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Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar

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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
Case sold separately

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

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
 
4.9

(based on 157 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Recording (13)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (3)

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Just an update

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...Read complete review

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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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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(15 of 15 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.

(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A fine instrument

By Bennie the Bouncer

from USA

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

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.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best deal for the $$$$$$

By Ol' Zeke

from Flatlands

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

My wife found my AS73 on line used and kept at me until I went to look at it. Already owning 5 other nice guitars ( 1 Taylor and 4 Fenders) I reluctantly went to look at this foreign knockoff of a ES335. I must admit it was love at first touch, brought it home put new strings on it and haven't put it down since. I play classic rock and contemporary praise and worship, and the sound this guitar provides is amazing. I always wanted a 335 but due to lack of funds never realized that dream until now. The action is low and fast and the big semi-hollow body sound is incredible. Don't take my word for it, go play one and decide for yourself, this guitar truly is the best deal out there for the money. Go ahead, buy it, play it, you'll love it. I've had mine for about a year and seriously thinking about another one just for backup. I know my Tele misses me.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Wonderful Guitar

By Marc Velez

from New Jersey

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

This guitar served as my entry into jazz, and it's done incredbily well for that purpose. It provides the versatility to venture into other styles as I see fit, but also handles my focus wonderfully. If you're serious about what you do, you'll probably want to upgrade at some point -- I think every guitarist will want a new guitar one day. But even when I get my hands on a full hollowbody jazzbox, I'll be sure to keep this one around for years and years. It's just that nice to play.
Two humbuckers, three way switch, two tone controls knobs, and two volume control knobs. That just screams a wide variety of tones without even taking amp into consideration.
I haven't had the luxury of playing many expensive guitar models, but this guitar has never made me feel that I had to. Playing it's wonderful. Unplugged, it sounds fine and provides the ability to practice quietly. Plugged in, the features give you the ability to dial in any sound you want and you're assured it'll be pleasing. It's built well, no finish problems. Nearly a year later, I can't believe I only paid $400 guitar -- whatever Ibanez is doing with the Artcore guitars, they're doing something great. The AF series -- the full hollowbody line -- is comparable in quality.
I think I hit this in the quality section, but I don't have any problems saying that this guitar is built with quality well beyond its price. Incredible value.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ABSOLUTELY GREAT FOR THE PRICE

By GLENN

from CHILLICOTHE, MO

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Pros

  • Early Rock-a-billy
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Well made

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

    PERFECT FINISH, FRET WORK, BINDINGS, ELECTRONICS. FOR THE MONEY, THIS IBANEZ WINS HAND DOWN. ACH PUs WILL DELIVER YOUR SOUNDS, EQ YOUR AMP AND ADJUST YOU PU HEIGHT, THE SOUNDS ARE THERE. THANKS IBANEZ FOR GIVING US PLAYERS A NICE LOOKING AND WELL MADE SEMI HOLLOW. YOU WON'T BE SORRY OWNING ONE.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

      (6 of 6 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.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Ibanez kills it again.

        By Skip

        from Tahoe Vista, CA

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        Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

        Absolutely awesome guitar for the price. The details and finish are top notch. I was fortunate enough to get one used, Level 4 for around $150 the needed repair to the heel took me less than 20 minutes to do, but then Im not afraid to do those sort of things. If youre looking for a semi-hollow to tinker with this is a great place to start, especially if you can pick up a used or B stock unit. A few observations for anyone looking:

        The strings that came on mine ran from .054 to .009 a very heavy bottom and light top and they sounded way too boomy for me. Replaced with a standard light set .046-.010 for a much better balance from end to end.

        The stock pickups arent bad at all, but just for grins & giggles I threw in an old Dimarzio PAF and Dual Sound I had lying around (70s vintage stuff). Nice, but not quite the ticket for me, so I took the nickel covers off the stockers and threw them back in. Wow! Maybe its because the stockers are ceramic, but taking the covers off made a very noticeable difference. Lots more air and detail. Still not the best dynamic range or sensitivity, but definitely usable. Be forewarned if youre planning on doing this, the coil covers are stone white, which actually doesnt look all that bad with the black rings but doesnt match the cream bindings. I measured the DC impedance of the pups off the guitar: 8.4 neck and 15.6 bridge. Ill be shopping for some new units for this once Im sure what direction I want to go.

        Setup out of the box was pretty good I did tweak the action height and intonation after changing the strings, but it was entirely playable right off the bat. Frets were also a little rough along the edges, but not dangerously so.

