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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-22-2004, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Ibanez Artcore

I recently walked into an shop, picked a random archtop guitar (with f-hole 'cause I think they look cool), and sat down to test an amp...the odd thing it, I fell in love with the guitar more than the amp... well I guess that's not too odd. Anyway, I turned to look at the headstock and it was an Ibanez Artcore! Ever since that, I've been looking to get an artcore but since I've only owned solid body guitars, I really don't know what I'm looking for and what things to look out. I'm rather on a budge so I'll most likely be looking at used artcores yeah...us poor musicians... anyway, hope you knowledgable folks can give me some advice or comments. ANYTHING GOES! I don't even care if you outright bashed the guitar (provided that you're well backed by facts) I'm most concerned about the stock pickups and tuning stability of Gisby style trem (I'm looking to get one with Gisby). Thanks in advance!!!

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-22-2004, 01:51 AM
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I'm guessing you mean "Bigsby" style trem.

I'm not too familiar with their tuning stability. But I've played a few Artcores and I gotta say they're pretty nice.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-22-2004, 03:49 AM
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Bigsby trems are more for subtle shading effects than any kind of crazy whammy tricks. Tuning stability isn't their strong point.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-22-2004, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I meant Bigsby
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Yeah I meant Bigsby
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-22-2004, 10:41 PM
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I have one, Its plays alright, again, the Bigsby SUCKS! lol
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 01:17 AM
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Well the Bigsby is like a strat trem, you have to bring it back to its original position, not rely on it to spring back by itself. I've played about a dozen Artcores with Bigsbys and haven't had a problem with any of them staying in tune. My only issue with the Artcores is that on some of them (due to poor quality control I would imagine) the neck pitch seems to be a bit off, creating too shallow a breaking angle between the tailpiece and bridge, which results in strings popping out of the saddle if you pick too hard or bend too much. That's why I've played so many, just looking for the right one. Haven't bought one yet but getting close.
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