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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-21-2011, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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ibanez hollow bods

Hey ppl,

i've never really got to try many ibanez hollow bods and i'm not tt experienced with them. thinking of a getting 1 to force myself into playing something different.
thinking of ibanez since i have to stay loyal to my fav brand!
any advice on which models old and new are good?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-21-2011, 12:33 PM
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Re: ibanez hollow bods

I really rather enjoyed playing the AK95, but, as I am about to buy a hollowbody, I have been trying a lot of different guitars.

To my surprise, the Epiphone Emperor Swingster is a much, much better guitar than the AK95. This is despite the fact when I initially auditioned the AK95 it blew away most of the guitar guitars I was trying. The swingster is an EXCELLENT guitar.

Also, brand loyalty isn't all its cracked up to be. If you're too loyal to one brand, they will always **** all over you eventually. Buy the best product, not the best badge.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-21-2011, 03:22 PM
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Re: ibanez hollow bods

Originally Posted by GuitarBizarre View Post
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If you're too loyal to one brand, they will always **** all over you eventually. . . .
Ha! It's not exactly the way I would put it, but you're right!

As far as "old" semi-hollows, vintage (early eighties) MIJ AS and AM models are sweet guitars. Hard to find one that hasn't been modded too badly, but great guitars.

More recent guitars, well, the Chinese Artcore Customs are very well-made instruments. Five-piece necks, figured woods, wood binding, ball end frets.

At lower price points, they are still good values. To me the limiting factor is the pickups. The ACH humbuckers are decent, but no better than that. Mediocre. There's not a huge difference in the tone of a semi-hollow AS73 and a full-hollow AF75 and to me it's because they share the same pups.

As GuitarBizarre pointed out, check out the Swingster and the Gretsch models, too. I wouldn't get an Epihone Dot, I think any Artcore beats them, but he's right to mention that blind loyalty will bite ya eventually.


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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-22-2011, 05:45 AM
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Re: ibanez hollow bods

I think they are the best bang for the buck in hollowbody electrics. Very respectable.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-23-2011, 12:34 PM
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Re: ibanez hollow bods

I have an Artcore custom AS103NT and it sound great, plays great, looks great....the quality is awesome.
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