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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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Re: Post Pics of your Artcore or Archtop(s) Families too!

Here is my trust 'ol blue AFS75T - This was my first guitar. This pic is kinda old, and it has taken a beating. Vai signed the back of the headstock at his Jemfest masterclass.

I don't think there is a better hollowbody for the money than an Artcore - I'm sure I'll have a few more before I kick the bucket.


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post #17 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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This may sound crazy, but toss an EMG 81 into something like a flat black AM-73 Artcore and thrash out.

I have thought about that to replace my high gain ESP/LTD solidbody. I have almost got away with high volume Marshall stack stuff with my full sized semi, the AS73, and as long as I don't get too close (as in right in front on stage with Marshall at 7+), then I am OK. I did an outdoor gig with stock, slightly microphonic stock Artcore pickups, standing right in front of a Marshall and PA on cramped beach stage, and it was a little much. I think the active EMG 81 would be able to handle it though.

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I've always wanted to put some Blackouts into one of these and tune it insanely low (Probably Drop F or so). Why? Because it's odd
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I've always wanted to put some Blackouts into one of these and tune it insanely low (Probably Drop F or so). Why? Because it's odd
If you put the Duncan Blackouts, or similar EMG 81/85/89/60s into an Artcore semi-hollowbody, you can get the volume and drop the tuning and do some great stuff.

I put 13s on my semi-hollowbody Artcore AS-73 and tuned down to C# or D and played those flatwounds cranked through one of three Marshall stacks or half stacks (JCM 800, JCM 900, and JCM 2000). It looked odd, yes, but it worked quite well. My other guitar was a solidbody meant for that but the Artcore pretty much kept up, but sans some midrange growl.

Of course at an outdoor gig where you have to turn up a bit more, I did get some feedback, but those stock ceramic ACH humbuckers were pretty good. Had I had active humbuckers, I would have been able to not worry about feedback as much and probably have been able to go louder and get all the midrange my heart desires.

I wouldn't try super high gain pickups in a full hollowbody at high volumes but at lower volumes, I can't see why Blackouts or 81s would be all that bad. I just think lower gain humbuckers probably sound better with a full hollowbody Artcore, but that's just more of a preference thing.

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Does anybody here have an Artcore semi-hollowbody with a Bigsby? (and do you like them?)

I just got a Bigsby B50 for my solidbody and I love it, even though there's less sustain and the tuning can be problematic. Here's an ad from Ibanez UK with Artcore sporting a Bigsby B70 but USA doesn't have any semis with Bigsbys anymore:

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/hb_...7&series_id=51
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I have many Artcore guitars with the Ibanez Bigbsy on them.

The AFS75T, AFS80T, AF75TDG I have a black one and a white one
They all come with roller bridges too.
I added locking tuners to them and the Big Bends Nut Sauce to the nut, now they stay in tune very well.

The locking tuners from Guitar Fetish are direct replacements.
They use the same screw holes and everything.
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I have many Artcore guitars with the Ibanez Bigbsy on them.

The AFS75T, AFS80T, AF75TDG I have a black one and a white one
They all come with roller bridges too.
I added locking tuners to them and the Big Bends Nut Sauce to the nut, now they stay in tune very well.

The locking tuners from Guitar Fetish are direct replacements.
They use the same screw holes and everything.
I think the Bigsby B3 type designs worked best with the current full hollowbody Ibanezes and maybe no so much with B7/B70s on semi-hollowbody units. The B7/70 seems to have the better break angle for sustain but with extra bar, I can see far more tuning issues. I know Ibanez UK still has it but the B3 type design, and all derivative single cam Bigsbys still seems to be the most popular among most guitars with Bigsbys.

The Bigsby B3 is a possibility for my stock ABR/TOM equipped AS73 with a retainer bar, http://www.guitarsite.com/news/featu...-Retrofit-Kit/

The locking Grover rotomatic tuners on my solidbody with Bigsby is fairly good as long as I don't bomb it. Graphite on third and fourth strings solves any remaining issues completely with regular use akin to what I do (and most others) with Bigsbys. I will get that lubricant as it will probably be a lot easier and last longer than pencil graphite.

Some players still like to divebomb on the Bigsbys and get some pretty great effects I don't think earlier guitar players could have even imagined. I just acquired a Floyd licensed Kahler and I will use that on superstrat project to do all the extreme stuff I still like to delve into from time to time. I thought about ordering heavier springs from Bigsby that will work on my Bigsby B50 licensed unit (or anything similar) and maybe a Chet Atkins extended tremolo bar (as found on Epiphone Swingster).

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I like these Epiphone Casino like Ibanezes. They're in America now in 2013 and something like this, or the AFS-75/80 will be my next guitar.

http://www.laenenmusic.nl/contents/n...ASF-80_TR.html
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While it's obvious Artcores do jazz better than anything under a grand, they are also great rock guitars.

I have been looking at this:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/deta...FaU5QgoddGsA4w

When I do detune my six into the lowest six strings of a seven string, going B to B, it rattles out the speakers in my small practice amp, but also in my drummer's two 100 watt Marshalls.

With the obvious use of the legendary Fender Bassman to fit both guitar and extended range guitar models like all the 7 and 8 strings, and baritone/bass guitars, what smaller combo amp would be good for this seven string Artcore with both jazz and rock in mind from low volume practice to higher volume work with rather heavy handed (but great) drummer?

I saw a jazz guy with seven and he had a 200 watt guitar combo with what looked like a deep, closed back bass speaker and it worked avoiding all floppiness that amps geared to six strings get.

Thoughts?
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This new 2014 full hollowbody Artcore seems to be set up for perfect jazz, blues, rockabilly, and light rock purposes with volume and tone controls on the pickguard to allow for maximum top resonance. I don't know if the pickup is truly floating but that would be a nice touch.

http://www.andertons.co.uk/solid-bod...r-in-black.asp

This one has controls on pickguard but obvious pickup ring mounted to body which partially defeats the purpose of using the more resonant spruce. It would make the most sense to float a pickup over a spruce top. The unintended advantage of a pickup ring right on the guitar's top is that it mutes the vibrating top somewhat and allows for higher volumes without feedback. A rubber top, if strong enough, would be ideal if it killed all resonance and then you can turn it up quite high. But other than that you can put in dampening f-hole plugs on the guitar to achieve higher volumes. It's always a battle of best woody resonant sound being transferred versus highest volume achievable without feedback. In some ways the best and most versatile jazz guitar is probably a solidbody with some serious DSP effects to dial in the perfect jazz tone for any particular song or size of venue. I am still curious of this blue Artcore Expressionist with controls off the body:

http://www.andertons.co.uk/solid-bod...burst-flat.asp

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I like these Epiphone Casino like Ibanezes. They're in America now in 2013 and something like this, or the AFS-75/80 will be my next guitar.

http://www.laenenmusic.nl/contents/n...ASF-80_TR.html
I wanted so much to get a full hollowbody, especially since I don't have to plug it in. Instead I got a nylon string which fits my purposes for the unplugged set. A hollowbody is still cool.
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Does anyone here own one of the AFD guitars yet?
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Does anyone here own one of the AFD guitars yet?
Those look like cool Gretsch sparkle jets in a way. Very classic. I didn't know guitars came in that type of finish but saw this video which made me want to get one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHTRlIeKxE4&feature=kp

I saw that fingernail polish looking guitar and said, "WTF, I want one!" The clip at 1:53, and 2:44 shows that jangly guitar with a full open chord assault that shows us that Gretsch couldn't care less about those posers called Fender and Gibson!
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