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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-10-2012, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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"Binding" or "Kerfling" stuff on inside of Artcores

The kerfling, or what some call inside binding, is present on some upper end Artcores but not in my lower end AS-73. I know that the top binding on the outside of the guitar is helpful in keeping the traditionally delicate spruce top (on dreadnaughts) from cracking easily from side dents and damage, but what about the inside kerfling (or binding) in acoustics and hollobody electrics?

I can see kerfling as helping the reinforcement of the joint between the sides to the top and/or the back, but why did Ibanez leave this out on my model? Is it key to only full acoustics (dreadnaughts, classicals, and full electric hollowbodies) and does it play any significant role in a semi-hollowbody where top resonance is not as much an issue? Also, is kerfling a significant issue in glue joint strength?

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Re: "Binding" or "Kerfling" stuff on inside of Artcores

Less materials = lower cost of manufacturing. As you said, it's a lower-end guitar, they have to cut the cost somewhere to make it at the sub-500 range
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Re: "Binding" or "Kerfling" stuff on inside of Artcores

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Less materials = lower cost of manufacturing. As you said, it's a lower-end guitar, they have to cut the cost somewhere to make it at the sub-500 range
That makes sense.

When I first saw this guitar, at GC for $329, it was way better in so many ways than the similarly priced Epiphone Dot at $299. That was thirty dollars very well spent. That being said, both were really great guitars as far as playability and finish, and phenomenal for three hundred.

I think both the popular makes cut corners and on the Epi somehow in the fact that while they were all good, they weren't consistent from one guitar to the other.

As for the Ibanez hollowbodies, they had a great consistency but like mine, the corners were cut with no kerfling on the AS73. Other Artcores had less than acceptable inlay work and materials, but then again we are talking budget level instruments with a few higher end qualities.

Ibanez cuts the best corners imho since they always focus on the neck more than any other maker, save maybe Schechter, and save on places not as important. Other makers may have better pickups but a bad neck, or a great finish but a bad neck. I don't care much for the cosmetics and a lot of the construction as long as the guitar plays well. The Artcore line could use alnico pickups throughout the whole line though if they want to be the very best hollowbody under $1,000 dollars. But compared to Epi, Schechter, Eastwood, Gretsch, and Dean, the Ibanez are still my favorite affordable hollowbody on the market.
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Re: "Binding" or "Kerfling" stuff on inside of Artcores

Also kinda strange, my AGS83 seems heavier than my s420, rg560, and my rg7621. It weights like a ton haha. Maybe that's also one reason why the Ibby semi-hollows are so good sounding
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Re: "Binding" or "Kerfling" stuff on inside of Artcores

double post...I lost my huge, original post

Anyway, I almost bought the ASS83 but it cost more than I was willing to spend that day. I got the AS73 for $369 and it was a great deal for under $500. The AGS would have been just over $500 that with tax. I don't remember if that one was heavy or not but due to the great consistency of Ibanez over the years, it was probably also a heavy one if yours is heavy.

My AS73 is somewhere over 7 pounds and similar in weight to a lightweight Les Paul of the vintage variety or many modern Fenders. Many vintage "dot" ES-335s are quite light compared to new ones and very nice to play. I love light Fender and Gibson guitars (usually the vintage and custom shop ones) as well as the basswood superstrats from Jackson, Charvel, and Ibanez. I grew up with '70s era Fenders and Gibsons which did weigh a ton and it was a revelation to play my first vintage early '60s Fender which was comparatively as light as a feather. It was then I was hooked to the certain feel and tone the light ones got. The ultimate electric guitar, as far as lightness and great tone, was the Ibanez Allan Holdsworth model.

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