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Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar  

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  • 3-piece mahogany/maple set-in neck
  • Quilted maple top, back, and sides
  • White block fretboard inlays
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Beautiful quilted maple top Artcore with compact semi-hollow style.

This Artcore Expressionist AM93 semi-hollowbody guitar uses Custom 58 pickups combined with an arched quilted maple top, back, and sides to produce a warm and quick response. The slim and compact 3-piece Artcore set-in neck is made from mahogany and maple. The bound rosewood fretboard with 22 large frets, bound top, and gold hardware offers lush looks accented by white block inlays and multiple binding. The ART1 bridge provides accurate rock-solid intonation while the Quik Change III makes string changing easy.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • 3-piece mahogany/maple set-in neck
  • Quilted maple top, back, and sides
  • White block fretboard inlays
  • Bound top and fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • ART1 bridge and Quik Change III tailpiece
  • Custom 58 pickups
  • Gold hardware
  • Case sold separately

Order this compact semi-hollowbody with full-bodied sound you can really get your arms around.

 
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IbanezArtcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Jamming (7)
    • Recording (6)
    • Small venues (6)
    • School bands (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Unbelievable Value, Tone, and Features

    This model falls short of a 10 given the quality control of excessive dye on the rosewood fretboard, and slightly sharp fret edges. I am not a guitar snob although I do own and...Read complete review

    This model falls short of a 10 given the quality control of excessive dye on the rosewood fretboard, and slightly sharp fret edges. I am not a guitar snob although I do own and play Gibson Standards, and Custom Brian Moores, and a slew of previous Fenders. This instrument sounds just as good if not better as noted above. I know that is shocking, but you will have to A/B it yourself. Its hard telling how long she will hold up, but I do not seeing anything obvious to "fall apart". If you are in the market for a semi-hollow LP sized, I recommend this model from Ibanez. It is simply stunning cosmetically, and outstanding sonically: playability and comfort is top notch. I bought this to avoid breaking out my museum pieces and case queens and given some minor adjustments this model might just be a future star. You can't go wrong here, she is a buy!
    This Ibanez model had all of the features I was looking for in a semi hollow guitar.
    1 Outstanidng hardware, bridge, and tuners, and speed knobs which are subtle the way they should be.
    2 The hardware performance was quite a surpirse given that this is a Chinese manufactured instrument which don't always have the best reputation, but I think the gap has closed here with Ibanez quality control.
    3 The tuners are as solid as my Gibson, and the pick-ups (58 models) are the best that Ibanez offers bar none. I agree with the other reviewer when it comes to poor sounding Ibanez pickups, but the 58's in this model are in a class of their on for tone, responsiveness, and recordability. How good, you ask?

    4 I A/Bed this guitar through Sonar (blind test to avoid prejudice) against my Gibson Standard that has the PAF 57-59s, and gulp, the Ibanez were superior on clean and moderate drive settings! Of course, tone is subjective, but even being in the ball park should say something. The guitar is not really meant for high gain, so I do not have any comparison to note there. Read on, its not all heaven.
    Quality score is roughly 8, mostly since my guitar came with ebony die residue (rosewood fretboard) on the fretboard that I had to clean repeatedly becuase the staining went directly onto my fingers...not good. Also, the setup needed tweaking as the string height was a bit too high. The frets are also a bit rough and the binding, unlike Gibson, does not cover the sharp ends of the frets. The frets ends wont really jab your hand, but the bound neck appears to be mostly cosmetic. I have owned many Ibanez Prestige's and RG's before so rough frets are not typical with Ibanez from my expereince. Not a showstopper, but not exactly top quality either from quality control. Also, the frets are not really medium, they appear and feel to be smaller, which is slightly dissapointing.
    Where else can you get a professional tone, classic 58's, a quilted maple top, sides, and back, plus gold hardware and rock solid hardware with a decent neck for under $550.00 in a semihollow build, Unreal!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great low Price Guitar

