Ibanez Artcore AS53 - Tobacco Flat

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Sapele Top, Back, and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Tobacco Brown
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Sweet Semi-hollowbody Mojo!

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 solidbody 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.

Ibanez AS53 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Compact and comfortable body is fun and easy to play
  • Custom humbuckers deliver warm and creamy tone
  • All of the fat hollowbody tones you love
Compact and comfortable body is fun and easy to play

Solidbody 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 solidbody 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.

Custom humbuckers deliver warm and creamy tone

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.

All of the fat semi-hollow tones you love

Semi-hollowbody guitars are used in most genres of music. The AS53 is great for jazz, rockabilly, and many other styles of music. Don't forget that hollowbodies have also been used in rock 'n' roll, fusion, and even country bands. Get the Ibanez AS53 and start playing with big, fat hollowbody tone today!

Ibanez AS53 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Totally playable undersized body
  • Sapele top, back, and sides deliver lyrically rich and naturally warm tone
  • Mahogany neck with bound rosewood fretboard feels great and provides fantastic stability
  • Dual humbuckers provide you with the sweet sound jazz boxes are known for
Get sweet semi-hollowbody tones with an Ibanez AS53!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape AS
Left-/Right-handed RIght-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Sepele
Top Material Sapele
Color Tobacco Brown
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape Artcore
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Pearl Dots
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.6875"
Bridge/Tailpiece ART-ST
Tuners OEM
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup ACH-ST Humbucker
Bridge Pickup ACH-ST Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Toggle
Strings (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number AS53TF

Customer Reviews

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Awesome Guitar

I have played guitar for about 40+ years and I have a dozen or so guitars including some pretty pricey hollowbody and semi-hollowbody vintage Gibsons (i.e 335's/355), Strat, Tele, Kramer, Dean, Epi, Yamahas, etc.This is my first Ibanez guitar and I can easily say that not only does this guitar play more easily than all of my other guitars, but it absolutely hands down beats all my guitars when it comes to its sound, including my Gibson hollow and semi hollow bodies. I had wanted an Ibanez Artcore for years and I did a ton of research before I bought this guitar. I saw Richard Daude playing one on several videos on YouTube and it sounded terrific. SO I took a chance and finally decided on this model. I have heard tales about people getting them all our of adjustment but thanks to the fact I only buy from Sweetwater their 55 point setup had it totally perfect. I cant find a thing wrong with the guitar and I cannot believe that the best guitar in my collection is an Ibanez.Wow! you wont be disappointed!And my next guitar will for sure be another Ibanez!
Music background: 40 + years playing

A lot of guitar for not so much $$

Honestly, I was not sure what to expect from a guitar this inexpensive. I have played in bands, duos, trios and solo (mostly bass and vocals and some guitar). The photos looked very nice and other reviewers were impressed but I had no idea what their basis for comparison was. I just stopped playing 3-4 nights a week a few years ago and have been used to equipment meant for pros and a lot of abuse. This guitar feels nice, plays very well (thank you Sweetwater & your setup process) and if I would have picked it up in a store with no tag I would have never guessed the price! Of course, the electronics are fairly basic, but it gives a number of tones, plays well and feels solid. I really did not think a guitar this inexpensive could be this nice!
Music background: Regularly performed for over 30 years

Impressive Value

Setting price aside for a moment, sapelle as a tonewood just works great with humbuckers. This guitar is its own thing, with its own voice, even among nearly identical Ibanez siblings made of more expensive woods. You already know that Ibanez is a super reliable, modern guitar maker. They produce quality instruments at every price point, every day of the year. Normally, I don't buy them because their big market niche is pointy guitars with hot pickups and whammy bars, while I am more of a vintage guitar person, but I've tried customers' Ibanez gits, basses and accessories and all are very good quality for money. Since I've worked on many rare and valuable instruments and amps over the years, I have developed better taste that I can afford. For my own use, I must mod affordable guitars until they meet my totally unrealistic expectations. My (red) Ibby AS53 didn't have far to go to become a real gem among the firewood. The build quality, the geometry and humble matte finish were as perfect as Japanese robots can make them, which is to say, perfect. The low price point comes from the species of wood, which I really like in this application and the budget "hard parts" - electronics and tuners. In no time I replaced ceramic pickups with decent AlNiCo V units, tossed the stingy little pots and screwed on some new tuners - with my shop discount that added about $75. The results are really good compared to anything. Though I like A2 HB pickups in most solid bodies, A5 is great is this softer wood. The tone has a nice complexity in the middle, with a rich, sculpted low end. The wood also sweetens the tart A5 highs into smooth, tasty custard, without sounding dark. Played into a small tube combo with the guys or plugged into a home studio audio interface or digital amp modeler, this guitar delivers the goods. It feels nice in hand, plays in tune, holds it setup over time and just sounds surprising good at playback. It is not finicky or fussy at all with simple Tele-like controls and vintage, woody tone. Don't delay, this thing is a real working player's tool for low money.
Music background: Audio engineer, guitar & amp tech since the '70's

Not bad for the money.

I got this back in February, 2013. It's a good guitar for the money. I had to fix a little string buzz, not a big issue just some bridge adjustments, and a 1/2 turn on the truss rod and everything was good. Pickups aren't the best sounding, of course, this is a $300 dollar guitar. Build quality was excellent. I will upgrade the tuning machines. The ones on it are okay, but I prefer ones that lock. If you want an ES-335 on a budget, and found the similar Epiphone Studio a bit lacking as I did, then this one is worth a shot. But as I say in the tittle, it's about how much you want to spend. There are better ones to be had, (obviously).
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Semi Hollows, Ibanez, Ibanez Semi-hollowbody Guitars