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Flawless. (Ibanez - AM93)

By heads on fire, 02/03/2012
The AM 93 guitar is a semi hollow guitar in Ibanez's Artcore series. It has an arched maple top, back, and sides, and all are bound and made of quilted maple. Neck is 3 piece with mahogany and maple, and fretboard is bound rosewood, block inlays, and 22 frets. It uses the Custom 58 pickups, and has a tuneamatic style bridge and tailpiece setup. There is a floating pickguard, and 2 volume, 2 tone control setup with a 3 way switch.

UTILIZATION

This guitar is fantastic. It is gorgeous, and breath-takingly so - this guitar looks like it should cost 4 times what it does. The playability is extremely nice, with a very positive string action. It balances quite well, and the ergonomics are comfortable. Many hollow and semi-hollow guitars have balance and ergonomic problems, yet the AM 93 is a joy to play. One detail I love is the knobs - they are classy looking, yet have a nice rubber ring around the top to greatly enhance finger grip.

SOUNDS

Here we go! These pickups are incredible! Their tone has this nice, buttery warmth, and the crisp note definition is unparalleled. This is a great guitar for blues, jazz, rockabilly, country, classic rock, reggae, ska, and jazz-fusion. Really, about the only genre I can think of this guitar not meshing well with is any of the extremely heavy metal styles, although it could sound neat on metal recordings, being used on clean passages or solos.

OVERALL OPINION

This guitar can be had for $550 new. That is just a steal and a half. I don't understand how they can make so much guitar for so little money! There is something about an Ibanez semi-hollow guitar that just works! They've been making incredible semis since at least the 70s, with giants like Scofield, Metheny, and Benson playing their guitars exclusively. This guitar is no departure from that great tradition. Flawlessly done, Ibanez. Highly recommended.
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Ibanez AM205 Artist Super Edition (Ibanez - AM205)

By MGR/Otar of the Hill People, 29/06/2001
I got this guitar online through a Canadian music store named Capsule Music. I payed $750 for it, and it came with hard case. It was made in 1985 in Japan.


The AM205 is the coolest guitar you could ever have. It's a double cut-away semi-hollowbody with a body size no bigger than a double cut les paul. Those kinds of guitars are just so hard to find. What I love about it is that it never gets out of tune, has the richest, warm, yet clean sound you can imagine, and looks amazing. It sounds like Trey Anastasio's languedoc, and looks a bit like it too. The neck is fabulous, with beautiful pearl inlays, nice round frets and a great action. It's also relatively light and that makes it easy to play it standing up for hours. It's the perfect all around guitar, with the clear and warm jazz sound, and an awesome sustained rock sound.


perhaps the only thing I don't like is that you can't get the twang out of it, like you can from a strat. I still miss the great note-to-note definition of the strat, where each note has its own little click. On the Ibanez, that doesn't happen, because it has a slightly shorter scale, and humbuckers. A whammy would be nice, but that's too much to ask for.


The Ibanez AM205 it a semi-hollowbody, with a pair of very nice humbuckers. It has gold hardware, although the gold has peeled off the pickup covers a little. It has two volume and two tone knobs, just like a les paul, except the 3-way toggle switch it right next to the upper volume knob, and not on the upper "wing" region like on the gibson. It has an ebony fretboard, with triangle-inside-a-square pearl inlays, and 22 frets. There is a gorgeous inlay on the headstock, like most Ibanez Artists do. This guitar is amazingly crafted. every detail is done with great care and attention


It's the best guitar I've ever had, and I've had les pauls and epiphones and hammers and strats. It kicks the les pauls ass - much more pleasing to play, own and pay for. If you want an awesome hollowbody and can't afford the overpriced PRS and Gibson, and don't want to settle for the dot, try to find one on the web. many people have them for sale.


This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Ibanez Am73 (Ibanez - AM73)

By MGR/Dan, 04/01/2004
I wanted to buy a high quality, play at home, guitar. I asked a local Yamaha for a few different guitars I was considering and he brought them all into his shop for me to try. I paid $299 for my Artcore

The Artcore was impressive right out of the box and has only improved with more use. I have a Strat too, which is an exceptional instrument, but the vibe from the Artcore, although entirely different, is just as brilliant.

Although the factory PUPs are very good, I’ve now installed a set of Seymour Duncan ‘59s that compliment the AM73 perfectly. The Artcore now positively glows and the variety of sounds that can be coaxed from it are amazing. It can go from dark and sweet, to badass raunchy, along with everything else in between.


