Ibanez Artstar what is the reputation? Have you tried it?

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  1. antics31

    antics31 Member

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    Hi!

    I'm looking for a semi-hollow with humbuckers to buy and I just discovered the Ibanez Artstar. None of the local guitar shops actually have it in stock so I have to rely on youtube and reviews.

    Anyone tried it or own it? Can it do Blues? Other options for around that price or less?

    I've actually been able to try the Epiphone ES-339 and it was OK but the neck was a little too slow for my tastes. Overall it was fine. Once I discovered the Artstar it looked like something better than would fit what I'm looking for--a Blues and Clean axe.

    Thanks for the replies!


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  2. derekd

    derekd Supporting Member

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    This guy sez it does the blues. I think he's right.

     
  3. Turi

    Turi Member

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    The Artstars are great, but so is the Epi ES-339 that you already tried!

    Sand the neck down and that's one awesome guitar!

    I agree they're a little slow otherwise, because the poly is so thick it's kinda sticky - sand down the neck, it makes a HUGE difference.

    You should do this on all thick poly necks.
     
  4. adauria

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    I have an older one (Artstar 120). Mine is setup more for jazz, but it could definitely do blues with lighter strings and such. It's a great value for what I paid and could easily be very versatile for rock, blues or jazz.

    -Andrew
     
  5. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    I've got a MIK AS-120 - agreed that it's an amazing guitar for the money.
     
  6. pickdropper

    pickdropper Supporting Member

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    I had a MIK AS-120 that I should've kept. It played really nicely and the pickups were some of the best stock pickups that I've had in a guitar.

    My only knock (and the reason I ultimately sold it) was that the neck was very very thin. It reminded me of a Wizard neck.

    I'm not sure if they are all like that, however.
     
  7. onemoretime

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    Never owned an Artstar. They were supposed to be a cut above the Artcores which are nice guitars in their own right.
     
  8. Robert1950

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    I tried an Epi 339. and an Ibanez AM93 last year. I have had the AM93 for almost a year. No regrets. The AM153 is the current model with a few upgrades. I play blues riffs most of the time. I like the neck pickup for that.
     

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