Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AS93 - Blue Sunburst

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Flame Maple Top, Back, and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Bound Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Blue Sunburst
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An Affordable Semi-hollowbody Guitar

The Ibanez AS93 Artcore Expressionist semi-hollowbody electric guitar gives you a fat and detailed tone, making it an excellent choice for just about any musical genre. A pair of Super 58 Custom humbucking pickups provide you with growling lows and focused highs. A slim neck with a bound rosewood fingerboard makes the AS93 a pleasure to play. Order your Ibanez AS93 Artcore Expressionist semi-hollowbody electric guitar from Sweetwater today!

Ibanez AS93 Artcore Expressionist Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Semi-acoustic body with flamed maple top, back, and sides provides a bright and naturally expressive tone
  • Super 58 Custom humbucking pickups capture electric sound and acoustic resonance, without 60-cycle hum
  • Slim mahogany neck and bound rosewood fingerboard give you a smooth feel and comfortable action
Semi-acoustic body with flame maple top, back, and sides provides a bright and naturally expressive tone

There's no substitute for the mellow and naturally resonant sound of an electric guitar with a semi-acoustic body. Ibanez built their AS93 semi-hollowbody guitar to capture the jangle and bite of a classic semi-hollowbody, which is why they built it with a flamed maple body. Whether you're playing rockabilly, blues, or any number of modern styles, you're going to love the character the AS93 semi-hollowbody guitar brings to your music.

Super 58 Custom humbucking pickups capture electric sound and acoustic resonance, without 60-cycle hum

Early hollowbody and semi-hollowbody electric guitars had a wonderfully expressive tone that came with serious hum issues. That's why Ibanez and other guitar makers quickly developed special humbuckers, such as the Super 58 Custom pickups. These special humbuckers preserve your AS93 semi-hollowbody guitar's bite but ditch the 60Hz hum and other noise. What's more, Super 58 Custom humbuckers give the AS93 a unique sonic character that you're sure to have fun with.

Slim mahogany neck and bound rosewood fingerboard give you smooth feel and comfortable action

The neck of any guitar has a lot to do with how well it plays. That's why Ibanez selected one of their smoothest and most comfortable necks for the Artcore AS93 semi-hollowbody guitar. Not only will your hand love the slim carve of this 3-piece mahogany/maple Expressionist neck, but your fingers will also appreciate the beautifully bound rosewood fingerboard.

Ibanez AS93 Artcore Expressionist Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • A versatile semi-hollowbody
  • Perfect for a wide range of musical styles and playing techniques
  • Semi-hollow flamed maple body with sustain block for acoustic resonance and naturally bright tone
  • Dual Super 58 Custom humbucking pickups capture sweet electric tone and acoustic resonance with no hum
  • Comfortable 3-piece mahogany/maple Expressionist neck is easy to play and gives you convenient access to the upper frets
  • Bound rosewood fretboard feels smooth and looks amazing
The Ibanez Artcore AS93 Artcore Expressionist semi-hollowbody sounds great and is tons of fun to play!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape AS
Left-/Right-handed Right-Handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Flamed Maple
Top Material Flamed Maple
Color Antique Amber
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material 3-pc Mahogany/Maple, set-in
Neck Shape Artstar
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Pearl/Abalone Block Inlays
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.693"
Bridge/Tailpiece ART-1 Bridge, Quik Change III Tailpiece
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Super 58 Custom Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Super 58 Custom Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way Selector
Strings (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number AS93BLS

