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A thinline archtop with a flamed-maple top and dual humbuckers.

The guitar builder for the giants of jazz, Ibanez now introduces the Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar, to answer the needs of the working professional player. Crafted from specially selected tone woods, this guitar features a bone nut, ebony fingerboard, hand-rolled frets and Ibanez's famous Super 58 pickups-capable of tone magic any place between "jazz-clean" all the way to "blues dirty." If you're aiming high, Ibanez has an ARTSTAR for you.

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  • Antique Yellow Sunburst finish
  • Artstar AS set-in neck
  • Flamed Maple top/back/sides
  • Medium frets
  • Bound Ebony fretboard
  • Bone nut
  • Pearl/ Abalone block inlay
  • ART1 bridge
  • Super 58 Custom neck pu
  • Super 58 Custom bridge pu
  • Tri sound switch for neck pu
  • Hardshell case included

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IbanezArtstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 22 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (19)
  • Good tone (19)
  • Fun to play (18)
  • Solid electronics (17)
  • Good pick up (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (15)
  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Recording (12)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I can't put it down!!!!

When Ibanez first introduced this guitar I knew I had to check it out. For around a grand and the look of the classic AS200/Scofield model - I would be crazy not...Read complete review

When Ibanez first introduced this guitar I knew I had to check it out. For around a grand and the look of the classic AS200/Scofield model - I would be crazy not to.
I had my local dealer order 1 (the system glitched on him and it placed 2 orders) so I got to check out 2 of them in the store, and pick the one I liked. Surprizingly there weren't a lot out there at the time.
I got it home and found a dead spot on the neck, luckily the other guitar was still at the store and I made the swap.
The replacement guitar had a very slight bow in the neck and I was able to quickly resolve it with a truss rod adjustment. That was 2 years ago and it is still perfect.
Okay, now on to the important stuff. I have a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender Clapton Strat. I haven't played either guitar since I got the AS153. No joke. This guitar is butter. It looks great, plays great, sounds great - period. I play funk/jazz/fusion so it is right up my alley. I occasionally get a vibration ont he guitar when the bass guitars tones pumps but that is par for the course with hollow body guitars.
The construction on the guitar is geat too. Solid maple block going all the way through the body - no "block" under the bridge/tailpiece - this is a REAL semi hollow. Great finishing work. All the hard ware is pro quality. Case lid fitting is slightly off, and the accessory compartment lid "hinge" is a bit flimsy, but overall decent.
The PUPS put out great tone and it is very versatile. I totally recommend getting one.

VS

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nice sound and feel

This is a great sounding guitar and fun to play. But it will not stay in tune. I replaced the tuners which has helped now I need to replace the nut and probably the...Read complete review

This is a great sounding guitar and fun to play. But it will not stay in tune. I replaced the tuners which has helped now I need to replace the nut and probably the bridge

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FANTASTIC SOUND

By kev19

from Plymouth MA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    Been playing 50 yrs and Iv'e played es-335, 175,345 etc. I own gibsons up to 6 grand and this is on a par with any gibson hollow body I have played. And as good as my artist PRS. And the coil splitting toggle is a great addition to an already great guitar. I do set up professionally and this came out of the box set up perfectly and the neck is fast and feels like butter.
    You will not be dissapointed.

    (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ibanez AS-153 -- PHENOMENAL

    By Brian

    from Fort Worth, TX

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Gorgeous finish
    • Nice Balance
    • Rich Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jazz
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Versatile Electric Guitar

    Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    FINALLY. Ibanez really got it right with this model! I have owned (and sold due to disappointment) two Artstar AS-200's, two Artcore AS-103's, and one Artcore AS-93. I just received my AS-153 from Musiciansfriend,com, and it is everything I've been seeking all this time. Weight, balance, neck feel, looks, and TONE are superb. The Trisound SW switch is a great feature for varying the neck pickup tone (split-single, series, or parallel coil switching.) I can get a thick jazz tone with extremely rich note articulation in chordal voicings. The Super 58 customs overdrive nicely as well, so this is truly an all-purpose guitar. nice solid tuners as well!
    I own a Gibson Custom Shop ES-335 that I try not to overplay, and I truly won't be missing it with the AS-153 around. It's a serious pro guitar for serious pro musicians. HIGHLY recommended.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT guitar for the money!

    By Uncle Gnarley

    from Philly

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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
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      I once owned a Gibson ES347, but I was poor and had to decide between that and my #1 Strat when it was time to pony-up first month and security for a new pad... I've regretted that sale ever since and planned to replace it with another genuine Gibson at the next opportunity.

