Submitted September 12, 2008 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Nobody's More Shocked Than I Am..."
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I'm no kid, and I've owned guitars that most people only dream about. I'm not gushing here, as most first time guitar buyers are. I have a lot to compare this to. I'm totally satisfied, and, "..nobody's more shocked than me..." I'd be proud to show up at a gig with this, whether a wedding gig or a rock gig. Plugged into one of my hot-rodded amps, this guitar is a crowd-pleasing jewel. I have fun playing it, it's good looks make me look better (and I need all of that I can get), and like I said before, it's just a classy guitar. Everyone loves this semi-hollow type of guitar.
Long ago and far away, there was an ancient form of music called "Rock and Roll". When I was growing up, everything related to what is now referred to as "Classic Rock". Larry DiMarzio invented the Super Distortion pickup because stock humbuckers wouldn't distort the old Marshall amps enough. This is the test model everyone has used since. The pickups in my AS73 are wound like a good stock Gibson humbucker in the neck (about 8K D.C. resistance), and like a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge (about 16K), which is an overwound Gibson humbucker without turning it into a distortion pickup. So, you get a lot of versatility here. Clean Jazz to Kiss! This makes the volume of the pickups more even as you switch back and forth. In the old days, all the pickups were wound the same, so the neck pickup on a lot of Gibson guitars seemed a lot louder than the bridge pickup. Through my old 50-watt half stack, this guitar totally stock does everything the way I want it to. No one is more shocked than I am. Please don't tell Ibanez what they've got here, because I need to hoard a few more before they quit making them! This is why the Gibson 335 has always been so popular, you can do ANYTHING with it! Can't afford a 335? Believe me, I've had a bunch of them. I like this Ibanez better!
Come on---this is an affordable 335. It's set-up just like a Gibson, which is just what I'm used to. This is a classic guitar. These Ibanez AS73's are all maple, like the Gibson 335's were in the 70's. If you are trying to decide between the AS73 and an Epiphone Dot, listen up: I was very sadly disappointed by the Epiphones. Also, the necks on them are Phillipine mahogany, which breaks and splinters very easily. Unlike Honduran mahogany used in real Gibsons, Phillipine mahogany will not hold glue. So, if you break it, it's goodbye. The Ibanez necks are Maple, and will hold up way better. Plus, the fit and finish on the Ibanez stuff is waaaaay better. As I previously mentioned, this guitar is a steal---no one is more shocked than myself.
Ease of Use
If you have trouble playing this or operating it, maybe you should be a drummer. LOL. When the semi-hollow was invented by Ted McCarty, it was a MAJOR breakthrough in electric guitar design. This Ibanez, being an obvious 335 copy, is laid out just like a Gibson. I love it, love it, love it. No one is more shocked than I am, Holmes.
Shocked. Amazed. When I ordered this guitar, I was prepared for the worst. Ibanez proved me wrong. I cannot believe Ibanez can sell this guitar at this price. And I know all about it, believe me. The fit and finish are beautiful, and I'm not easy to please. Ibanez does their homework. They WANT your business more than the other guys, and they're really good at what they do. I've owned some 70's Ibanez Artists that made me want to throw my Les Paul in the dumpster. They put out more effort to get your business.
To me an Epiphone Dot is a disappointment. The Ibanez AS73 is a revelation. Again, I do not see how they are pulling this off, and I am one picky mutha. I don't have much money these days, otherwise I'd run out and get a couple more of these.
Pretty good. My experiences with Ibanez since the 1970's have largely been positive. Parts are easy to get should you need them. Go to their web site. There is a picture of every part for every guitar. My experiences have been such that I never needed anything, anyway.
The Wow Factor
Listen---when I open the case everyone goes, "Oooooh, aaaaaaah, where'd you get that? Did you get a job or something?" If hot chicks like it, I like it. Hot chicks love this guitar. It just exudes class, and no one can tell this thing doesn't cost $2000.00. Actually everybody, not just hot chicks, loves this instrument. It's a proven fact, that when in a store full of guitars, your wife or girlfriend will point at a semi-hollow and say, "Ooh---look at that one." I've seen them walk right past a custom shop Les Paul and put their hands on something like this. So you tell me.
Active musician, and a whole lot more: luthier, amp maker, repair guy, etc.
Classic Blues-Rock, Blues, Pop, etc.
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