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Ibanez Artcore AS83 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

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The semi-acoustic Ibanez AS83 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar is at home in jazz, rock or R&B. It's one of the Artcore Deluxe Models with high-end looks ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great choice for the player who wants to do it all.

The semi-acoustic Ibanez AS83 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar is at home in jazz, rock or R&B. It's one of the Artcore Deluxe Models with high-end looks and appointments at an intermediate price. 3-piece Artcore deluxe neck; classy flamed maple top, back, and sides; and large frets for easy playability.

  • 3 piece artcore dx neck
  • Flamed maple top/back/sides
  • Large frets
  • Art1 and Ach2 bridge pickups
  • Ach1 neck pickup

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By Jason Felker

from California

first off i have owned just about every kind of guitar there is. this guitar is the BEST guitar you WILL EVER PLAY and its only a little over 4 hundred bucks. i have owned and played guitars priced at 5 times this guitar and i would choose this one hands down everytime. action is great, tone is outstanding and you cant beat the price with stick! you will NOT be disapointed!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


AS-83 Ibanez review

By Old Man Dan

from Springfield Mo

I own one, and this is really my 3rd Ibanez, the first two were the original Ibanez semi-hollow bodies, which had more "neck tilt" then the newer AS-83. I like the neck tilt to be as straight as possible that a bridged guitar can have, so this is an asset and the neck is simply great. Do I like my Ibanezes? Heck Yes ! I have three now and I am now collecting them as these guitars are well worth the dough. I grew up on the Gibson 335, and the originals were nice and at one time they only cost $350 bucks new. And that was in 1965. The quality was exceptional, but today, hey, these Ibanez guitars are a favorite in my collections. My main guitar I play is this same model the AS-83, and I simply love this guitar. I have many others, why I don't know but I have been playing Les Paul stuff and Beatles since 1955. Long Time.But no guitar makes you famous, belive me. How you play makes you famous. And just get a decent guitar and spend more on the amp. I have now owned 136 guitars, and out of all of them, I feel the Ibanez is about as good as anything in my collection. BUY ONE, and keep it as they will be higher priced in the future, and don't worry about "made in China", as mine is, this guitar is flawless and as well built as any guitar I have ever owned, and I am frankly impressed with the quality I am seeing in Ibanez products ! I have many American guitars that are NOT as good in finish as this Ibanez, so I just don't see how they do it and make any money! Remember...practice practice and practice.. In my bands we had five hour practices three nights a week, and it is really work to get it right, so when you get your band together, remember to keep it a business...Make MONEY ! Best Wishes and thanks to this company, worlds best guitar store ! Dan Callahan- ( 50th year of playing guitar I got blisters on my fingers ! Ouch !)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A piece of Work

By George-zufMS

from Winston-Salem, NC

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This is a great buy for anyone, it sounds great and plays nice and smooooth. Really looks great too, i didnt know whether to frame it or play it!! I didnt have to break the bank buying it either.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Ibanez gift to wage slaves

By PaleRyder777

from crossroads

Don't let made in China deceive you, once you see it up close you will treat it as china. Requires better tuners/saddle/tremolo but the pick ups are alright. Way, way, way better than the Epi Dot. Excellent sustain for wailing. Resonant as any other semi-hollow. Best use of a paycheck ever! I keep it slung low and the strings hevy. But this girl will do it anyway you want it done!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Artcore AS-83 Violin Sunburst

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I purchased this guitar used and had one of the machine heads go bad so I replaced all of them with Schallers. Great move! The fit and finish is awesome. The hardware leaves a bit to be desired, but what do you want for the price? The Gibson ES-335 sells for over 5 times the price! I plan to install Gibson 57 classic and classic plus pickups next. My goal is to have an ES-335 sounding machine for far less money.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Well worth it

By Andrew-iYdhI

from Denton Texas

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I have owned this guitar for a year now and have a lot of stage experience with it. At first I was not happy with this guitar as I favored the strat, but after my playing improved and I got a better amp I realized how good this guitar really is. The stock humbuckers do not need to be changed, I was suprized at how good they sounded. This guitar is absolutly beautiful and I have never expeirienced any feedback problems even on the bridge pickup. Listen the times have changed and guitars dont have to be $2000 to be good. The feel of the neck can rival any guitar on the market. For the price you should at least give this instrument a second look, you wont be disappointed.