      Flash forward 15-years and I still have not been able to justify the price tag for the Gibson name. I took an intermediate step two years ago and purchased a used Ibanez Artcore AS73 just so I would have a semi-hollow in the arsenal... It plays very nicely and is set up well, but the electronics left something to be desired compared to the upper end of the category. I was in the process of pricing-out the upgrades I'd like to perform, but things added-up quickly and I'd have been REALLY close to the price of the AS153 in the end... with no increase in resale value! So I purchased the AS153 as the next interim step... Honestly, I doubt now that I'll upgrade anytime soon!

      I've been practicing on the AS153 for about two weeks now, and I've yet to find anything... anything... that I'd consider to be a negative! Setup was great out of the box, the fit and finish was PERFECT! I can't find ANY flaws anywhere!

      Then there's the tone! Ohhh that sweet tone! The Super 58's that come in this guitar are absolutely amazing! If I decide to keep the AS73 as a knock-around guitar, I would seriously consider going with a set of these instead of Seymour Duncan 59's or Gibson 57's (my original plan). They are soooo sweet whether playing clean/jazzy or dirty/bluesy...

      The fretboard is also a nice upgrade from the AS73 (from Rosewood to Ebony and bigger frets), and the finish on the frets is as nice as I've ever seen on any guitar regardless of price. All other hardware and electronics are of a quality I'd expect on American-Made instruments. Even the case is top notch!

      If you're still reading, and you haven't picked-up on it yet... I'm a huge fan of this guitar, and I'm extremely happy with my purchase. Anyone seeking a quality semi-hollow in any price range would do well to give one of these a try before sinking 3x the money into something "better".

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great purchase.

      By DaveTea

      from Rhode Island

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        I have spent the past few months looking for a new semi-hollow body guitar. This guitar is THE BEST value that you will find right now. Every single guitar I own is an American made guitar – until now. But the cost of the American instruments has spiraled out of control because of the quality construction and sound. Try to find an ebony neck, flamed maple top back and sides, with a tri-tone switch that switches the p-ups from humbucker to single coil and in series in the price range.

        The most important thing to me is quality woods and construction and this guitar has everything I was looking for. This is the kind of guitar that will sound better with age because of the quality tone woods. Ebony neck and FLAMED Maple are something you find in the high end guitars.
        You can dial in any sound you want. I got some a real nice deep jazz tone with the neck pick up and some awesome blues tones. This guitar takes the Blues Driver and MXR Bad A55 Overdrive into outer space.
        The neck is slightly bigger than most electrics. Almost has the same sized neck as my acoustics. It feels great. The attention to detail is remarkable for the price of this guitar. If you are serious about buying a semi-hollow: I challenge you to find something as nice as this guitar. There is no way. I highly recommend – thank you Ibanez for making a guitar that I can be proud of without sacrificing food for a year or two to save the money to buy it…

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great playing guitar

        By JB

        from KY

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Set Up Was Great
        • Set Up Was Perfect
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Hobby
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        This is a great sounding guitar. It plays good and has a very smooth neck. This will be my number one guitar from now on. The price is right to. I have a Les Paul that I paid twice as much for. This guitar plays and feels 10 times better.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Probably the best semi-hollow body you can get for the money

        By ccsandrew

        from Plymouth, MA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Input jack
        • tri-tone switch

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        I followed review threads for a year before purchasing this guitar. When I finally did, I didn't totally need it - but in the four months that I've owned it, it has definitely become my go-to guitar. My American Deluxe HSS Strat and Texas Tele are going sadly unused these days.

        The guitar looks stunning under stage lights, and has action and playability that suits me perfectly. If you're in to finishes, you won't be disappointed.

        The tone is superb. I agree with the other reviewers who say that Ibanez has a tone all it's own. It certainly doesn't sound like a Gibson to me. On rhythm, (in contrast to my Fenders, which I love and am so used to) it shuns the stringy janglyness in favor of warmer, balanced pickup prescence. On leads, it voice cuts through without me reaching for a volume boost.

        I almost exclusively use the middle pickup position for both rhythm and lead. This came as a surprise to me as I tend to love and overuse the neck pickup position - but the middle is just so versatile on this one.

        Even experienced band mates, who usually know better than to gratuitously hand out complements to the guitar player, have told me that they are especially impressed with the tone of my AS153.

