Absolutly the best guitar I have ever owned. I've been blaying 43 years. I've had about every name brand guitar made. This AS120 is bassically a copy of an ES335 but with what I consider better craftmanship, tone and overall sound and feel. I replaced my 1968 ES 335 Orange Lable with this Ibanez. But always remember, everone is different. What feels good to me may not to you. You have to consider soundwise what you plan on doing. You will eventualy have a quiver of guitars. I use a strat with bill lawerence blade pickups with a Squire neck from 1986. That just fits for me. I also use a Larrivee L03-RE for my acoustic, an Alverez Yari from 1974 for my Classical and a Yamaha G235 for Classical and Flamingo. I play a Tune 5 string bass with active pickps and a Fretless Fender P for my bass quiver. Gold tone 5 string banjo for that area and a Bari Hawaian Homemade uke to cover that range. See what happens when you get old.
Where Obtained: Private Seller
This guitar was made at the Cort Factory in Korea in 1995. It has round horns and the small headstock. The body is Maple and the finger board is Rosewood with block inlay. It has two super 58 pickups. 500K mini pots with .223 caps on the neck and bridge that I changed. See below. The body is exactly the same measurements as a Gibson 335. The set in neck is a couple mm thiner all the way up to the body. Tuners look like grovers with white plastic buttons. I have a trans red finish with white triple binding that aged very well. I think the smaller headstock lines the strings up better for the intonation perfection. Bridge is a Gibson tunamatic with a stop tail piece. Solid maple block through the body with one extra rib completely throught at the neck base. Built very well.
The neck is so thin that it is super fast as Ibanez gutiars are know for that quality. I remember back in 1976 with the law suit models, walking in to a music store and thinking I was playing a well but together gibson Flying V and looking harder to see it was an Ibanez.
This guitar was made in the Cort Factory in 1995 and has REAL super 58 pickups. Sound great with the factory caps but I put .047 orange drop caps to get the warmer gibson sound. It came with .223 I changed the three way switch as well for a better one that does not leak. Pots were all match with less than 5% tol. It's quiet, warm, and works great recording. I use a lexicon Omega with cubase software to record with.
Rock Solid. It even has a few more braces that the gibson or eppi has. Stays in tune and intonation is righ on the money. I did put strap locks on it as I do all my instruments that have a shoulder strap. Climatic changes does not seem to bother it. The gold is faded which all gold does. I live on the river and leave it hanging on the wall of my studio and it does not seem to effect it.
A decent entry level guitar, better than the GIO line by Ibanez. But, I would go for something else.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash, Cleveland, OH
Bolt on neck, string through body, gunmetal finish. Les Paul electronics, w/individual tone and volume for neck/bridge position pickups.
I hate how this thing plays, honestly. And I dont really know why, it just feels slow compared to other guitars.
The pickups are just okay, nothing special here.
I compared it to Standard Strats, Epiphones and Washburns in the same price range and just like this one better. I would definitly need another if it were lost or stolen. The only thin I can think that might make it better is a middle single PU. Best thing is the sustain, the worst is the lack of color choices (black and gunmetal only, but I like the gunmetal) I got this special order, pulled it out of the box hooked it to a tuner and with very little tweeking it was in tune and the intonation was very good.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: George's Music
Sweet feeling smooth as silk neck. Double cutaway. Through body stringing, no tremolo. Mahogany body. I little heavy but feels good. Dual volume and tone on dual humbuckers.
Neck is thin but not too thin. Just feels good. It might be a bit too narrow if you have very fat fingers. Nice low action and easy to fret.
Awsome sustain. Nice soft sound to heavy distortion with both humbuckers. Good clean and sharp sound with the bridge PU, but not quite as sharp as a Strat. Seldom play with neck PU alone.
Only had it for a month, but seems solid as a rock.