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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 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Solid electronics (16)
  • Good pick up (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (14)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (11)
  • Rock concerts (6)
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    • Experienced (13)

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(1 of 1 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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Verified Reviewer

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.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar at any price

By Screen Door Slim

from Allens Grove

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 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.

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    (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.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very good experience

      By Eric

      from SF Bay Area

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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.

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          (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...

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            (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..

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            (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.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Expectations Were Met

            By Brown's Lounge Music

            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 Brown's Lounge Music

              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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                (7 of 7 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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