We all know that Ibanez guitars are luxuries to some guitar players out there. That isn’t untrue. Ibanez is a very reputable guitar brand. They have a wide variety of guitars to offer. Today, we are going to do an Ibanez Artcore AS53 Semi Hollow electric guitar review. We are going to pinpoint some unique features about this guitar, so stay tuned!

Product Description

Here are the specifications from the Ibanez Guitars’ website:

Specifications

SPEC

neck type Artcore AS Mahogany set-in neck
body Sapele top/back/sides
fretboard Bound Rosewood fretboard w/White dot inlay
fret Medium frets
bridge ART-ST bridge
tailpiece ART-ST tailpiece
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
string gauge .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
hardware color Chrome

NECK DIMENSIONS

Ibanez Specs

from Ibanez Guitars’ website

Scale : 628mm/24.7″
a : Width 43mm at NUT
b : Width 57mm at 22F
c : Thickness 21mm at 1F
d : Thickness 24mm at 9F
Radius : 305mmR

BODY DIMENSIONS

Ibanez Specs

from Ibanez Guitars’ website

a : Length 19 1/4″
b : Width 15 3/4″
c : Max Depth 2 5/8″

In case you’re wondering what the hell is Artcore, take a look at this sample:

Artcore

Ibanez introduced Artcore in 2002 and has been the hollow-body guitar of choice for musicians for the last 10 years. The Artcore’s combination of quality workmanship and affordability has created legions of fans from diverse genres as blues, country, rock and jazz. Musicians can find the purity of an old school style jazz-box to a hybrid semi-hollow rocker. Artcore is highly respected for its tone, sustain and the way they hold their tuning and how the series continues to push the boundaries of guitar building.

Ibanez AS53 full

Features
  • Infinity R pickups feature warm, balanced articulation and excellent response for various music genres
  • Art-st Bridge provides tuning stability
  • Easy access to higher notes

FAQ (from Amazon)

Does this give out a blues bluesy tone?

This guitar is great for blues, rock, and jazz.

Question. can i play this guitar without an amp i’m looking for a semi acoustic guitar and couldn’t find anything in the description. thanks

Not really. It doesn’t have the full sound of a regular acoustic guitar. It is a great guitar however.

-Whats the difference between the as53 and the am53?

I noticed the pickup model was different in the description between the 2 in the literature I read

-Regarding the width of the neck, is it comparable to a Telecaster or more toward an SG?

At the nut they are similar but the ibanez has a Gibson scale and bridge style so it might feel more like a Gibson. The neck on the ibanez is not real fat it’s smooth rounded in the back not v shaped

Reviews

The reviews were positive and satisfactory.

#1

This guitar is gorgeous. The picture doesn’t do the finish justice. However, I was expecting a darker fretboard. It’s odd to have a fretboard that is lighter than your body on a wood-tone guitar.

Sound is subjective, so I won’t go too much into that, but unless you’re picky, you’ll be happy with this sound… and if you’re picky, spend more money!

Quality wise, it’s decent. The frets on the bottom side (high E string) sit slightly proud of the side of the fretboard. They aren’t rough or sharp, but you can certainly feel them. The top (low E string) is smooth. The A string has some fret buzz. The guitar comes with instructions on how to adjust the truss rod and an Allen wrench to do so, but I wasn’t able to get it to go away completely. I don’t know how well it keeps in tune. I’ve had to retune it several times during each practice session, but this may just be the strings settling. Ibanez is pretty notorious for having bad tuners, but these feel good to me. All three of these issues are pretty easy to fix, though, so it’s no reason not to buy the guitar.

Coming from an late 90’s Squier Strat, this thing feels like a million bucks.

#2

How much do I love this guitar! Nice feel in my arms – well balanced – neck is clean and smooth, perfect for my hands and fingers, guitar sings nice and bluesy but she can do many sounds depending on settings. Color is cool – more very deep chocolate brown than black, trim is cream rather than white. Its just a very nice guitar for $299.

Delivery however was disappointing. I ordered on a Thursday and was informed the guitar would be delivered the following Wednesday – hardly two day delivery per the terms of Amazon Prime. But the guitar didn’t arrive Wednesday. When it arrived the following day the packaging was terrible. The box wasn’t even taped closed. Anyone could have slid the top off and tampered with the contents.

Luckily guitar is fine, no marks of any kind. I’m happy to have this great guitar in my collection and next time I’ll be sure not to purchase from the same vendor.

#3

Where do I start this is the best semi hollow guitar for this price range. A work horse with just the necessary fixings. Tone is bright and smooth but when you crank up the gain gets really ballzy like a Gibson. I shipped internationally so mine came with the toggle switch inside the body, I contacted Musicians Madness and they paid for it to be fixed. No surface damages or anything i ordered the trans black but it was out of stock I couldn’t wait so I opted for the red which I love even more. The finish is pristine, the feel of the neck is like heaven. Overall even though my purchase have hickups I love this guitar love it love I love it.

#4

The finish of this guitar is high quality, it is basically flawless. This finish is highly resistant against scratches . The electrical circuit is good and decent, no hums nor electrostatic noises while adjusting the knobs or switching the pickups. The pickups provide relatively high output, enough to create some crunchy clipping in clean channels with some amps. The timbre is suitable for blues , jazz and heavy rock. Excellent sustain. After a while i decided to change the pickups for more “acoustic” humbuckers that have less kilo ohms, (maybe less inductance) and slightly less output but more bright timbre, this is just a matter of personal ever changing tastes. I like the fact that this guitar only has two control knobs, which makes it a very simple, no-nonsense elegant and classy guitar , this is one of the reasons i decided for this Artcore model instead the most expensive ones

I had to invest some time in adjusting the string action, the nut and leveling the frets in order to get a easier to play guitar and near perfect intonation. But this is something you must do with 85% of the guitars on sale regardless of their price tag. Besides this, my only complain would be the tuners weren’t smooth, which caused some problems and annoyances , but instead of buying new tuners, all i had to do was to apply some wd-40 inside the tuners to make them ultra smooth and precise like any other high quality tuners, so i just don’t feel the need to buy new tuners at all, i simply don’t. The tuning stability also improved with this . After this i don’t see a reason to not use this guitar at professional level.

These are good times to get high quality and decent guitars at a very affordable price

Price and Rating

The Ibanez AS53 is available in 3 finishes: Brown, Transparent Black, and Transparent Red. The price of the latter, Transparent Red, is slightly lower than the rest of the finishes. The guitar’s price ranges from $296.47 to $299.99 on Amazon. Note, however, that different sellers may have different selling price.

As far as the rating goes, the Ibanez AS53 has averaged a rating of 4.4 out of 5 on Amazon. From my point of view, I give it a rating of 4.8. I know, I’m being lame right now. But I would have given it a full score had Ibanez given this guitar more finish options.

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