Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Melbourne, FL 32940
Re: Top, back and sides differences between Artcore AS73 and AS93
I own 10 Artcore guitars AS, AG, AF and AFS from the 75 to the 105 level.
It's all for looks not for tone really.
They all sound the same unplugged and plugged in to my ears, 75 level or 105 level.
I like the bracing Ibanez uses because their guitars are a lot more acoustic than the Gretsch guitars I own.
Gretsch guitars have a big block of wood like a 2x4 that goes between the top and back of the body, effectively killing all acoustic properties.
They do this for two reasons.
1 To keep the top from sinking because their bracing design won't hold the top up like the Ibanez bracing does.
2 The reduction of acoustic properties reduces feedback, especially at high volumes or with higher levels of distortion.
The thinner the body is, like an Ibanez AS or AFS, the less chance you're going to get feedback.
In the old days, guys would stuff rags inside the body to keep them from feeding back when playing live.
If you need any more info on Ibanez Artcore guitars or Archtops / Semi-Hollow bodies, let me know.