Gorgeous guitar

By errnjohn

from Auburndale, FL

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I started playing with a strat. Then got a solid body with dual humbuckers. So I needed a hollow body to make me well rounded. This guitar sounds beautiful. Bright sound with great sustain. The neck and overall body contours are very comfortable. And you just can't beat the value ($$$) of this guitar.



By von-y6i1S

from Washington DC

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I use this guitar in a post punk/metal band (with a Traynor YCV40 and EH Big Muff) and it puts out some crushing tone. I use the bridge pick-up and it sounds too sweet for words. Just looking at the rig you wouldn't expect to get these tones, but this guitar is so easy to play, is built solid and sounds fantastic on every note. Out of all the guitars I own, have owned or have played this one rates up near the top of the best all around guitar. I would buy another right away if something was to happen to it... LOVE this guitar!!!


Most Underrated Guitar Ever

By Gordon1984

from Norfolk, VA

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When you think semi-hollow, you think what they advertise: jazz, R&B, and light rock; but this guitar can not only handle those clean tones you want, but can crunch it out as good as any other solid-body guitar when it comes to metal. I own a Traynor 80-watt tube amp and a 15-watt Marshall amp, and when I turn the dials to get that hard edge we all crave, it always sounds good. Aside from looking gorgeous, THIS GUITAR CAN DO IT ALL!!



By Norm

from Sacramento, CA

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This is a stunning guitar. Gorgeous finish, great tone. Best semi-hollow I've ever played. Period.


Nice choice

By Tune ripper

from TYLER, TX

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I went to the vintage guitar show in Arlington Texas on Oct.15th, and of all the guitars there, this one stuck out. I used to have an AF85 but was never really ok with the floating bridge on it. This guitar, with its fixed ajustable bridge and stopbar tailpiece is just what I needed. I could not believe Ibanez came out with a guitar that plays as well as this one does for so few bucks. I have played it every day and will most likely make this one a keeper. The violin finish is a plus also. I'm glad I finally found this one, it rounds out my collection nicely. I gave it a 9 rating across the board because I believe anything has room for improvement, but this one is a solid choice.





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After having this guitar for two years. I think it is safe to say that I know if it is any good or not. I ordered this from MF over two years ago and I am just as pleased with it today, as the day it arrived. This is a low pirced semi hollow body guitar that thinks it cost more. The sound is smooth for that blues sound, if that is what you want. As a test. I played a dirty riff with my Gibson Les Paul Classic (nearly $2.000.00). I recored it on my JamMan loop station. I then took the same settings and played the Ibanez and recored it. When I played the tracks back. Most people wouldn't have noticed the difference between the Ibanez and the Les Paul. It is easy to play, has a great acoustic sound if you have the right pedal to produce it. You can be happy if you make the decision to buy this guitar.


Another great Ibanez guitar

By Vern Priest

from Dearborn, MI

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This is my second Ibanez Artcore series guitar in the last year and I am still impressed with the quality of these guitars (I also have the AF85VLS). I was a Fender/Gibson man until trying the Ibanez Artcores. Because I already had an AF85 I almost didn't buy the 83. I actually went to the local Guitar Center to buy the Epiphone Sheraton because I wanted a good, reasonable priced 335 style semi-hollow. It too is a nice guitar, but is much heavier than the AS83, does not have as nice a finish and was 40% more money. The salesman actually recommended the cheaper 83 as the superior choice. The 83 and the Sheraton were very close in tone and playability. The 83 sounded good both clean and distorted out of the 120watt Crate amp on the salesfloor. Once home the guitar got more impressive. The set-up was pretty perfect right off the rack (the best of any guitar I've purchased). The action was low with no buzz, pickup volumes were equal and intonation was good. I switched tuning keys and put on heavier strings the first day so small adjustments to intonation were required but within 15 of tweaking it was perfect. Plugged into both a Fender Blues Jr. tube amp and my Line6 Spider 210, this guitar shined. The sustain was miles ahead of it's fully hollow brother the AF85. The guitar is very comfortable to play both sitting and standing. The pictures of this guitar do not give justice to the real thing. The pictures seem dull and unimpressive, but in person this guitar is a beauty. The finishes on the Artcore VLS's is what impresses me the most. My only complaints about both of my Artcores has been the tuning keys. The Epiphone comes with Grovers but thses come with a Gotoh look-alike. I replaced them with real Gotoh locking tuners (they match up perfectly with existing holes)and it made a world of difference. I would also have like to had larger frets. Overall, there is no better hollow or semi-hollow body guitars out there. The AS83 is such a complete package for my style music I'm actually selling the 85 on Instrument Exchange. I haven't even picked up my treasured Strat since I bought the 83. Also, get the matching case. It is a perfect fit and is a very high quality case for the same money as most other hardshell cases.


