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Ibanez Artstar Series AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar 

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The guitar builder for the giants of jazz, Ibanez introduces the Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar, to answer the needs of the working profes...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 04-15-2017

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A double-cutaway with classic looks, beautiful tonewoods, a set neck and deluxe appointments.

The guitar builder for the giants of jazz, Ibanez introduces the Artstar AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar, to answer the needs of the working professional player. Crafted from specially selected tonewoods, 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. Use the Tri-Sound switch to select three different coil configurations for the neck pickup, for even more tonal varieties. Hardshell case included.

FEATURES
  • Super 58 Custom pickups deliver the smooth, nuanced tones and the biting growl of blues
  • Ebony fretboard with Artstar fret edge treatment provides tight response and smooth left-hand fingering
  • The bone nut provides richer tone from low to high

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SPECIFICATIONS

Artstar Series AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

  • Neck type: Artstar 3-piece Mahogany/Maple set-in neck
    Body: Flamed Maple top/back/sides
    Fretboard: Bound Ebony fretboard w/Pearl & Abalone block inlay
    Frets: Medium frets with Artstar fret edge treatment
    Bridge: ART-1 bridge
    Tailpiece: Quik Change III tailpiece
    Neck pickup: Super 58 custom (H)
    Bridge pickup: Super 58 custom (H)
    Hardshell case included
    Neck Dimensions
    Scale: 628mm/24.75"
    Width at Nut: 43mm
    Width at Last Fret: 57mm
    Thickness at 1st: 20mm
    Thickness at 12th: 22mm
    Radius: 305mmR
    Body Dimensions
    Length 19-1/4"
    Width 15-3/4"
    Max Depth 2-5/8"
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IbanezArtstar Series AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • School bands (3)

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5.0

Really Surprisingly Great Guitar

By Buddy

from Lakeland, FL

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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

Comments about Ibanez Artstar Series AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

Bought this on sale and as an open box return Level 1 I believe, so I couldn't beat the price. The guitar sounds great, the pickups are nice and strong and I love the extra sounds the tri-sound switch provides on the rhythm pickup. Aesthetically it is perfect. The only issue I had was with some of the upper fret work. One observation I had was the strings they ship on the guitar are 10's with some very heavy strings on the bottom; I think they are like .053's. I have found when you put strings that big on 335 style guitars, because the joins so high, the neck twists above the 12th fret increasing fret buzz and unfortunately the neck rod has little effect up that high on the neck. I put a standard 10-46 set on it and the neck straightened back out and I tweaked a couple high frets and the buzz is gone. So I am thrilled with it.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new favorite guitar.

By The Maniel

from Savannah, Ga.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Sustain for days

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ibanez Artstar Series AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    The pictures don't do this guitar justice. Great craftsmanship. Plays like a guitar twice it's price. The pickups are a little hot. But with the coil tap feature, you can get just about any sound you're looking for. I would definitely buy this guitar again.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    VERY Happy with this purchase!

    By Uncle Gnarley

    from Philly

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Great pick ups
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez Artstar Series AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      I love this guitar! I've owned lots, and I was hesitant to buy anything but the 'real deal' in the form of a true 335. But, after playing this at home through my favorite amps, I fell in love... I play mostly blues, classic rock, and southern rock, but I've been known to bust out some Larry Carlton licks from time to time. It feels really, really good in my hands, and the tone... oh that tone! These Super 58 pick ups are absolutely amazing! Even my buddy, who's incredibly proud (and rightfully so) of his '63 335 re-issue, is impressed! If you're in the market for that sweet 335 sound, it's worth taking one of these for a spin! I'd venture to say that the quality control at Ibanez is on-par with all but the custom shop versions from the big name companies.

      If I had to call-out a negative, it'd be the color matched pick guard. I haven't swapped it out yet, but I'm thinking that I'd prefer a basic black in its place.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar, Wow!!!

      By Nehru

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Ease Of Playing
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Looks Really Good Amber

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Ibanez Artstar Series AS153 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      This is a well-made, great-sounding, good-looking guitar that is very smooth and easy to play. I was surprised by how well it sounds and plays. After playing other semi-hollow body guitars [Epiphone, Gretsch, Gibson] in this price range, this guitar was the winner for me! I'm impressed by the craftsmanship [even though it's made in China]. You get: (1) ebony fretboard, (2) bone nut, (3) bound body and neck, (4) figured maple top, back, sides, and pick guard!, mahogany and maple neck, etc., I really hope the quality and workmanship stand the test of time. The only changes I made were to install Duncan pickups [the stock pickups are great, but changing them was just my personal preference]. I also added a coil tap on the bridge pickup. Now I have tons of coil selections! This is a great guitar for the money. It's almost as sweet as a woman! Well, almost.

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