Ibanez Artcore AM-73

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Ibanez

Description Jazz style semi-hollow body electric guitar. Twin humbuckers with tone and volume controls for both.
Posted By James McManus (15)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (of 5)
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On 8/22/2012, S.D. Williams (279) posted:
Overall Rating:
Ibanez is a good product(has been for me anyway).I got it because I wanted to get some hollow-body blues tone.The factory set-up was good ,but you may need to lower the bridge a little & fine tune for intonation.This is a nice one stock,but with some good custom PU's I'd put it up against a $1500 gtr. I'd say it's a very good guitar that could be made great.
Features:
Made in China. Ibanez has good quality control. I have 4 Ibanez gtrs. -Semi-hollow ,it has large solid maple center block. -thinner body,slitely thicker than most solidbody gtrs. -Humbuckers,seperate volume & tone for each. Top,Back&Sides = Maple Fingerboard = Bound Rosewood Frets = 22 jumbo Machine Heads = Chrome Neck Joint = Artcore Set-In Neck Material = Mahogany Bridge/Tremolo = ART1 bridge Inlays = Pearl Dot Pickups = ACH1(H) Neck, ACH2(H) Bridge ,passive I have the transparent Brown w/ looks pretty much black in most lighting.It's alot better looking than the pictures they use to sell it.
Playability:
Sound Quality:
Great sound. It sounds good to me on any clean tones, Easy to find a pretty nice dirty blues tone too.It can pull off most rock too. The stock PUPs are not bad but of-course you can do better. Stock PUPs are ceramic so I do feel like I need some Alnico II in it. Maybe some P90's!
Durability:
I've had it about 4 years & it only gets better.I have not upgraded anything,just fine-tuned the setup.I keep this one in a case w/ one of those cheap humitifiers & have not had any climate problems.
On 3/11/2005, James McManus (15) posted:
Overall Rating:
I wasn't looking for a guitar when I found this. I was waiting on the salesman about a different guitar and took this down and started playing it. I was really gentle with it because I figured it was a $700-$1000 guitar. I would definitely buy another one of these if something were to happen to this one. I would probably be waiting though, as it's often on back order. This guitar looks like it wants to play, and when you play it, it sounds like its enjoying itself. More than any other guitar I own, this one keeps calling me to pick it up and start playing.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $299.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Zzounds.com
Features:
Made in China. Don't know what kind of wood for the body, rosewood looking neck. Six string, 22 medium frets, neck and bridge humbuckers with volume and tone pots for each pickup. Three way selector down by the pots. Pickups are Ibanez 'no names' but they are fairly hot, with a good balance. Available in translucent brown or blue, I have the brown one which looks very nice and understated. It is a double cutaway, thin semi-hollowbody that allows pretty good access all the way to fret 22. It's thin enough so you don't feel like you're clinging to it. Tuners are 'no-names' but they are very smooth action and precise. Mine holds tuning very well, and I use several different tunings, so I'm always messing with the tuners.
Playability:
Guitar plays very well. Out of the box it felt nice and comfortable, and as I'm playing it gets better. Neck is small enough that I can reach uncomfortable chord shapes (and with it's jazz type set up, this is probable) better than most but wide enough to accomodate less than perfect finger positioning. The action is fairly low, which for my playing style is good. I've not played many guitars of this style, but it plays better than my Strat. It definitely has an electric feel to the setup, so it's softer than an Ovation or most dreadnought acoustics.
Sound Quality:
I play a bunch of styles, blues, rock, folk and after a hard week, maybe even a little punk. This does extremely well for the blues and folk, and makes me want to get out the jazz guitar for dummy's books. It's good for rock but the sound really shines just at the edge of distortion, Chicago bluesy sort of stuff. Rhythm is really nice and balanced sound, and with the bridge pickup kicked it can cut through for nice solos. Overall, guitar seems like it would do well on stage, maybe I'm paranoid but I'd keep it in the hardshell case though. I mostly record and it not only is a welcome addition to my guitar sound, but looks good, too.
Durability:
I was worried about a guitar with this much open wood area but so far it's not seemed to be affected at all by weather. It holds tuning better than any of my other guitars. Other than that, I haven't messed with any of the guts. The neck was set up just right so I didn't need to mess with the truss rod, and the intonation is close enough that I'm not going to bother with it until I start experimenting with heavier strings. (Something several people have said really helps the sound.)