Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Cincinnati, OH USA
Any Ibanez AM/AR (Artist) players here? Need some advice...
I've been working on "rounding out" my collection a bit. I've got a pretty good collection of RG variants (all somewhat different in terms of woods & electronics), but feel like something is missing. I recently got a Casio MG510 MIDI guitar and equipped it with EMG's (89/SA/SA plus SPC & EXG EQ circuits ala David Gilmour), and that's filling the need for a Strat-type guitar quite nicely. However, I still want a little more variation, and I'd like to pick up a couple old Artists to fill the gaps.
First, I'd like to find one of the AM hollowbodies--the smaller bodies (compared to a Gibson ES335) really appeal to me. Based on the specs I've been able to find, I'm most interested in the AM200 and AM205 models. Does anybody here have hands-on experience with either of these?
Also, I've been looking for one of the solidbody double-cutaway Artist models--I really like the look compared to Les Pauls, but think that the AR's would provide a similar tone & feel with a little less weight. I'm having a really hard time finding info on the Artist models, though. Does anybody have any recos on Artist models to look for? I like the specs on the current AR2000, but would also consider some of the older 80's Artists as well (fixed bridge, 2 humbuckers, pref. flamed/quilted maple tops, even better w/ block inlays!).
Thanks in advance for any advice!