        I was really curious about the tri-tone switch before my purchase. Turns out to be a kind of useless feature, if not a bad one. I think it is a coil tap in the up position, and the down position turns it off. In between their is a position that just seems to suck all the life out of the tone. If I ever need work done on this guitar, I'll probably just have it removed. For the most part it doesn't get in the way, but there have been occasions where I think, 'OMG why does my tone suddenly suck?' and sure enough, I have accidentally activated the stupid tri-tone switch.

        So I don't really count that against the AS153 as it is basically a feature I don't use. My only real complaint is the input jack, which is constantly falling apart under normal use. Oh well.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I can't put it down!!!!

        By GuitarKevin69

        from Columbia, MD

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        Pros

        • Closest Thing To An As200
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Case Could Be Better

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Jazz Funk Fusion
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        When Ibanez first introduced this guitar I knew I had to check it out. For around a grand and the look of the classic AS200/Scofield model - I would be crazy not to.
        I had my local dealer order 1 (the system glitched on him and it placed 2 orders) so I got to check out 2 of them in the store, and pick the one I liked. Surprizingly there weren't a lot out there at the time.
        I got it home and found a dead spot on the neck, luckily the other guitar was still at the store and I made the swap.
        The replacement guitar had a very slight bow in the neck and I was able to quickly resolve it with a truss rod adjustment. That was 2 years ago and it is still perfect.
        Okay, now on to the important stuff. I have a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender Clapton Strat. I haven't played either guitar since I got the AS153. No joke. This guitar is butter. It looks great, plays great, sounds great - period. I play funk/jazz/fusion so it is right up my alley. I occasionally get a vibration ont he guitar when the bass guitars tones pumps but that is par for the course with hollow body guitars.
        The construction on the guitar is geat too. Solid maple block going all the way through the body - no "block" under the bridge/tailpiece - this is a REAL semi hollow. Great finishing work. All the hard ware is pro quality. Case lid fitting is slightly off, and the accessory compartment lid "hinge" is a bit flimsy, but overall decent.
        The PUPS put out great tone and it is very versatile. I totally recommend getting one.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solid Guitar

        By Jazzbo

        from Indianapolis, IN

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          Very solid guitar!! Fit and finish was literally flawless (seriously, it was perfect). Setup was good. Plays nicely. PUPs are a little bright but easlily adjusted without getting muddy. All in all, very fine guitar. As someone said in another review, if a player can't make this guitar work, maybe they should be doing something else... Also, MF was easy and great to work with.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding Guitar

          By Bballhack

          from San Jose, CA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            Excellent setup out of the box. Beautiful craftsmanship and high quality electronics, superb tone, great for blues, jazz, and overdrive for rock. I have a Gibson 1960 ES-320 and this guitar can hold its own. The neck is smooth and is effortless to play. I can't say enough about this guitar. Ibanez sure knows how to make some excellent and very well priced instruments, no doubt about it.

            (3 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Artstar AS153

            By Alex

            from Zachary, LA

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            Pros

            • A Beautifully Built Guita
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

              This guitar looks much better than my Gibson ES-339 with its beautiful bindings. I haven't played it that much yet since Im busy with my real engineering work.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar at any price

              By Screen Door Slim

              from Allens Grove WI

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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
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                I started playing back in the 60's and over that time have played many good and not so good guitars. I have owned and or played Fender , Gibson, Epiphone and others. I have been looking for a semi-hollow to add to the group and hit the jack pot when I bought the Ibanez AS153. So how does it compare to the Gibson 335, as good and in some respects better. The Super 58 pickups are as good as the Gibson Classic 57's, tunners are as good, over all construction as good if not better than some Gibsons I have seen. The Ibanez is better with a flamed maple top and back, controls (tri-sound), ebony fretboard, gold hardware and bone nut. Unless you really need Gibson on the head stock you need to give the Ibanez AS 153 a try.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very good experience

                By Eric

                from SF Bay Area

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                    Great experience with Musician's Friend staff. I received a great guitar, packaged well for delivery.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By Dave

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                      If this guitar was manufactured in the U.S. It would cost $3000+... Excellent build, finish and setup...

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Expectations Were Met

                      By Brown's Lounge

                      from Pocatello, Idaho

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                        I started playing with a very nice acoustic guitar as I wanted to trade off playing my chromatic harmonicas. Even though my acoustic has a pickup I could not sustain the notes like I could with my harps. I've developed about 400 songs using backtrack music and needed a way to play melody on a guitar that had more sustainability. After considerable research I selected AS153 because of its ability to sustain notes. The features of this guitar make it easy to play and adjust the sound. I play with backtrack music through a Bose Compact system using a ToneMatch with the presets set to bypass allowing me to adjust the sound with the AS153. The more I play this guitar the more I'm satisfied I made a good choice in a semi-hollow guitar with a great tone. Also, everyone that see it comments its the best looking guitar they have every seen.