photos don't do this guitar justice!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this photo doesn't capture the pure beauty of this work of art. i've owned ibanez guitars and basses for the past 12 years and this by far is the best priced guitar for the quality and craftmanship. stop reading these reviews and go play one today!


Light and Easy

By Rig Rocker

from Gulfport, Mississippi

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The sound is clean and true. Feels great while playing.


Ibanez AS83 Violin Sunburst


from Brooklyn, NY

This guitar has great feel and tone, and I am completely satisfied with those aspects. However, the finish on the guitar looks nothing like the beautiful photo posted. The top on my AS83 is not even nearly as nice, and is simply not a choice piece of wood. The price however is truly awesome for the quality and worksmanship that Ibanez has instilled in the creation of this great Gibson 335 clone.I do, and would reccomend this guitar to my students, and colleagues.I play Chassidic Jazz, Funk, Bebop and Rock, with lot's of pedals, and this guitar sounds great through all of them, and my Polytone Mini-Brute II.


Boogis Ruse Choice Guitar

By Mrmojofknrisin

from Hampton Bays, NY

Everything about this guitar is phenomenal. The sound is fantastic to the point where for the price, as long as it will last, I see no reason to purchase another guitar. Great playability which at least personally fits my hand perfectly all throughout the neck. Possibly a slight adjustment may be required in the pick ups, if you find the tone is too "bassey" on the lows (personal opinion). Sentimental value of this guitar unquestionably reaches a "10", if not higher. The term "Art" in this line is absolutely appropriate for the finish is the most beautiful I have seen. I owe my limited expertise of the instrument and my band's amazing progress to the AS83. Perfection.


Outstanding value and Quality for the Dollar

By WillieD Whitebluesguy

from Williamstown, MA

This guitar is an astounding value for the dollar. Outstanding. Flawless finish, frets that feel like hand lapped glass, figured maple back and belly, bound edges and neck with abalone inlays within a border of mother of pearl. Knocks eyes out on first viewing. Heavy block of wood through the entire body for sustain and feedback resistance; this does a pretty fine job of being a neck-through construction. Pickups that rival guitars costing more than $1000. I have played everything from Hendrix to BB King on mine and it does not disappoint. It is seducing me away from my Stratocaster and my tricone. Only soft spot are the tuners which are questionable, but so far, they hold. Can't beat this one with a stick!


Yeah, an Ibanez.

By JasonKnowsAll

from Appleton, Wisconsin

Wow, after going back and forth between Epiphone and Gretsch while looking for a semi-hollowbody, I saw the AS-83 up on the wall, "Hey, lemme try that." I said to the guy at Guitar Center. I bought it that same day. It blew away everything I had been strumming and crunching for the last few weeks and it is drop......dead......gorgeous. The tuners will get replaced, but otherwise, perfect. I play rock and alt-country and if I wanted to, I could easily play punk with it. The sound rivals my brother's 335. He could have bought 4 AS-83s. I suggest you do so!


An exceptionally hollow guitar

By Omegaman

from Redondo Beach, CA

I got my AS83 as a gift. My professional guitarist friend picked out this Ibanez model at a guitar store when I asked him what semi-hollow he would buy for the money or less. He plays in a swing band and plays a custom made Gibson. I also own a Squire "Strat" Stagemaster that I picked up cheap to learn on. It's actually not a bad guitar, but I wanted something with more resonance and better tone. The other reviews here are spot on... you must see the finish on the AS83 in person to appreciate it. It's beautiful. The overall finish on mine is spotless and looks rich. The quality of the components seems pretty high too. I ordered mine from MusiciansFriend and am very pleased. The action was good as it came, but I lowered it a tad and it's perfect now. I also bought a Vox AD15 Valvetronix amp to go with it. I really like the combo and my guitarist friend says it was a great choice. I know I gave it high marks, but if it was lost or stolen, I wouldn't hesitate to get another.

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