        Bottom line for a first instrument itd be brilliant. As an alternate axe or to expand the quiver its just as brilliant. I dont much like buying from China, but buying MFs needs repair stuff has become one of my favorite pastimes. This one's a keeper, and well on it's way to becoming the one that sits by my desk as the doodle mule.
        Your basic 335 emulation - nothing to write home about.
        I've seen lesser quality instruments with high end price tags on them.
        Mind boggling. . .

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A really nice instrument for the money

        By Frank

        from California

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        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Solid Electronics
        • Stays in tune

        Cons

        • So-so Factory Setup

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

          After 2 years of playing my AS73 for mostly jazz and blues, I have really developed an appreciation for how nice of an instrument it is. I own several solid-body guitars, but this is my only semi-hollow body. Although I have toyed with the thought of replacing the pickups, they really do sound nice with the proper amp settings. The neck feels great and the construction is solid with a really nice finish (I have it in sunburst). I noticed one reviewer who indicated that he is teased for it not staying in tune. I can say that short of practicing bends nonstop, mine stays solidly in tune for days at a time. I suspect cheap/worn strings may be the actual culprit rather than the guitar. Overall, it is an amazingly good value for the money and one I will be hanging on to for a long time.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simply amazing

          By Strummer &co.

          from NYC

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          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar 5 years ago. It was meant to be used mostlly as an acoustic by my wife who decided she wanted to strum some like she did when she was younger. However she didn't like it, because she felt the body was too large and heavy and the sound wasn't "acoustic" enough. And she was right. It is rather large and heavy and it's certainly not meant to be played unpluged, cause it's no louder than my solid body guitars. So the guitar was left to me. And I just love it. The neck is nice and fast, but not too thin, the body feels very comfortable both sitting and standing, the tuners hold just fine, as good as any other good quality guitar's. The tone is also fine. I've played through various amps both clean and distorted and I've never had any tone issues. I must say though, that if I was playing more live gigs I would have experimented with higher quality pickups, but for playing alone and jamming with friends I really can't justify replacing them. The looks of this guitar though, must be it's selling point. It's just out of this world. Nobody could believe that this guitar costs that little. It's simply stunning. A friend had brought his Dot once by the studio and it looked like a cheap piece of formica complared to the AS. It didn't sound any better either. The only thing that I'm not crazy about when it comes to this guitar is the bolt on the headstock. It's cheezy and it cheapens it. But on the bright side the new models have a new symbol (it resembles the Gibson one a little too much, but what can you do!) So, bottom line, if you're in the market for an inexpensive semi-hollow guitar, really, look no further. The AS73 is the one you want. You'll simply love it!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Value, Great Sound, But Work To Do

          By Across The River

          from Mahwah NJ

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          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.

          (3 of 3 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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Kept Secret in Hollowbodies!

          By Chris

          from Boston, MA

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          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

          I was highly impressed by what this particular Artcore model delivered: flawless, detailed construction with pickups that have real rock power and clarity, with wide versatility. The mid-priced PRS, Epi Casino, and Gretsch hollow-bodies, as well as the high-end Rick 330, all of which I owned, were outdone by this model. Try one.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This was made in China!?

          By Stratster321

          from Upstate NY

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          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

          This is the first time I've ever felt inclined to lave a product review.I have owned and/or played a wide array of guitars in my 31 year lifetime (Les Paul Studio, Kramer, Fender Mexican Strat, Ibanez artcore - the one with the Bigsby trem, etc.). My Strat always sounded thin to me, and after I hit the pickup switch one too many times while strumming, I decided to look for a new guitar. I've always been a 'one guitar at a time guy' - meaning, I don't stockpile my instruments - there's always just one electric in my possession at time, and that guitar must cover everything from classic rock, medal, jazz, rockabilly, etc., etc., etc. Cetainly much to ask of one guitar. The AS73 amazingly covers it all. Though I loved my first Artcore, I decided that the double-cutaway of the AS73 was better suited to my playing style. I can get some bite and picked harmonics off the bridge pickup, a rockabilly sound in the middle position, and a full, mellow jazz tone out of the neck pickup. The controls are very responsive and offer a lot of different tones. This guitar plays better, sounds better, and looks better than guitars three and four times its price. My friends always compliment it's beauty when I pull it out of the case. In my opinion, it's even better than the guitar that it was obviously modeled from, the Gibson 335. My only issue was that there initially was a small amount of string buzz out of the box; but after a quick bridge adjustment, everything was A-OK.A year ago, I would have NEVER considered owning a guitar that was made in China, but Ibanez's quality control is amazing. The guitar seems more like it was made by some American craftsman working at some small shop in the Ozark mountains or something. This is the guitar I've always wanted, even though it took me years to figure this out. It feels weird when I walk into a guitar store now because, unlike in years past, I'm not looking for that next 'perfect guitar'. This is the guitar that I'll be playing the rest of my life.Do yourself a favor and pick one up. You won't be dissapointed!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          as73 review

