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Ibanez Artcore Series AS73 Electric Guitar   

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The Ibanez Artcore Series AS73 Electric Guitar is a beautiful, versatile guitar at an unbelievable price. Everything from edgy rockabilly romp to smo...Click To Read More About This Product

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A gorgeous semi-hollowbody with humbucking sustain and jazz-worthy resonance.

The Ibanez Artcore Series AS73 Electric Guitar is a beautiful, versatile guitar at an unbelievable price. Everything from edgy rockabilly romp to smooth, full-bodied jazz tones come pouring out of an ACH1 humbucker at the neck and an ACH2 humbucker at the bridge. 22 large frets on a sublime, bound rosewood fretboard provide a sumptuous, speedy feel enhanced by 2 full cutaways. Chrome hardware sets off resplendent finishes. Top all that off with a stunningly low price and you've got an axe worth going after.

  • Maple body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • 22 large frets
  • ACH1 humbucker at the neck
  • ACH2 humbucker at the bridge
  • Chrome hardware

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Ibanez AS73, transparent red

I bought one online about three months ago, after playing two identical ones in a music store. I am very happy with it. I cannot believe that I got such a well put...Read complete review

I bought one online about three months ago, after playing two identical ones in a music store. I am very happy with it. I cannot believe that I got such a well put together and playable guitar for the money I spent. The finish is beautiful. The action was a little high when I got it, but that was easily fixed. (bridge is height adjustable). The pickups sound nice clean or distorted. I like the fact that there are two volume and two tone knobs. When you select both pickups together, theycan be adjusted individualy and the sound possibilities are almost endless. There is a big difference in the way the two pickups sound when used individually. The fretwork is very good. The binding is close to perfect, very slight discoloration in one of the f-holes. You really have to look for it, though. It stays in tune very well. I'm not going to kid you, this is not quite as perfect as, say, a nice Gibson 335. It is, however, at least 90% of a 335 for 10% of the cost. The 335's I've looked at cost almost 10X as much, they were slightly nicer, but not anywhere near that much nicer. The wood used in this guitar looks and sounds nice. When I play mine unplugged, It has a good ring to it that I can feel throughout the guitar. You know what I'm talking about, you pick up some guitars andplay unplugged and you can feel the body resonate through your chest while you hold it, and some guitars just feel dead. This on belongs to the first group. so did the other two I played. I think someone is paying close attention at the factory to the wood selected for these instruments. The knobs are solid, pickup switch is, too. Intonation was dead on out of the box, and it stays in tune very well.


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I bought this guitar 6 months ago and into the first 3, the output jack came loose and fell into the guitar. A couple of months later I was changing some strings and the...Read complete review

I bought this guitar 6 months ago and into the first 3, the output jack came loose and fell into the guitar. A couple of months later I was changing some strings and the tune-o-matic and the bridge literally fell off the guitar. Just the other night I plugged in the guitar and the wood around the output jack cracked and almost shattered. This guitar has a great neck, great tone, and good features for the price, but I would expect better quality from Ibanez. I don't recommend this guitar for heavy use.

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By YourMomThinksI'mCool

from Denver

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I've had the AS73 for about 3 years. My primary guitar is a Nashville Tele, but I like the AS73 enough to keep and play it. The neck ACH pickup just sounds fantastic and the transparent cherry finish is gorgeous. That neck sound really sold me on this one. The only thing I don't like is the bridge pickup... it's too thin. I plan to change to a better bridge p/u with more power, but I'm still researching that. Just my opinion. Many people like the AS73 as is. Once I change that bridge p/u, this may become my primary humbucker git. Would I buy it again? I'd compare this to the Epiphone Dots before I'd buy it again. Since I already have it, I can throw a top quality pick up in the bridge and live happily ever after.