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fantastic Guitar!

                        By ericsmusiclive

                        from Preston, CT

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                          I own a Gibson Les Paul Custom and this Ibanez Artstar is in every way equal to the Les Paul. It has quality tones in every setting, is extremely easy to play thanks to a great neck and quality fretting, is light enough to play a four hour gig without shoulder pain and, to top it off, it's a beautiful guitar. If you are thinking about purchasing this guitar, don't wait!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Amazing value

                          By Rick

                          from Durham, NC

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                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                          • Nut too high

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                          Having owned some classics,1961 ES 335, 1961 Strat, Gibson L-5S, Les Paul Custom and an Ibanez LR-10, I have to say I was kind if blown away at the quality build of this guitar. I didn't want to like it as it's made in China but I'm amazed at the quality. Better than the advertised photo as the flamed top and back are perfectly matched. Went over this instrument with a fine tooth comb. I could find no flaws. Binding to body,inlays to fingerboard and all appointments were perfection. I don't know how they did it at this price point. My old 335 seamed crude in build comparison.(sounded good though). No idea on Chinese electronics. Only time will tell. Plugged into my 1993 Peavey Classic 30 tube amp, Clean Jazz tones to crunchy Blues to ripping distortion. All good. Arrived ahead of schedule. Original case had a broken latch. Musicians Friend sent an even better replacement HS case, no charge. Exceptional customer service. This guitar will need set-up as most new instruments do. Bone nut is too high causing slight intonation problems is the 1st position. Fret work is great. 12th fret harmonics to actual note intonation were right on given the strings provided. All in all, very pleased. A keeper for sure.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Guitar!

                          By Alchemy220

                          from Colorado

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Recording
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                            Read all the reviews and buy this guitar! To the guy who had something to say about the frets, they are great! Sorry, but you must have had a special issue.
                            I do have to say that I bought my AS153 used from a guy who set it up beautifully and even gave me special oil and a custom cloth to caress my new baby. This is a "better than new" purchase and was priced so well, I couldn't pass it up. This is also my second Ibanez. I had a AF85 hollowbody that I still regret selling.
                            Never the less, MF is the go to place to buy musical equipment.

                            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Good guitar needing professional help!

                            By Kevin Blue

                            from Anderson. SC

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Fret Buzz

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                            I am frustrated with Ibanez. They make good guitars with poor fret jobs!.I have gone through 4 of them, and every one needed a fret level. I had been looking for a second guitar to go with my LGB 30. I thought I could use the AM 153, but after a few gigs, the body felt too small. My LGB 30 was almost perfect. I wanted another Ibanez, for a similar response and feel. I would really like to know how they install the frets on the Artstar models. The ends are done but the frets are not level. I used to love the older Artcore Custom models. Most of them were great. The Artstar models come with excessive curve and high action, to hide the poor fret job. I guess you wonder why I don't switch. I have loved the sound of these guitars for years. They need to step up their quality control. The finish, pickups, design and construction are great. The features are great. Once the frets are leveled , the guitar performs great. I have had Gibsons that were much worse (and twice the cost). I just set the guitar to my taste, so I will post a follow up after this weeks gigs..

                             
                            5.0

                            One Sweet Semi-hollow

                            By manosteele

                            from S, Jersey

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                                I've owned several Semi-hollows like Gibson/ Eastman other Ibanez's and none really top this one. The set up is a little high out of the case but slowly lower the saddles and tune up and it's perfect. The neck is AWESOME! just a great feel and begging to be played for hours. Pickups are good not great but i'm not replacing them. The finish is great and can't find any flaws. I bought the vintage yellow so i'm going to buy the blue as a 2nd guitar when I have the money( that's how good it is). Buy one and enjoy yourself!

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                                5.0

                                Gibson ES-335 watch out!

                                By ross

                                from Tucson

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                                Pros

                                • Compare to the best in class you may choose it
                                • Fret dressing is superior to all
                                • Superior build quality
                                • The pickups hit the mark - perfect

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everything you use a guitar for

                                  Comments about Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

                                  Really nice quality guitar, looks, feels, and sounds fantastic. - A true value, arguably better than the famous guitar like it that sells for two to three times the price. Every guitar lover should get one of these while you still can get this level of quality for this price. Some day it will be famous too. They hit the mark with the pickups and the fret dressing - doesn't get any better.

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