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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.


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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

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IbanezArtcore AS93 Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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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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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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4.0

Great buy!

By jamnjimmy

from Kentucky

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

    Bought this guitar and never plugged it in before I changed out the electronics. Put in Seymour Duncan 59's with gold covers and CTS pots. Had my guitar tech dress the frets and this is a sweet guitar for under a total investment of grand. This may have been just fine as it was stock but, us guitar nerds have to fool with stuff! Tone and playability as good as a new 335!

     
    4.0

    Beautiful guitar

    By Glenn

    from Chillicothe, MO

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • old style country and rock-n-roll
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

      This blue version is really sharp looking, the guitar fits perfect and is well balanced. This one had a short in the electronics and unfortunately it had to go back to MFI, but I will order another. This AS93 is one piece, in my books, their best ever. Make certain that yours has the Super 58 pickups though otherwise I recommend it very highly. What a guitar for the money ! Thanks Ibanez and MFI for your great help on this. I recommend you both also very highly.

       
      5.0

      Was just what I wanted, real value and fun to play!

      By None

      from High Point, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

        I'm older and enjoy playing and learning classic rock stuff at home, like a game; enjoy the challenge.

         
        5.0

        as-93

        By guitar picker

        from indiana

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

          this guitar is beautiful...only thing I had to do was lower strings...the action was a little to high...then all I had to do was lean back and enjoy it!!!

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Feel The Blues

          By Tachyon

          from Edinboro, Pa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Smooth As Silk
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

          I purchased this guitar as I wanted a Semi-hollow and wasn't really interested in spending a fortune. Prior I played some Gibson's, Epi's (Sheraton II) and this sweet lil thing. I can honestly say, the Ibanez won out. Don't get me wrong the ES-335 was nice, but for the dough, no thank you. My Ibanez will hold it's own against a higher priced model any day. The Super 58 Customs in here are so smooth I can't believe they put them in a guitar at this price point. Keep in mind that as this is a Maple guitar, it tends to be pretty bright. Dial your amp in a little darker and you are ready to go. I have gigged and recorded with this guitar and I can honestly say that it is PRO quality. Purchased mine in Blue Burst and the fit and finish are immaculate. Even cream binding around the F-Holes. If you are looking for a semi-hollow without the massive price tag for the name, go for the Ibanez. You can not go wrong with this guitar.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Try it, you'll like it...

          By Part Timer

          from Maryland

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • great price
          • Quality Instrument
          • Schweet
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Jazz Blues R B

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

          This is the first guitar I have purchased online, and I was skeptical. But it arrived in pristine condition, the quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail was more than a pleasant surprise. The setup was well above average; decent action, intonation, no buzz, etc. It sounds great, I am not disappointed. Although the Musician's Friend description says it comes with ACH pickups, the new AS93s come with the Super 58 Customs found on the John Scofield, Pat Metheny, and George Benson signature models (MF should update their product description). I'm very happy with this purchase from Musician's Friend (I charged it to my MF Platinum card and I have 18 months to pay with 0% interest, free shipping too!). The quality of this guitar is such that it could only increase in value in the years to come.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar that has aged well

          By Mouser

          from Arkansas, USA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Versitility
          • Looks Stunning
          • Well Built Neck

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS93 Electric Guitar:

            I bought this model guitar about ten years ago, when it was near their top of the line (the 103 was top), and the guitar was a few years old already judging by the serial number. The arch-top has aged beautifully, giving me a great tone that keeps getting better.

            I do see a few differences with the newer models. Mine did not come with a pickguard (love that look), the knobs and some of the other hardware has changed, and it came with a hardshell case then. I think the aesthetics have come down a bit along with the price. The 'stage presence' just isn't the same, from what I see IMHO.

            I can say my guitar delivers about 85-90% of the sound of a Gibson 335, for what was then about a third of the price. With the new changes, I can't say what the sound of the new model is, but it's certainly worth picking up and trying out. I thought about swapping out the pickups but everyone that's played it - including my guitar tech (who would make money swapping them out) told me I'd be crazy to. This guitar delivers.

            In person, the blue looks more of a sea-green (very nice), unless it's under very bright lights (like concert lamps) where the blue comes out to play.

            The neck - smooth as silk to play, and strong as a rock. I use 12-56 wound G strings (pure nickel) and the neck stays in standard tuning without any issues at all - I just needed a new nut put in to accomodate the larger strings. Once it's in tune it stays there. I once it hanging on my wall for two months while I played my strat and SG - tuning was spot on when I came back to it.

            As far as music goes, this can play just about anything, but really shines in the blues/jazz area. I don't know how well it could could do hard metal, but it would be interesting to try. The neck is certainly fast enough.

            If you can get your hands on one in a Guitar Center give it a try for a while and see how it holds up and looks in your hands. You may be surprised how much guitar you're getting.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wonderful Guitar

            By blittle

            from New Orleans, LA

            About Me Experienced

            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.

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Solid Instrument

              By KingBaroque

              from Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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.

                  (13 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Beautiful! But Looks aren't everything.

                  By Tim (The Beast) Fausto

                  from Rocky Mountains, USA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  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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