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Great Guitar for the Price

[I accidentally submitted my review for the AS93VLS. The AS93BLS (blue) is the one I purchased. Don't think it makes much of a difference, but just in case . . . ) This is my first crack at a 'mail order bride' purchase of a guitar. I was not exactly certain what to expect. But between YouTube demos, online reviews and a talk with SweetWater’s Sean Geyer, I felt pretty sure that this was a good purchase. It was. (Thanks Sean!) First things first: the build quality is outstanding. Neck, body, bridge, are extremely well-designed, crafted and fitted. Frankly, I put this guitar heads and shoulders above my somewhat recent Gibson SG for build quality. For their part, SW did a perfect job setting this thing up. While the action was a bit lower than I usually like, I have to say it was perfect for this guitar. For playability, it is a ten. In terms of sound, the pickups are indeed noiseless to a fault. They are also rather responsive (none of that very slight humbucker delay that occurs on certain guitars). For recording, they are nearly ideal. I tend to prefer old school vintage and head toward the bridge, not the neck. However, on this guitar, I found both pups to be very clear and slightly bright, though (in contrast to my usual preferences) I found that the neck pu has some muted, dusty tones to it if you play with the tone pot. The bridge, in contrast, almost requires you to develop the sound on the amp itself. It is VERY neutral, in my opinion. (I think that is where it parts company with its more expensive brethren.) I tend to play clean. So for my purposes, it is near perfect for jazz-oriented playing. Through a clean basic setting (12-o’clock B M T RV), it has a chime-like acoustic tone that reminds me a little of a cross between a decent mid-frequency oriented acoustic guitar and a Telecaster (yup, you read that right). For the price, you can’t beat it. However, if you gig a great deal, you may find the vol and tone knobs, pu covers and other plated items are not nearly as durable as the guitar itself. They are not on the same quality level as the guitar itself, and they just seem like they would have a much shorter shelf life on the road.
Music background: former gigger; current hobbysit
5/5

Nice, Very Nice

I've been a Fender Tele kind of electric player most of my life ... now that I've had time to get acquainted with this Ibanez AS93, it's time for a review ... first, the price to quality ratio is great ... the Super 58 pickups have good power and tone and play nice with effects pedals although just clean direct to the amp they sing ... the semi-hollow aspect of this guitar allow it to be very versatile and cover many types of music ... about the only thing I can't get it to do is sound like a Tele and that's good because I already have 2 of those ... :) ... I wanted something that could go into other musical territory but not be a one trick pony ... the AS93 has addressed this desire with the bonus of being more capable than I had imagined ... also, the build quality and the looks are tops ... last but not least, the Sweetwater service is second to none ... if you are looking for a semi-hollow body guitar that covers lots of ground with good looks at a great price, consider the Ibanez AS93 ...
Music background: Semi-pro musician
5/5

Ibanez AS93BSB

I played an acoustic guitar for many years ago for my own enjoyment and decided to again play but with an electric guitar.Since I was not sure of the type of guitar I wanted I contacted Sweetwater and discussed my intentions with Mr. Ryan Murry.We talked about the types of guitars which would be most suitable for me and I decided on the Ibanez AS93BSB.This was A special order item and Ryan kept in contact with me until the guitar was delivered. When I first opened the carton I was greatly impressed by the visual aspects of the instrument, and then I wraped my hands around the neck and it was like putting on an old pair of shoes. I then pluged into my Fender Deluxe Reverb Amp and felt that Ryan steered me in the rght direction. The tones were just what I had been searching for.The guitar is very well built and makes an old man happy. Thank You Sweetwater and Ryan Murry,It was A pleasure doing business with you.
Music background: Hobbyist
4.5/5

Good guitar at price, great guitar with a few mods

Picked up an AS93 used at $200 below street price. A/B'd it against an Epiphone semi hollow in the same price range. It played better and sounded clearer to me than the Epiphone and it was 200 less. Played both through a fender twin and a vox ac30. Played it that night 3rd set, and it did fine on some classic rock. CCR and Marshal Tucker for example. Did fine, but no time to set up, so the strings were worn and action a little high, but it was used. Once home, cleaned up the guitar and neck (looks great), set the action and intonation, switched out the stock PU's with gold plated Pearly Gates and installed locking heads. New strings and took it for a test drive through my Vox. Wow. Especially the neck PU. 4 stars as bought, 5 stars with minor upgrades. Total investment: $700, plays and sounds like $1100. 4.5 stars.
Music background: live and studio working musician
3.5/5

first ibanez

it seems to be a well crafted guitar. nice looking guitar no flaws i could see. (now the important stuff.) the pro's : let it sit in my music room a day. .next day all i had to do was tune it up . action was good .played it a little while and then had to retune .played for another hour or so it was still in tune . it played well and sounded pretty good . .the cons: neck is a little more thicker than i thought it would be ? the pick ups sound good not great . you can get a little feed back hum if your not careful . I believe it to be a versatile guitar. i can see playing jazz, blues,some rock etc.with it. over all I'm pleased with my purchase .I feel the guitar is worth its value. as of this review I have approx. 30 hours of playing time on it . my opinion could change overtime but as of now I'm enjoying my first Ibanez.
Music background: years of playing and buying musical gear .
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