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Ibanez AS53TF Electric Guitar, Trans Finish
|Price:||$299.99 & FREE Shipping|
- Sapele top, back, and sides
- Mahogany Neck
- Bound Rosewood Fingerboard
- Two ACH-ST open-coil humbuckers with ceramic magnets
- Master volume/tone
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|Body Material Type||Mahogany||Maple||Mahogany||solid-wood||Mahogany||Maple|
|Guitar Bridge System||fixed||tremolo||Adjustable||Art1||Floating||adjustable|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||magnetic-combination||humbucker||single-coil||humbucker||Humbucker/Humbucker||ACH pus|
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|Item Dimensions||12 x 6 x 43 in||—||17.7 x 43 x 5 in||3 x 38.5 x 14 in||21.2 x 47 x 6.1 in||21 x 47 x 6.2 in|
With it's classic design the Ibanez AS53 semi-hollowbody electric guitar gives you the comfort of a smaller body and modern sound for an amazing low price. The sapele top, back, and sides offer plenty of warmth and punch, and the mahogany neck is fast and comfy. While the AS53 looks like your typical semi-hollowbody guitar, its body is about the size of a traditional solid body guitar. Less bulk and weight make this guitar extremely comfortable to play. A pair of humbuckers can take your amplifier from sparkle to snarl in the blink of an eye. When you're on a budget and need a whole lotta bang for the buck, you won't be disappointed with the Ibanez AS53 semi-hollowbody electric guitar. Solid body players sometimes shy away from semi-hollowbody guitars due to the size even though they want the tone. The Ibanez AS53 crosses that barrier with a smaller body that is comfortable to solid body players, but is still a true semi-hollowbody guitar. Using the classic maple body and mahogany neck combination, the AS53 gives you the semi-hollow sound you want. No more having to get used to oversized and uncomfortable guitars for great tone. The Ibanez AS53 is the perfect culmination of tone and size. Ibanez designed the AS53's ACH-ST pickups to give you warm and well-balanced tone. They really bring out the depth and tonal complexity in the AS53's all sapele body. At the same time, ACH-ST pickups do an amazing job suppressing noise and reducing the feedback that tends to plague semi-hollowbody guitars.
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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.
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.