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Ibanez Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Antique Yellow Sunburst  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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.

FEATURES
  • 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

Experience the jazz-fusion soundsand playability of this well-crafted instrument. Order today.

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IbanezArtstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small venues (9)
    • Jamming (8)
    • Practicing (8)
    • Recording (6)
    • Rock concerts (3)
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    (3 of 3 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.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Expectations Were Met

    By dbrown1601

    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.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      New Guitar Player

      By dbrown1601

      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'm new to the art of playing a guitar. I've played chromatic harmonicas for over 4years and have almost 400 backtrack music that I play with. I wanted to learn a new instrument to trade off with the harps. I wanted a guitar that could play a melody with sustainability. This semi-body guitar fits my needs very well and is easy to play and set up. I use a Bose Compact system and play with backtrack music and it sounds great. I set the Bose to by-pass the presets and let the Ibanez do its thing. People also comment on the sunburst model as being the best looking guitar they have ever seen.

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        (6 of 6 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".

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          (3 of 4 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.

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            (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.

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic Guitar!

              By Erics Music Live

              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!

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                (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.

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                (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.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great purchase.

                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…

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