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Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar  

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  • Artcore Set-In neck
  • 3pc. Maple/ Mahogany Neck Material
  • Flamed Maple top/ sides/back Body
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Great jazz blues sound from a semi-hollowbody.

The Ibanez Artcore AS93 is a semi-hollowbody electric guitar that goes for an amazingly affordable price plus you get the quality and tone you expect from Ibanez. After all, they're the guitar company with over four decades of experience making full and semi-acoustic guitars.

The Artcore AS93 features a 3-piece neck for additional stability and strength and stunning abalone inlays. Medium output Artcore pickups produce clear tones and work well with effects pedals.

Case sold separately

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features

  • Artcore Set-In neck
  • 3pc. Maple/ Mahogany Neck Material
  • Flamed Maple top/ sides/back Body
  • 22/Large frets
  • Bound Rosewood Finger Board
  • ART1 bridge
  • ACH1 (H) Neck PU
  • ACH2 (H) Bridge PU
  • Artcore DX Inlay
  • High quality gold hardware
  • Case sold separately

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IbanezArtcore AS93 Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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    (18)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)
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      • Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    TCB- Ibanez AS93

    I've played guitar, particularly electric, for over 45 years. In that time I've owned Fender, Rickenbacker, Gibson, Harmony, Aria, Hagstrom, Ibanez, et al. My style is a mix of...Read complete review

    I've played guitar, particularly electric, for over 45 years. In that time I've owned Fender, Rickenbacker, Gibson, Harmony, Aria, Hagstrom, Ibanez, et al. My style is a mix of Classical, Memphis Blues, Jazz, Rock, and Pop. At my stage of the game, my instruments are well maintained and not subject to the abuse of gigging and travel. Today my work is primarily writing and arranging (studio work) and the occasional live performance. Strings: Ernie Ball Regular Slinky (10-13-17-26-36-46). Tuning: Standard, Slide- Open D, E, and G. I've owned played an Ibanez 93 for ~2 years. I say all this so that the reader may calibrate the value of my words regarding the AS93.The fit, finish, playability, and sound quality are definitely in the league of Gibson Les Pauls and Ric 330's, if not a tad better. Certainly, the workmanship exhibits superior attention to detail. Great for my style of play- the pickups are probably a little too mild (not hot enough) for a diehard metal player. Then again, in my estimation a semi-hollow or hollow body isn't likely to be a metal player's first from the outset.The bridge could be machined better. The tuners are mainstream, a notch or two below the high-line models such as Gotoh and Grover. Nonetheless, I've experienced no problems with either.One of the pickups does emit a slight mechanical buzz, not uncommon in humbuckers with covers. The buzz isn't picked up by the electrics and is only noticeable in aggressive string attack while playing sans amp.A Strat or Tele player probably wouldn't be thrilled by the instrument. By nature, it's decidedly more of a Gibson or Gretsch player's guitar.Also, not a "sofa" guitar. The instrument is best played while standing or seated in an armless chair.My biggest complaint: choice of colors- I would have preferred Cherry Sunburst or Tobacco Sunburst.All in all, not a cheap, bottom end guitar. It's a great professional quality instrument that takes care of business.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Beautiful! But Looks aren't everything.

    A Decent Entry level/Budget Guitar. That is where the buck stops. I have been an avid Ibanez player for many years. Post Japan era, I have found many lower mid priced guitars...Read complete review

    A Decent Entry level/Budget Guitar. That is where the buck stops. I have been an avid Ibanez player for many years. Post Japan era, I have found many lower mid priced guitars to have declined in quality. So here's the scoop. The overall finish of the body, neck, headstock and fingerboard is very nice. The inlays are also strikingly appealing. However after just around an hour or so of playing I noticed the gold plating to be wearing where my palm rests. After this I also noticed some discoloration on many areas of the hardware which I thought to be tarnish. Upon trying to polish it up a bit I came to the conclusion that I was only begining to wear through the gold colored plating. ??? ... Wow!!! Another review mentioned something similar. I did get an awsome deal on this guitar so I'll keep it. I may eventually replace the hardware, or not. I am definitely going to have the frets polished to remove some very slight rough areas that affect bending notes. As another reviewer mentioned you might have to have some work done to get the guitar up to your own standards. The electronics are mediocre to say the least. It has mini pots which I find, tend wear and get scratchy much faster than the old style full size pots. Of course this remains to be seen. The pickups are okay but if I have this guitar for any period of time I will eventually replace them. I would have given 5 stars but inferior hardware is a minus and fretwork is another minus so 3 stars may be a little harsh but that is what I am rating. Consider it a high 3 or a 3.5 star rating.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful Guitar

    By blittle

    from New Orleans, LA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

      Stunningly beautiful guitar, played perfectly right out the box - no adjustments needed. Perfect for recording.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Solid Instrument

      By KingBaroque

      from Florida

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

          Like other Ibanez products I've handled, this guitar is just solid. The fit and finish are mostly top-notch. No blemishes, and the binding, frets, etc. are all solid.

          I did take some setting up in order to get reasonable action / pickup height / eliminate fret buzz, but that's just a normal part of new guitar experience.

          This thing plays nice and sounds just like I would expect it should.

          Overall, a nice guitar, well worth the price.