    Exceptional low cost guitar. I've been debating on purchasing one for awhile, and I play pieces that are typically 4x's as much. I question the construction flaws, and the deeper flaws that are...Read complete review

    Exceptional low cost guitar. I've been debating on purchasing one for awhile, and I play pieces that are typically 4x's as much. I question the construction flaws, and the deeper flaws that are unseen. Although definitely a stage worthy guitar and a great low cost guitar for someone that needs a new or additional piece to there kit. The best bright points are the electronics and functionality definitely makes the piece worth while. Purchasing is far from being a mistake or regrettable,
    Extremely pretty guitar. It has great looks. The alnico humbuckers sounded very nice, nice hardware, especially the speed knobs. The knobs are very attractive and function very well. The smaller size is nice and unnoticable for the most part. It's more comfortable when sitting down when compared to its counter parts.
    Although pretty there are obvious construction issues. The lines of the binding didn't exactly line up. Granted this is a low cost guitar designed to look a premier expensive guitar, but it just doesn't have the flawlessness of a boutique or standard higher end brand name. I would consider this ranking higher on a list of "lower quality" guitars. This isn't one you are going to keep for 30+ years like the higher quality counterparts.
    For the features, there are no cheaper options. It has all the top end looked for features including binding, flame top, nice hardware for low cost. One nice value is the alnico pickups. I have a real hard time with Ibanez pickups and find them offensive in most cases, and wish they would sell guitars without pickups. However, these are by far the best ibanez pickups I've heard and would not question playing these and leaving the piece stock.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Art with Strings

    By JC-3Ekft

    from Hammond, IN

    About Me Experienced

    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 Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      I'll start by saying I currently own American Deluxe Fenders (Tele and Strat) and 2 Gibson Les Pauls in addition to Taylor, Martin, Breedlover and Ovation acoustics. This Ibanez is by far the least expensive guitar I own. However, it plays like silk, has flawless fret work, a gorgeous finish and the most buttery, bluesy tone I have ever heard through my amps. Clean it has a nice jazz flavor. I wanted it because I had no semi hollows and wanted one especially for playing blues and blues rock. I would buy this guitar in a heartbeat again. It is as good or better than anything else I own. Ibanez did a great job on the pups as they sound like the Gibson humbuckers found on the 50's models that are so highly prized. The only reason I did not give this guitar 5 stars is I wish it had come with strap locks. Other than that I would put this up against ANYTHING made by PRS, Fender and Gibson at any price it is that good!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Favorite Guitar

      By David G

      from Jupiter, Florida

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Neck Pickup Angle Off

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        My AM93 is a pleasure to play and hear. It came with D'Arreo bronze strings which are great. It is light compared to my ESP EC401-VF and the fretboard is wider which I prefer even with my medium to small hands. The wood on the fretboard has been carefully cured with oil unlike any guitar I have received. The size and color are perfect. I love the clean Custom 58 pickup tone in my V22 tube amp. Sounds good when the gain is increased and the sound starts to break. My modern Telecaster used to be my favorite guitar. I unexpectedly like this guitar better and exclusively play it at the moment. The combination of this guitar and V22 tube amp is out of this world. The only drawback is that I notice the neck pickup has an odd angle which can probably be adjusted. Since the bridge pickup sounds better to me I was concerned that it had been swapped out or something. The tone on the neck pickup is not as adjustable as the bridge one. I'm going to do my research but don't want to risk sending it back for another. I'll think about this and research if it's actually a defect or whether I'm being too picky or paranoid. This is a wonderful sounding guitar and comfortable to play. Other than purchasing a Gibson 339 at over 2 grand, I don't know of a better guitar for me at the moment other than the AM153 which I heard had hotter pickups which might be a drawback. I got a good deal on this one and I'm pretty sure it's a keeper with a minor defect or not.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very impressive quality and sound

        By BL

        from FL

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            I was weary about buying a guitar online but not anymore. This guitar met every expectation and the sound is incredible. My son plays it 4-5 hrs a day and I never thought I would enjoy hearing practice licks. We paired it with a VOX AC15 10" portable tube amp and the sound is an absolute pleasure only eclipsed by the quality of the manufacturing and materials. My impressions of "Made in China" have changed with Ibanez. Definately buying more Ibanez stuff from here on out.

