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Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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    Seductive natural flame maple top.

    The Ibanez AS103 Artcore Guitar offers semi-hollow sustain, power, and feedback resistance. Flamed maple on the top back and sides provides beauty and clear tone. A 5-piece Artcore custom set-in neck increases sustain and strength. Two Ibanez Custom 58 pickups have a full, versatile output great for rhythm and lead. Artcore Custom inlays and gold hardware complete the elegant package.

    Players, music store owners and the music industry press were stunned by the debut of the affordable Ibanez Artcore guitars in 2002. That still didn't prepare them for the unveiling of the Artcore Customs in 2005. These are truly exquisite guitars that offer patrician specs and tones at plebeian prices. The question "How do you do it?" is still being asked.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features
    • Neck: 5pc Artcore custom set-in neck
    • NeckType: Artcore Custom Set-In
    • Body: Flamed Maple top/back/sides
    • Frets: Medium frets
    • Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
    • Inlay: Artcore Custom
    • Bridge: ART1 bridge
    • NeckPU: IBZ Custom 58 humbucker
    • MiddlePU: IBZ Custom 58 humbucker
    • Hardware color: Gold
    • Width: Max width at lower bout: 15-7/8"

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    IbanezAS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar
     
    5.0

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Tim Myer

    from Maryland

    Comments about Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    The first thing that I noticed when I opened the box and started playing was how acoustically alive this guitar is. In 1980, I bought one of the early Japanese Ibanez semi-hollow bodies that later went on to be the Schofield Model. I still kick myself for letting it go. This guitar is every bit it's equal. Notes ring out like bells and the sustain lasts for days. The fretwork is impeccable and the finish is flawless. The set-up from the factory was excellent and in tune. If you are looking for a 335 type of guitar, run to buy an AS103.
    This guitar really is a killer deal. The only reason that I give it a 9 instead of a ten is because I am not a fan of the gold hardware and the pickgaurd. Maybe it has too many features.
    I can't say enough about the quality of this guitar for the price. I have played numerous other hollow-body guitars that do not even come close for 3x the price.
    Killer Deal

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AS 103 - A Super Guitar

    By william holley

    from Laurel, Maryland

    Comments about Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    Overall, I really like the sound of the pickups, feel of the neck, finish of the guitar and frets. The case is real nice too. The only thing some people may think is out of place are the black tone knobs. I liked them and got a compliment on them the first time I had this guitar out in public. However, I think if they were made of rosewood to match the name plate or a color to match the finish, it would be a super custom guitar.
    Similar in style to an ES335 but with better inlays, pickguard. The case is real nice too.
    The finish, inlays, binding, tuning pegs are excellent. The frets are finished perfectly. The string action is pretty good. The feel of the neck is rounder than the Gibson 335 dot I sold a few years ago. However, I like the feel of the Ibanez better. It reminds me of a Hofner neck except a little wider.

    I took it out of the box, tuned it up and plugged it in to my epiphone valve jr. I set the amp to 11 o'clock, rolled the tone back a bit and played some Stormy Monday and blues licks. I was surprised how much the Super 58s sound like a Gibson 335. When I dug in with the pick, the guitar growled. Very nice. Like a good blues singer who can give you the raspy voice when they want to. I also played some Wes Montgomery style and was also surprised by how good it sounded. The action was silky smooth.
    You really cannot beat the value of this guitar. I relied on the reviewers of this guitar to buy it. They all got it right. Also, there were a few pretty good youtube videos which demonstrated how good it sounds.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Quality Semi-Hollow for the money - and for a lot MORE money too!

    By Chad Johnson

    from Arcata, California

    Comments about Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I just have to give it a 10. I can't falut the guitar on anything. I'm usually very critical of anything I buy, but nothing here sticks out as even being slightly annoying. The guitar is still quite new to me, but when you grab a guitar, you just know when it's right. When you are going back and forth about getting something - it's usually because something bugs you and you are deciding if you can live with that. There is notheing to "live with" here. It's all desireable. If the price works for you, there is nothing to lose. I have never reviewed any of my MF purchaes before. I just felt I had to share my thoughts on this particular guitar.
    This guitar has all the classic features of a great semi-hollow. It's just like a Gibson ES-345 - minus the "Varitone" switch. It's a cut above the typical "Dot" style, having nice inlay and binding everywhere. The tuners are very stable, yet easy to turn. The AS103 is a stunning looking guitar. It would be cool to have coil splittig added, but that's really not a biggie. It sounds great clean in all pickup configurations. It sounds great dirty with some crunch for rock rhythm. The notes just chime out! Leads are as cutting or as creamey as you want. Play this baby through a tube amp and you are in Heaven.
    I was amazed at how nice this guitar is - right out of the box! There is no need for any set-up with this instrument. The one I got plays with no string buzz on any string or any fret. It feels great in your hand, and is easy to play. I heard about the great set-up on various forums I scouered searching for info - and many praised the "out-of-the-box" playability. The guitar is light, and feels good against your body. It's a bit smaller than an ES-335, which is fine with me because that guitar is too big IMO. The AS103 even sounds good unplugged. I have been noodling around as I watch TV because I can't put it down, and the clarity of the notes and the sustain are great. I love this guitar.
    For the price of an equivalant guitar from Gibson you could buy 3 - 5 Ibanez AS103s, and you would not be losing out on any quality. I researched semi-hollows for a long time before my purchase, and many jazz guys prefer the AS103 to the ES-335 in quality, playability and sound. The Custom models from Ibanez are truly a cut above, and it's obvious they take extra care to make sure these guitars are ready for playing BEFORE they leave the factory. In 30 years of playing, I've never had a guitar play this well out of the box. I took a chance purchasing one without having the chance to play one first, and I am not dissappointed. If you like the price of this guitar, you will LOVE Ibanez AS103.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar-Natural