          By justanotherone

          from TN

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

          Let's start with the easy part. I have the brown sunburst. Gorgeous guitar. I could have bought it just on looks alone and been happy with the price, but it's more than just a looker. Almost every time I pick it up I STILL MARVEL AT THE FACT THAT IT WAS ONLY 300 BUCKS! What a steal. One small complaint: nut needs replacing just because it has a sharp corner that I don't like. That's why I gave it 4.5 instead of 5 on quality, which is sort of a nitpicky thing. Also, I might replace the pickups to get more of a vintage sound, but I can't consider that a big criticism of this guitar. That's just a sound I'd like to customize it to for what I tend to do. Having said that, this guitar really is pretty versatile. Nice semi-hollow sound that can be tweaked to do pretty much whatever you want depending on what you play it through. I put 11s on it for a fuller sound, but that's just a personal preference. Very playable neck. Feels very solidly built. Stays in tune pretty well, wanders a little if I do a lot of bending, but that's true of many guitars, and it has held up well so far (I've had it about 9 months now). I would get another just like it if something happened to mine. If you're thinking about it, it's really a pretty easy call. We're all lucky to have so many good instruments to choose from for not much $$$ these days, but this one really shines at its price point. I don't think there's a better deal out there for the price.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Artcore AS73

          By Tony Miller

          from Buffalo,NY

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

          I own 5 high end guitars: 2 Taylor acoustics, a 2001 American Strat, a 2006 Black Les Paul Studio, and my AS73. Why do I say 5 high end when the AS75 was a 300+ Christmas gift from my wife? Just play it. It is one of the finest sounding guitars you will play. I have always been a guitar snob; I'm a portly pig when it comes to most things, but not guitars. I had always planned on buying a ES335 to complete my collection, and maybe I will. I play all types of music blues/rock, metal, folk/acoustic and for the last 4 years I've been playing Jazz as well. I was watching a Gearge Benson concert DVD and I saw "Ibanez" on his headstock. Hum, one of the best Jazz guitarists IMO and he is playing Ibanez. Hum, I was watching PBS concert of Pat Metheny and again "Ibanez." If these greats are playing Ibanez, there must be something special right. Sure they play specially made Ibanez guitars, but the ARTCORE SERIES IS AWESOME!
          Review: It sounds fantastic, it feels confortable, it looks stunning, Just go do it, there is no question about it. ES335 love it, I don't need it. I may buy 3 more Artcore series. No Joke!!!
          For the price, there is no way you give say any less
          Go to any music store and try to find a handsome sunburst hollowbody, with a stunning pearl headstock, fo this price. Not happening!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very happy with this guitar.

          By Paul Chapman

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar about 6 months ago as a deeply discounted level 2 used from MF. They sent me one that was new-in-box because they could not locate the used one. As usual, great customer service from MF.

          I picked this guitar because I wanted a good neck and body for a good price that I could swap out all the electronics and hardware on. Instead, I got a guitar that didn't really need a lot of changes. I put some Stew-Mac pups in it because I wanted more of a dirty blues sound. However, if you like cleaner blues and jazz, the stock pups are great. I still have the stock ones to put back in if necessary. I am planning on putting a graphite nut in, and thats it. The tailpiece and bridge are fine. I am extremely happy with this guitar.
          Fit and finish is excellent, almost custom shop quality. Neck feels wonderful and plays like butter. Fretwork looks nice, no sharp edges. The pickups were a little weak for my tastes so I changed them. When I pulled the stock pups out I was pleasantly surprised at how well they were soldered in. The stock pots work very well and have nice, even changes as you turn them.
          I tried several different semi-hollows before I bought my AS73 in red from MF. In my experience this was the best one in its price range.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love This Guitar!

          By KevinDean

          from California

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          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

            I love this guitar! I wanted a Semi-Hollow Body for a while but couldn't afford a ES335. So, I bought an AS73 in white. The quality is great for the price and the tone is fantastic through my Blues Jr. I recently added a Bigsby B3 with a Towner Tension Bar. It is now a great guitar! Go try one out!

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The AS73: Hard to Beat

            By Spiffarino

            from Asheville, NC

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            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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              good sounding, versatile guitar

              By Ken

              from VA, 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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