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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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ART500E & ART700EQM

Hey all,

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!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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Re: ART500E & ART700EQM

how thick is the maple on top? is it just a veneer or is there some substantial thickness to it.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: ART500E & ART700EQM

Here are the specs of both guitars. I have no idea how thick the quilted maple is...

On a new note, I've been able to (almost) replicate the sound of the 500 by turning the tone knob on the 700 to about 3, for the lead pickup.


Model: ART700EQM
Finishes: BB TK
Neck Material: 1pc Mahogany
Neck Type: ART set-in
Body: Mahogany body/ Quilted Maple top
Frets: Medium frets
Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
Inlay: Pearl block inlay
Bridge: Tight Tune bridge
NeckPU: EMG® 60
MiddlePU:
HWcolor: CK
Case: AR100C
List Price: $964.43

Model: ART500E
Finishes: BK WH
Neck Material: 1pc Mahogany
Neck Type: ART set-in
Body: Mahogany body
Frets: Medium frets
Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
Inlay: Pearl block inlay
Bridge: Gibraltar III bridge
NeckPU: EMG® 60
MiddlePU:
HWcolor: CK
Case: AR100C
List Price: $826.65
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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Re: ART500E & ART700EQM

To Make the tone bright I would think the maple would if it was fairly thick. It might just be a difference between the two pieces of wood.
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