Ibanez Artist

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Ibanez

Description Black with full on binding. Short scale double cutaway with very Les Paul pickup setup. Push pull pot in neck position tone knob switches neck pickup to single coil.
Posted By Kenneth Detro (80)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 8/31/2004, Shawn Duggan (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this guitar, Action on it is great.
Model Year: 1982
Price: $325.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Tewksbury Music, Tewksbury MA
Features:
Solid black, chrome hardware 2 dual-humbuckers
Playability:
Excellent action
Sound Quality:
Very good
Durability:
Very reliable good for gigging
On 7/21/2004, Matthew Warnock (12) posted:
Overall Rating:
The only reason that I am looking for a different guitar right now is because I like to play sitting down in a classical situation and the size and weight don't really allow that position. But other than that I hate to put this guitar up for sale but I am. I am looking for 1000 USD for it if anyone is interested.
Model Year: 1978
Price: $1250.00
Where Obtained: private dealer
Features:
It's a lawsuit model 335. It was built to the exact specs of a 78 gibson 335. It is a flametop with double cutaway with 22 frets. It has a master volume, and then two volume and two tone knobs for each pickup as well as a pickup switch. It has passive electronics, two humbuckers. It has an elevated bridge which is attached to the body of the guitar with a bolting system. It has locking tuners.
Playability:
I have a very low action for playing jazz on it and the neck is a medium size. I love the feel and have used it for any style in any setting and been happy with the playability.
Sound Quality:
I use a boss me-50 effects board, mostly just for volume control and a bit of delay for jazz stuff. But I also use the distortion and chorus effects for the rock and r&b stuff I do. It can go from a dark full sound to a high tinny sound depending on what I want it is very versitile. I use a polytone mini brute II and a fender blues junior in stereo. I have done numerous recording sessions and tours with this guitar and have been happy with the sound everytinme.
Durability:
It is a very reliable guitar, some intonation adjustments as the seasons change or when I've taken it overseas but that's it. Only minor adjustments needed.
On 9/23/2001, Kenneth Detro (80) posted:
Overall Rating:
I ve looked at hunreds of guitars over the years. many of which were charming in theyre own ways. I like this one because it has no really obvious tonal signiture but is , as I have said, rich and powerfull but capable of nuance. The only way that I could improve this guitar would to make it lighter. It weighs a lot and can be a pain in the shoulder. I understand that the weight is partly responsible for its incredible tone and so I am willing to put up with it.
Price: $400.00
Where Obtained: used dealer
Features:
Made in Japan with mahogany neck and laminated mahogany body. 22 fret with four knob- vol tone, vol tone.upper switch has three positions between two humbucking pickups. All passive with stock p-ups. Has black shiny with binding(white) finish. Double cutawaywith badass type bridge andstock tuners. This is simply a great guitar. I have used it sucessfully in both jazz and rock situations. It is dependable, tunes easily needs no constant setup and has a very beautifull but slightly aggresive tone that is both warm and rich. Has a tendancy to sing harmonicly when the amp is overdriven which I use to my advantage.
Playability:
I prefer a slightly high action and use rather stiff strings, 10 or 11 at high "E". I like to not roll over the strings as I bend and like to actually strike the string rather than pluck. I played Fenders for years and the thickness of this neck was at first a pain but the increased sustain and generally more woody and aggresive tone won me over so completely that Fenders sound thin to me now. This is not a shred guitar, the strings are closer than I would like for very fast playing but fortunatly those days are behind me and I am more interested in expression now. This guitar is capable of nuance in both volume and tone that my previous(68 Fender Strat) was incapable.
Sound Quality:
I use principly a Marshall JCM 800 lead series from somewhere in the early eighties with a Jackson four twelve and a Mesa two twelve cabinets. (Great combo, Both dark and crispy)I use no effects whatsoever except for a whah when I am asked to. I do mostly avant garde stuff in the Jazz/metal/blues vein. The sound of the neck p-up was a little poofy with just the Jackson four twelve but the Mesa cab really brightened up my sound. I love the bridge p-up sound and use it for a seventies rock sound. It has the push pull to a single coil in the bridge position that I never use. The hum is irritating and It simply makes no sense to me to put a single coil in what is obviously a Gibson knockoff.
Durability:
Durable as hell never a problem. Rock steady in situations where air pressure is different such as at elevations or when traveling by air. I replaced the pins with strap lok devive immediatly and like them but the screws are never long enough and I had to replace them after two years. The jack is always a problem I know I should tighten it once in a while but I always forget and the wires get all twisted around. I have to run the cable around my strap to get it to not crackle and buzz from insecure connection. The high E sounds buzzy when there is old strings on it