ART500E & ART700EQM
Glad I found this site. I was hopeful I could get some expert advice on my ARTIST series guitars. I have both the ART500e and the ART700EQM. I love both—they play beautifully, and the action is amazing. But here’s my question. The only differences between the two is that the ART700 has a quilted maple top and the Ibanez tight-tune bridge. They both have the same shape, dimensions, and EMG pickups. And yet…they sound quite differently. The 500 has a thicker, muddier, low-end driving sound. The 700 has a crunchier, brighter, high-end drive to it. Same amp, same settings, and same pickups. So why is this? Is it the bridge?
Thanks in advance!