          Noteable pros are:
          - Build quality
          - Tuners are excellent
          - Pickups--from my research these are "Special Custom '58s" sound great

          Noteable issues:
          - "G" string appears to go out of tune easily; perhaps the nut needs attention, not sure
          - The vol/tone knobs feel a little cheap (slight off-axis wobble when turned, plus the plastic feels cheap), though they otherwise do their job fine.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Beautiful! But Looks aren't everything.

          By Tim (The Beast) Fausto

          from Desert Southwest USA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Fretwork Okay But Subpar
          • Hardware Plating Is Poor

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

          A Decent Entry level/Budget Guitar. That is where the buck stops. I have been an avid Ibanez player for many years. Post Japan era, I have found many lower mid priced guitars to have declined in quality. So here's the scoop. The overall finish of the body, neck, headstock and fingerboard is very nice. The inlays are also strikingly appealing. However after just around an hour or so of playing I noticed the gold plating to be wearing where my palm rests. After this I also noticed some discoloration on many areas of the hardware which I thought to be tarnish. Upon trying to polish it up a bit I came to the conclusion that I was only begining to wear through the gold colored plating. ??? ... Wow!!! Another review mentioned something similar. I did get an awsome deal on this guitar so I'll keep it. I may eventually replace the hardware, or not. I am definitely going to have the frets polished to remove some very slight rough areas that affect bending notes. As another reviewer mentioned you might have to have some work done to get the guitar up to your own standards. The electronics are mediocre to say the least. It has mini pots which I find, tend wear and get scratchy much faster than the old style full size pots. Of course this remains to be seen. The pickups are okay but if I have this guitar for any period of time I will eventually replace them. I would have given 5 stars but inferior hardware is a minus and fretwork is another minus so 3 stars may be a little harsh but that is what I am rating. Consider it a high 3 or a 3.5 star rating.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Love it!

          By KLAX

          from Tulsa, OK

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • QA Questionable

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

          Had to give 4 stars due to a problem with the first Guitar I ordered. It had some factory scratch marks on the neck. Looks like a michanical issue with a sanding machine or something, then was missed by QA. Musicians friend took care of it. Replacement was here quickly. It was worth the wait. I love the guitar. Finish, action and playability were all good right out of the box. I can play just about any type of music with this guitar; Smooth Jazz, Prestine Clean, Crunchy Crunch and Metally Metal with the right pedal that is. I was wondering if I should try the Vintage PAF custom 58 pickups, but its hard to pull the trigger on an upgrade when what you have, sounds so good when Im with the band. The tone really cuts through. The neck is really accessible.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar at a reasonable price

          By Rickbo

          from Charleston SC

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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

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

            Great Semi hollos guitar. Great Sound and playability. Great looking. Great guitar for a good price.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Ibanez AS93

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

            First off, I never give a perfect rating, for we can all improve.
            However, customer service, tech. team, and everyone in between, made my purchase easy and satisfying.
            Now to the AS93. Looks, feels, and plays better than I imagined it might. I've been playing now for about 33 years, and this guitar, plugged into my Eccoustic 112 by Peavey is a great new sound for all the stuff I've been playing over the years.
            Feeling a bit bored in your playing; get this guitar at, what I feel was a great price for the quality, and jump start your sound.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Don't look back

            By vibeman!

            from Cooper City. FL

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

            Got mine used (w/micro scratches)from MF a little over three years now, always put back into a locked Ibanez hard case and pampered after every play. Dude it sound & looks brand new!!This baby can transform into anything, VERY pedal friendly.... I've produced all sort of background-fills-ambient for my blogs and home videos, posing from percussion to synth.Outstanding bright sounds, played clean through a Vox AC4 combo or lately injunction with EHX SMMH + Soul preacher. A do it all axe guys!!

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            not bad but...

            By dopeninja

            from midwest

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

            although i have been playing guitar for 20 years this is my first semi hollow body. its not exactly what i expected. the finish on the guitar and neck is exquisite. the frets bridge and tuners (after some tightening) all work optimal. i love the design of the tail stop and the slide access to the truss rod. very good engineering and design in general. my particular guitar only had 2 problems that had to be addressed. the first and most important was the nut. it was horrible. i probably just got a bad one. it was preventing the guitar from tuning correctly. string height and spacing was off from string to string. lutheir replaced it with a bone nut. the 2nd is this guitars natural weakest point which are without a doubt the pickups. i pretty much hate them. there probably fine for rock or even some overdriven blues but not good for jazz at all. perhaps i was expecting too much in that department. the price was good though for a starting point to work from.. like any guitar, you will most likely have to replace whatever you find as a weak point and get a pro setup. i dont play live so i cant comment on gigging with it.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is a terrific buy

            By Happy in KS

            from Kansas

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

            I have owned this guitar for about 18 months. It is one of the nicest guitars I have owned or played...to include any Gibson or Fender I've owned or played. I thought when I bought it I'd have to upgrade the electronics but no, what a nice surprise this is one fine instrument. I'll buy another one if all of them are this nice.

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            traded an $8,000.00 gretch for this guitar

            By lpk of the golden rockets

            from Kingsport, Tn.

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

            I have played all over the Mediterranean sea entertaining ambassadors. officer, and enlisted men in our armed force. I had wore out the frets for the first three frets on the Gretch. I also have a 1958 model Les Paul studio Gibson. would not trade this one for both of them.

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