I was disappointed this classy guitar didn’t include a pickguard and really detested the knobs for tone and volume. Finding a case for it has also been a hassle. Aside from those minor details, this guitar is perfect. For the price, you just know some corners had to be cut. Ibanez was smart to reduce production costs on these minor and easily corrected details, instead of on the quality of construction (which is superb), wood or electronics. Good job Ibanez!

I haven’t been playing that long, so I’m not yet biased by brand loyalty or image and I take very special care when buying a guitar. I’m not embarrassed to ask more experience players for advise either. Before buying my Artcore, I did a LOT of strumming on EVERYTHING available on the showroom floor. I had narrowed it down to two guitars, The AM73 and an Epiphone Sheraton. I played both and asked some other players to do the same. EVERYONE liked the Artcore more, even though the Sheraton costs twice as much. I think that’s a pretty good endorsement. The neck just pours itself into your hand. This is a very, very, special instrument.

Quality is very important to me and it just oozes from this guitar! The blue finish is perfect. Nothing was skimped in the construction, the build is top notch. The pots and switch feel solid and it stays in tune no matter what. The black headstock looks classy with the Ibanez name in mother of pearl and silver logo. I didn’t find this quality even on guitars that were MUCH more expensive. It’s a set neck and interior kerfing. This sucker is solid!



This is a perfect beginners guitar. The price is right and this axe will lead you down the road a loooooong ways. In the hands of an experienced player, it can do anything! Twenty years from now, the AM73 will be a classic; it really is a sexy beast. Everyone who has seen mine, think it cost me at least three times more than I paid for it.

It’s stunning. I know a lot of people like the brown, but the blue is gorgeous. My next-door neighbor is a Sound Engineer and says it has great “stage presence”… all I can say is that it looks impressive in my practice room!

If for some reason I lost my Artcore, I would unquestionably get another immediately. Heck, buy a bunch of them now while they’re cheap and make a truckload of money off them twenty years down the road.


This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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like good wine: a great year! (Ibanez - AM50 )

By loran38, 09/02/2013
this is a 1983 Japanese mine on these models hollowbody Ibanez copied the ES335 reducing the size of the fund by 15%.
The irony of history is that Gibson copied this ibanez guitar for the ES339 out about 20 years later!
the violin is of very high quality and has nothing to envy to Gibson, this is the case with all the old ibanez, the Japanese had reserves of dry wood at this time and these guitars are like good wine, it age and get better in time ...
characteristics:
3-position selector
2 volumes + 2 tone
1 2-position selector (boost) added

UTILIZATION

end sleeve: very nice for my small hands.
the weight is very light, it does not fatigue.
equipped pulling 10-52 is perfect
22 frets, very good access to acute.

SOUNDS

I replaced all the electronics for the original 58 super micro bridge was replaced by his former owner by a emg and mic handle original sin had no more.
I fitted gibson knob and especially a pair of micro PAF seymour duncan antiquity .... and the result is amazing!

I play on a tube head hughes and kettner TubeMeister 36, exit to the cab 1x12 of the same brand and it's .......... Big Foot!
my registry is jazz / rock / blues / bossa / reggae ....

the sound of the mic handle and setting the tone knob allows me to cover jazz and bossa records, the bridge mic I use for blues solos and accompaniment also of course reggae.
I inserted tube screamer pedal Maxon OD808 for the blues / rock and solos, it pulls serious ...
middle position is great for rhythm.
my luthier to add a selector switch 2 positions that couples the two microphones and slightly increase their level of output with a distortion above can be accessed metal sounds without problem, but it's not my thing.

OVERALL OPINION

dreaming of an ES335, which is outside the budget for my apple, I bought secondhand recently on a whim for the heart and also incredibly low price and I still have more progress to make the turn with the mic seymour antiquity the slightest mistake will not forgive!

my teacher has a custom shop ES335 purchased in the U.S., and frankly I'm not jealous, it would even be the opposite ....

value for money: the top I had to purchase 950 roros including guitar + electronics and pickups new! what could be better for a guitar collector that level?
namely that the secondhand listings for this model is around € 1,000 to see a bit more (see argus ibanez on the web)

if it again and my budget would: I would buy all those old ibanez (my second).

of course I keep this guitar exceptional life!
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