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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2012, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez AT100cl observations and questions

Hello,

This is my first post as I don't currently own any Ibanez electrics, but am looking to do so very soon.

One of my favorite guitarists is Andy Timmons. I'm learning some of his songs and would love to pick up his AT100cl signature model to get my sound as close as reasonably possible to his. So when I searched the price on the web, the AT100 retail price is $2,699.99! Having never purchased an Ibanez electric, the price was a bit of a shock. (For example, a brand new, American made Gibson Les Paul Standard retails for $2,499, and an American made Fender Stratocaster Deluxe retails for $1,599.)

Has Ibanez become a premium guitar brand over the years? I'm sure it's a great guitar, but I'm not so sure I want to part with that much jack for a new one. I may just search this site for a used one. Please let me know if you know of any strategies to get this guitar more reasonably priced, or if you guys see a used one turn up. Thanks so much.
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Re: Ibanez AT100cl observations and questions

The price for the AT100CL always seems to startle people. It does seem unusually high, even when compared to the other signature models. These were apparently produced in small volume and targeted at a very select market -- those that admire AT, and want a shredder that isn't the usual locking trem, skinny neck offering. I have played one and the quality is certainly up there with Ibanez' finest work. The used ones that show up in the auctions have been going for around $1800 - $2100, so not much cheaper. Obviously, the rarity is holding the prices up high. It would be cool if Iby would build a high-quality but more accessible model (as in non J-craft and perhaps without the name brand hardware, or...) at a more tractable price, but I doubt that's in the cards.

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Re: Ibanez AT100cl observations and questions

They're not rare. The AT100CL is a current production model, and Rich at Ibanezrules.com would be happy to sell you one with your preference of level of setup. They're fantastic guitars. Ibanez has been a premium guitar for decades. The AT100CL is a signature series of high calibre, and like the Steve Vai Jem or the Joe Satriani JS series, demands a premium price.

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Re: Ibanez AT100cl observations and questions

Yes, they're still in production, but they remain relatively rare on the used market as compared to most other models. Usually one shows up in the auctions only every few months.

(BTW -- I'm not suggesting that the price of the AT100CL isn't worth it. Given the craftsmanship, the components and the overall design, I think it merits the cost. However, it puts the guitar out of reach of most players. Consequently, I built a couple of AT clones to satisfy my cravings. Still, it'd be nice to snag one at some point. Taorama -- I was very tempted by the one you sold awhile back.)

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Re: Ibanez AT100cl observations and questions

Looks like I just missed out on one on ebay. It was a new, unplayed AT100CL that went for $1,699.

I'm shooting to get the AT100CL, but may even go with a AT300 should I find one of those until I find an AT100.

I'll check back here often.

Thanks, guys.
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Re: Ibanez AT100cl observations and questions

I do have an AT300 which is also a great guitar. Between that and the clones, I should be content, but, well, you know...
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