Jazz Box Guys - What's the take on the Ibanez Artcore stuff?

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  1. GVDub

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    I'm in the market for a relatively inexpensive hollow-body electric, and I've got a chance to get a great deal on one of the Artcore AF125s. I really can't spend as much as I'd like (I've been looking at things like the Heritage 175 clone, the mid-range Gibsons, or one of the Guild hollow-bodies but just can't justify the green), so I'm looking at the lower-end. Anybody here have any experience with the Ibanez stuff and how does it stand up against the higher-priced spread?
     
  2. Tritone

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    I own an Ibanez AF-105. It's pretty great. It actually has better action than any other guitar I've ever owned. The hardware is pretty decent; I didn't feel the need to replace the tuners like I do with some lower-end guitars. I even liked the stock pickups. It's pretty hard to go wrong with these guitars, IMO.

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  3. Austinrocks

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    I love the artcores, really love the pups on them, though I did buy a Epi Sheraton semi-hollow body a while back instead, and change out the pups, the artcore hollow body is definitely on my to buy soon list, really just figuring out which one to buy, I am also learning about guitars that are not solid, and there are a lot of things to learn, good high fret access for instance.
     
  4. Todd Lynch

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    These are nice.
     
  5. Bryan T

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    I think the base guitars are quite nice. There are a few places where they cut corners (bridges, pickups) and a few things I don't like (gaudy inlays on some, gold hardware on some). A lot of the guitars that I've played have needed some fretwork, but that isn't that big of a deal. I have one of the 335 style guitars right now and after a new bridge, pickups, and some fretwork I think it'll be an excellent instrument.

    Bryan
     
  6. 5E3

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    I tried an AG75 like this one a year or so back:
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    It sounded fine, the build quality was good, but the body was physically to large for me to play comfortable after getting hooked on a Strat. The other hollow body I tried was a Schecter Diamond Series, which was wonderful except for the Bigsby Trem. Went out of tune every time I touched it. :(
     
  7. 1973Marshall

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    I think some are better than others, but the AF105 and the AS73 are great values. Not thrilled with pups, but the AS73 is a gigging machine for the price.
     
  8. frank62

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    They are great values. Also might look at a Washburn J6.
     
  9. Tritone

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    I actually own both of those! And I replaced the AS73's pickups with Seth Lovers to my great satisfaction.
     
  10. derekd

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    As others have said, great bang for the buck.
     
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    I recently sold my Artcore but have zero complaints about it. I just wasn't using it. It was surpsingly detailed in construction and had wonderful tone and feel.
     
  13. teleman65

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    I have one of these. It needed a bit of work but it sounds okay. I'm going to change the pickups.
     
  14. dead mike

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    ive got an afs75t and i recommend it. the finish is top notch and the frets were nicely dressed and it has a thin fast neck. the down side is the bigsby gos sharp on the bottom stings (i can fix this i think) and the neck to me is not sturdy enough in the body attachment. As bad as that sounds i still like the guitar and it has its own distinct sound with those low powered pups.
     
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    just stay away from the ones with the tremolo arm. i didnt have one myself but a friend did and that arm was horrible. otherwise it was a really nice guitar for the price. i went the Epi Dot route and wish i would done the ibanez now. oh wells
     
  16. shally

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    nice work.. your guitar may be 300 bucks, but your hands are gold..

    i want someone to tell me they can tell that recording was made with a 300 dollar guitar ? they cant

    one of my favorite guitarists in new orleans, Mem S..., used to record and play with one of the low end peavey solidbodies.. man ! he had chops and tone.. he finally landed an endorsement deal with an unnamed big company to play and use one of their semi-hollowbody instruments.
    he would keep 'em for a while and then sell them off because he liked his sound better on the cheap Peavey.. so did i...
     
  17. dead mike

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    hey im a bouncer at a bar here in Edmonton, Mem just came through a few weeks ago. Man can he play.
     
  18. shally

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    he is a better singer even.. when you look up "soulful" in the dictionary, his picture is there.

    you could not find a nicer human being. self taught. driving a cab for years to support himself. i love him and wish him every good fortune someone can have- he is like family to me..
     
  19. soopajeanmi

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    Had a AK-95 for a while. They're good. THe neck is particularly round and comfy, the setup is nice. I'd change the pickups as they're lacking in mids compared to a gibson.
     
  20. Blind Rat

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    I got an AF75 a couple of months ago I love it way more versatile than I thought it would ever be,the pick ups are not bad and I think all the Artcores have the same ACH 1 and 2 pick ups.
     

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