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            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GO WITH A BEAUTIFUL WINNER OF A GUITAR.

            By Glenn in Chillicothe, MO

            from Chillicothe, MO.

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Good Ole Country
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            I MUST CONGRATULATE IBANEZ FOR THEIR BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING RED FINISHED AM93. EVERYTHING IS PERFECTLY FINISHED MEANING FRETS AND NECK WORK IS IMPECCABLE, PRO SOUNDING SPECIAL SUPER 58 PUs, FINISH IS SPOTLESS AS IS FULL BINDINGS, IBANEZ I TIP MY HAT TO YOU FOR A BEAUTIFUL AND WELL FINISHED GUITAR FOR THE AFFORDABLE AMOUNT THAT ALMOST ANYONE CAN AFFORD. PLAYS AND SOUNDS SUPER TO BOOT. PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND I THANK YOU !!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            ONE OF THE FINEST GUITARS I HAVE PLAYED!

            By Funkyard

            from Rochester

            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
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

              Other than the guitar needing a set up to my taste with a set of D'Addario 11-49's absolutly a beautifull guitar. I got the transparent red, beautifull body & neck bindings, great neck & feel, great sound from the Custom Super 58's. She looks plays & sounds more like a guitar that cost twice as much. Ibanez has always made great guitar's and this is no exception. I purchased a used model and cannot see anything wrong. GREAT DEAL FOR GREAT GUITAR FROM MUSICIAN'S FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great value

              By candy

              from NJ

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Blues
                • Jamming
                • Jazz
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                Great value. This guitar is tremendous and competes with guitars that cost at least 2 or 3 times as much. I play jazz and blues in restaurants and small clubs. It covers these styles very well. Great construction, action, etc. Beautiful to look at too. No need to buy a 335.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Worth the money!

                By Will

                from Minnesota

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Solid guitar
                • Very Clear Tone

                Cons

                • Rough Bridge

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                From the first time I saw this guitar, I knew I liked it. It's absolutely beautiful and has a sound to match. The tone is very clear. I wasn't quite sure how it would sound with distortion, however, when I tried it, I definitely take back my doubt. This is my first semi-hollow body guitar, and it's safe to say I'll keep it around for a very long time. Great guitar for the price.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Exceptional value

                By terry smith

                from Western Montana

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Giging
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                  This modestly priced guitar will compete with and out perform guitars thousands higher. My Am93 came flawless out of the box, needed no adjustments, and the Ibenez case was well contructed and the guitar fit well in the case. I played the AM93 thru several different tube amps and sounded best thru my Fender Hot rod 4-10. Nice slight growl on the clean channel at higher volume settings. Great tone, perfect neck, pickups sound great without any noise, and has very easily conrolled feed back just when you want it. Quality is comparable to my Gibson Les Paul, American Fender Strat, and Godin. Played it last night at a medium sized gig and loved it. My other guitars will sit in the music room for now.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice guitar for the price

                  By cowgirl

                  from Washington

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                    Love this guitar. I am a petite woman and it fits me perfect. The guitar is sturdy and solid. The sound is great. The electronics are solid.

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                    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    good looking girl with skinny legs

                    By mike-SDhPX

                    from levittown pa

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • Finnicky Truss Rod Adjust
                    • Fret Buzz
                    • Neck To Thin
                    • Pups Are A Tiny Bit Noisy

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                    its gorgeous but the neck is so thin, and i like thin but this is really thin, i still love it though, its sounds really good, pups are just a wee bit noisy but not like a single coil, better pups than my epi dot

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