    By Steve-X_fXI

    from Louisiana

    Comments about Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I'm only giving it an 8 for a overall rating because it would be a 10 if it came with Gibson '57 Classic pickups.
    I have owned this guitar since Dec '10. I took it in today to have Gibson 57 Classic and Classic Plus pickups installed. When I pulled it from the case, there was silence in the store as several customers came to see it and remarked on how beautiful it was, one customer asked if he could touch it. One of the guys who runs the studio and is a super fan of ES335's, he had tried his hardest to get me to buy one and not from him (too much money), was amazed at how well it was made, how gorgeous it was, and how well it played unplugged. This guitar is absolutely wonderful, it plays and sounds like a dream. The only reason I'm putting Gibson pickups in it is because I know that when I get it back, there will be no reason for me to dream of having an ES335 again. Do yourself a favor, buy this guitar, like I said mine is natural, I can't speak for the vintage brown, but th natural is absolutely beautiful. The only thing I did to mine when I first got it was to lower the action a bit and set the intonation.
    Not a flaw in the finish. Wood control knobs, wood pickguard. The bookcase quilted maple is perfect. Neck is flawless. Inlays are beautiful. Binding is flawless. Tuners are great. Stays in tune. Tone and volumes starts at 1. No crackling when you adjust tone or volume. One thing I don't care for is when you completely turn back one volume in the middle position it will cancel out both pickups, but that's an easy fix, while they are installing the new pickups.
    I got mine on E-Bay new for a great price. I swear it must have fell off a truck. Well worth the price. Beautiful case, high quality. Say what you will, this guitar does not know it was made in China.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Value in 335-style guitar

    By Stewbee

    from Vermont

    Comments about Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    All the reviews about how can you get so much guitar for so little money are true. I bought one of these because I didn't want to shell out thousands for the Gibson version. However, this has a very Gibson-like sound to it as is. It's great off the shelf, and my favorite part is the neck. It's as close to my preferred shape as it gets (I'm not a fan of the slimline). It has the support and depth of a great acoustic neck, and the scale length is a solid 24.75, which should be listed in the specs. This opens up the upper frets just enough for better precision work, but easily accommodates bending 11's. The guitar comes strung with a 10-52 set, which sounds OK, but doesn't play so well. Switched them out for 11-50. The stock pickups are quite pleasing as is, but tinkerer alert: this guitar or the AS-93 (same neck) might be the best platform for upgrading to custom pickups and wiring out there for under $2000. You could get an AS-93, and put in some 57 Classics and then take a trip to London with your savings!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    By Steve-X_fXI

    from Louisiana

    Comments about Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I just got my AS103 natural, I simply love it. Knowing that the AS103 was backordered and probably nonattainable until Jan. I looked elsewhere and found mine in the natural..Pictures cannot due the finish justice. Now how does it play? Smooth and sounds perfect I can play anything and it sounds wonderful. I believe mine is a bit different that this model, it came w/ a tunamatic bridge and S58B and Neck pickups. I love this guitar so much it's sort of depressed me, kinda' like getting married-you know you have the best you can get and everything you look at now is not worth the effort. If you have it backordered consider yourself lucky.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Guitar!!!

    By Jas1194

    from Southern NJ

    Comments about Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    I've owned one of these for 3 years. It can handle any style of music well. The low output pickups on this guitar are so pure sounding. You can easily shape it's tone to fit your taste by using your favorite effects or amps. I have found this is my favorite guitar to record with because of it's uncolored natural tone. As if all of that isn't enough, the guitar is absolutely stunning looking. Whenever I pull it out of the case in front of people their jaws drop. I can't say enough about this ave. Just buy one and you'll keep it forever.

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    5.0

    Never so satisfied for so cheap

    By Pmichteinz-2nMpG

    from Minnesota

    Comments about Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    Great, great, great guitar. I play this through a nice fender amp and the cleans can make me cry. Hammer on chords. Thats all I can suggest with this guitar, it has never sounded so good. It's a beautiful guitar with a beautiful tone.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    First one defective, second one outstanding.

    By IbanezFan-4tSWy

    from Eastern Sierra, CA

    Comments about Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    After being back ordered for a month, the first guitar I received had a bad 12th fret. I couldn't believe it. But, Musician's Friend sent me a return label and completely took care of it. The second one was perfect...the only pain was that it was back ordered again! I bought this because of my Ibanez AF105 which had some feedback issues. It is also an outstanding guitar which I will use in quieter situations. The thing I like most is the ability to get close to that jazzy, archtop, tone.

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    5.0

    does everything well

    By TH

    from Nc

    Comments about Ibanez AS103 Artcore Custom Series Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    Had this guitar for 2 years...plays everything from clean jazz to black label...have to stick a t shirt into the f holes to control feedback onstage but otherwise you cant find a better guitar for any price... and i have a rack of heritage, top of the line fenders and gibsons. Love this guitar...its my stranded on a desert island axe.

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