By Yeahyeahyeahyeahyeah1111

from Pensacola, Florida

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So I bought this beast after I had played around with one at a few stores. And let me say that this is absolutely amazing. I use it for Jazz bands, Blues bands, R&B bands, Praise and Worship bands, and Indie bands, and it can sound perfect for every single one of them. The stock pickups are perfect, I wouldn't replace them for anything, and I can keep it in tune even after playing something like Led Zeppelin's "Since I've Been Loving You". I run it through a Line 6 Spider II for Indie and Praise but it sounds best through a Fender Princeton Chorus. If you can find one of these babies then buy that sucker before somebody beats you to it. The AS73 sounds gorgeous through the mid-boost with some slight chorus and gain on my Fender. If you want a great guitar for a great price for almost any genre then buy this guitar.


simply put, WOW!

By QuickDecision-6E_vP

from jerseyville IL

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My step dad got this guitar from a local store and had his friend adjust it to the same specs as his Gibson ES-335 and added flat wound strings. I have to say I have never heard a guitar sound so good. With just a flip of the switch you can go from heavy metal distortion to a clean jazz sound. The most versatile guitar I have ever used.


Favorite in my collection !!!!

By blues/rock revivaller

from Willis, TX

The AS73 was purchased here acouple of years ago. Fantastic straight out of the box ! I can't help experimenting, before I knew it she was refitted all Gibson gold hardware including 57 plus pickups. I would not trade her for a Gibson ES335 !!! She is the only guitar I bothered naming,"Ruby Rose". This guitar will be burried with me. Tell ya anything ?


No justice by photo!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

If you want a semi-hollow bodied guitar and don't have or even want to spend Gretsh or Gibson funds, this medium bodied axe'll just do fine. I've had mine for bout 4 months now and had some minor issues with intonation and playability but a lil 180 degree tweak o truss roddus maximus and torque down those adjustable tuners and wake up call. Man this girl can scream. I fell for the trans-red version and let me tell you, No pic on the net defines the dark rich flavour of the maple bod. She is pretty. I bleed at the eardrums via Marshall half stack and boys, lemme tell ya, Uncle Ted Nugent would smile! Rock ,blues, classic rock, alternative, punk,... It's all inside man! Spend a lil, play a lot, and keep the drool off the fretboard.


Artcore AS73: Wonderful guitar!

By Mark in Oakland

from Oakland, CA

I bought this guitar having never owned anything but acoustic, and fell in love with it the moment I played it. Even though I am far from being great, and even with a small Fender practice amp, I can do things that are fun and exciting with the instrument. Right off the wall at the store the neck was straight, intonation quite good, and it needed nothing in the way of setup. Crazy, but every time I spend another hour practicing I love 'er just a little more. I was ready to spend a lot more on a used "better" guitar until I played the AS73, and am glad I didn't! Buy one if you can.


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By HookedOnIbanez

from Baltimore, Maryland

I am fortunate to own one of the last AS-73 in a natural maple finish w/gold hardware. Don't want to bore you with details you can read below, but I want the reader to know this straight up: The guitar, teamed up with my Peavey Valveking 212 produces an unbelievable "expensive" jazz tone. Sweet, lots of sustain. The neck is smooth and as fast as greased lightnin'...and those stock pickups are the biggest surprise of all! I thought about changing them to 57's or 58's, but why bother? The p/ups are loud and the tuners are very sensitive. You will not be making a mistake by buying this guitar.


simply classic

By marsman-Qr-dd

from Micronesia

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to all the guitar affictionados out there. hurry up! grab one. AS 73 is a classic. I have been using this guitar for 4 months now and this has been my favorite axe ever since. As if the looks were not enough, plug it in and play --- it blows your mind! great tone, excellent playability, more importantly, it is so versatile.


simply amazing

By Ricky-DnsGX

from Roanoke, VA

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I have owned this guitar for a while now and it is just an all around great guitar for anyone. It sounds extemely good with or without distortion and is real easy on the wallet.


Great Guitar

By Stratvitosis

from NC

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This guitar is not only beautiful but plays as well as it looks. I compared the Ibanez to an Epi dot and honestly there was no comparison. I immediately fell in love with the neck and playability of this guitar. The different tones you can achieve are equally impressive and I couldn't believe the price tag!!! If you are looking for a semi hollow without breaking the bank, this guitar is the one!

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