Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93QM Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar

The Artcore Expressionist AM93QM is ideal for gigging players, with versatile Super 58 Custom pickups and a Quik Change III tailpiece for fast re-stringing.
What's special about this item?
Feature: What it does:
Quilted maple top Beautiful "wavy" grain; adds clarity
Ebony fretboard Dark color, tight grain; premium fretboard wood
Semi-hollow body Enhances sustain, more open tone and feel
Super 58 Custom humbucker Faithful copy of classic pickup; smooth and even
The Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93QM Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar features a quilted maple top, quilted ash back and sides, and handsome ivory binding on the body, headstock, and fingerboard. An expertly crafted 3pc Maple/ Mahogany set-in neck ensures body liveliness and is fitted with a rich Ebony fretboard with silky contrasting pearl block inlays.

The tortoise shell colored pickguard provides a gorgeous appearance.

The Ibanez-original Quik Change III tailpiece enables fast and easy string changing.

Jazz fans will recognize the Ibanez original Super 58 Custom pickups—the preferred pickup of George Benson, Pat Metheny, and John Scofield used in their own signature models. These pickups provide warm, balanced articulation, and excellent response. Super 58s are at home in variety of genres.

For a decade now, Ibanez has energized the hollow-body segment with a wide range of designs—from rockin’ hybrids to straight-up jazz-boxes. With the introduction of its new Expressionist line, Ibanez has begun yet another chapter in the story of its acclaimed Artcore series.

Built with tone woods selected for their beauty as well as their musicality, the Expressionist line covers the wide range of styles for which Ibanez hollow and semi-hollow bodies are known.
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- Neck: Expressionist AM 3pc Nyatoh/Maple Set-In
- Top: Quilted Maple
- Back/Sides: Quilted Ash
- Fretboard: Bound Ebony w/ Acrylic Block Inlay
- Frets: Medium
- Neck Pickup: Super 58 (Humbucker)
- Bridge Pickup: Super 58 (Humbucker)
- Bridge: ART-1
- Tailpiece: Quik Change III
- Control Knobs: Sure Grip III
- Hardware: Gold
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Antique Yellow Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 19 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IBA AM93QM AYS
Jet Blue Burst
Shipping Weight: 11.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 46 x 19 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IBA AM93QM JBB
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-669-8262
(4 ratings)
Submitted November 17, 2019 by Jason G in The Villages, FL
"Fantastic Guitar"
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First, condition on arrival. Not well packed, but no damage. Covered with what looked like sawdust, but wiped off easily. It required a truss rod adjustment, and had oxidation on all frets. Strings were not fresh. Came with Allen wrench and booklet. Corrective action. The guitar truss rod cover slides open so you don’t have to remove it. I had take out relief. I took it from 2.7 mm to 2 mm, and the action was then nice with no buzz. That’s a sign it was constructed properly. Removing the strings was easy with the tailpiece, and I now think all brands should do it that way. Cleaned guitar, polished frets lightly with 0000 steel wool, moisturized the fretboard. When I got it tuned up, it then played great. I debated about a semi hollow, I looked at all the models available on zZounds, and in this price range, I don’t think you can go wrong if it is not defective. So if it is built well, and just needs a quick tweak, doesn’t require professional help, it will be good. This model is light but solid. Features. The electronics all work smoothly and are tight, nice taper to the pots, and it is dead silent. The body is a great size, not as big as the 335 style. Has a lot of open ring and sustain. The neck reminds me of my D-28, but is not quite that size, it feels great. Substantial but quick enough. The frets polished up with little effort, and the fret ends are right, so I don’t feel them. The tuners seemed cheap at first, but they actually are functioning correctly. Solid and read more it is staying in tune. The intonation is really so close that I can’t hear anything needing adjustment. It’s staying in tune and playing in tune. Sounds. I honestly don’t know where they should be as far as height, so I played, and I just raised them 1 turn. Perfect, and it plays with different pickup selections with consistent volume. The pickups are warm, but articulate and respond to dynamics well. They are not the same as PAFs. But I didn’t want those, I wanted to have them start with mellower tones, and they do, but then I can brighten things up with the bridge, or more with the eq on my amp and pedals. I love the sound of them. I have a Mustang GT 40, and a Princeton RRI. The 65 twin model, and several tones through the tube amp have been a lot better than I expected. The highest gain so far was a Dirty Little Secret into the Princeton, medium, and it’s great. I can tell that I can go up to say, Duane Allman cooking slide tones easily, but slip back to B.B. and then George Benson and that is the range I was hoping for. Whether quiet and warm clean up to a maximum of ABB, with a semi hollow tone character, this attractive comfortable guitar is just great and I think it’s a good value. I think you would be better off than with say an Epiphone 335, but it’s not exactly the same sound, but this seems like the quality is a bit above to. The depth of the body is a touch thinner but it really rings when strummed. I am really pleased that I could adjust it easily, that it is staying in tune properly, and that it has a nice nice voice with a little versatility. I am very happy with the feel and sound, and I can’t think of one thing I wish was better.

Musical Background:
Guitar, 20 years. I am not a pro but I am not bad.

Musical Style:
I like so many types of music that I have trouble keeping track. But for guitar, I like blues rock, jazz, hard rock and metal, a
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