Ibanez AS53-TBF Artcore Transp ...
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Ibanez AS53-TBF Artcore Transparent Blue Flat
Manufacturer's ID: AS53-TBF
What we say:
Ibanez come up with the goods again: this super affordable semi-acoustic from the Artcore range out-performs guitars that are twice the price.
Ibanez Artcore guitars are a credible and sensible choice for players on a budget looking for a good quality and well finished hollowbody instrument. They are affordable but they aren't 'cheap' versions of more expensive models: they are their own range with their own feel, vibe and sound that adds a lot to the integrity of the Ibanez brand.
The AS53 has a full sized semi-hollow body made of laminated sapele which is bound on both the front and back. A 'flat' finish (matte & textured by the wood grain, Transparent Blue on this model) gives this stripped back guitar a really cool utilitarian vibe. This is echoed by the open coil pickups and singular volume and tone controls.
Speaking of the pickups, these are ceramic Infinity units, the same as you'd find on, say, an RG350 which is a real shredders guitar! These are much hotter pickups than maybe you'd expect on a semi-acoustic guitar and kudos to Ibanez: the aesthetic is very rocker-friendly and these pickups really enjoy biting onto a ton of gain! Obviously if you really push them, the semi-hollow body will cause howling but you may be surprised just how 'rock' this guitar can sound!
As you may be able to tell, we are quite taken with the AS53! We think it's an excellent playing instrument by anyone's terms: whether you need an affordable gigging guitar or want a reliable 2nd instrument, this will step up to the plate with looks, playability, vibe and attitude.
|Neck Type||Artcore As Mahogany Set-in Neck|
|Fretboard||Bound Rosewood Fretboard W/white Dot Inlay|
|Neck Pickup||Infinity R (H) Neck Pickup (Passive/ceramic)|
|Bridge Pickup||Infinity R (H) Bridge Pickup (Passive/ceramic)|
|Factory Tuning||1e, 2b, 3g, 4d, 5a, 6e|
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