pictures do not do it justice. Way better than Epiphone's Dot and at the same price.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Value, Great Sound, But Work To Do

                By Across The River

                from Mahwah NJ

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Set Up Is Poor
                • Tuning Keys Suck

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

                Ignore all the comments about substandard pickups - I would never change the stock pickups on this model. They have a unique, smoky growl that sounds awesome when plugged into my AC-30. I don't use ANY distortion pedals at all, just a little echo. The tone is just perfect.

                Playability and a cool look are there as well.

                But.. to get it where I was happy took some work and you should expect the same.

                First, intonation out of the box was off. Second, action was WAY too high. Third, the nut was way too high, which has the effect of sharping the first few frets. Fourth, the frets are too high, about 30% higher than my strat (I had them sanded down), and lastly the tuning keys would slip, particularly in high humidity situations, so impossible to keep in tune for an entire hard-strumming song.

                So, in the end you'll need to spend a bit more to address all this stuff.

                I'm more than happy with the result, for this price range. But make no mistake, it's not going to be wonderful out of the box.

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                4.0

                good sounding, versatile guitar

                By Ken R

                from Virginia , USA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

                  Very comfy to play, great sound for Beatles tunes and blues.

                  I tried out similar guitars from other brands in this price range and felt that this one was the best all around guitar in this price range.

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                  4.0

                  great, versatile semi hollow body

                  By Ken R

                  from Virginia , USA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to play
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

                    This is a great guitar for Beatles, blues, classic rock. I like being able to pick it up to play unamplified too.

                    It is very comfy to play and gets you a lot of that ES-335 vibe. I can see why the designers of the original went with this shape, its very comfy, much like a dreadnaught guitar, but a thinner body. It is a little wider than most electrics, but is lighter weight than a typical solid body.

                    I don't have any big issues with the tuning or it not staying in tune. I have one in a vintage burst finish, looks very classy. I may swap out the knobs and pickup tip at some point, but just for cosmetic reasons.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    L.O.V.E.

                    By deltatwins

                    from Farmington, MI

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    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 Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

                      Traded in my blue Ibanez Gretsch copy for this Gibson copy in stunning red. Other than putting on different strings and maybe tweaking the action a tad, I've done nothing to it and do not want to do anything because it sounds FLIPPIN' FANTASTIC for all my purposes. I play blues, jazz, Americana, and rock, and this friend serves up the tone just the way I like. Whether direct to a tube amp or though a POD XT or Vox ToneLab, it shimmers and rocks and jangles and makes me smile.

                      I'd much rather have five of these as backups than one single Gibson version.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A real hidden gem!

                      By lespaul56

                      from Jonesboro, AR

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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 Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

                      I bought this guitar used at my local gear shop, so the action and the strings were different than what comes stock. I didn't even need to think about the buy, it sounded THAT good. There were other semi and full hollowbodies in that shop that sounded good, but this one has a certain...twang that really tickles my eardrums. It cleans up VERY well with the volume set low, and both pickups have great tonal qualities at any point on the tone pots. My only con is that between the 17th and the 20th fret there's a lot of work that needs to be done; the notes get choked off and there's literally no sound. Getting some fretwork done would easily fix that problem, though. Other than that minor flaw, it's a masterpiece. The dark cherry over the grain of the wood is gorgeous to look at, and just as fun to play. It's definitely going to stay with me for years to come.

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