NGD: Ibanez AS153 semi-hollow

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by BadBrad, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. BadBrad

    BadBrad Strat-O-Master

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    I have 3 strats and a tele, and wanted a shorter scale guitar with humbuckers. I had a hard time deciding between a Les Paul type solidbody or an ES-335 type semi-hollow body. I couldn't afford a Gibson ES-335 or higher end Les Paul, so I was mainly looking at the Chinese and Korean versions. I also considered an SG. I'm not a big guy, so I also strongly considered an Epiphone ES-339. After a bunch of research I ended up getting a used Ibanez AS153.

    It's a beautiful instrument. The construction quality is great, and it looks and feels like it cost 3times as much as it did. It has a nice ebony fretboard, which I like, and the fretwork is amazing -- the fret ends are hemispherical. Check them out in the attached photo. The neck and frets are super comfortable and fast.

    When it arrived and I first played it I was a little disappointed at first. It played great, and the pickups sounded great, but the lower strings, and especially the low E string sounded kind of dead and rubbery. It had some old heavy flat-wound strings on it. I understand a lot of folks like the heavy flatwound strings on these guitars to get that warm jazzy tone, but these were either old and dead or just not my preference, so I decided to put on some D'Addario 11's I had, which is what I usually use on my strats. This totally solved the problem, and now I love the guitar.

    It is amazingly versatile tone-wise. You get the different neck and bridge p/u tones, or both together, or blend them together in varying amounts with the volume controls. And there's an extra 3-way switch for the neck p/u that does parallel humbucking, series humbucking, or single coil.

    I plugged it into my VibroChamp XD, which has a bunch of amp models built in, and they all sounded great with this guitar, from totally clean to dirty blues to heavy metal crunch.

    It still needs a bit of setup tweaking since I put the lighter strings on, like a bit of neck relief added, but overall I'm really happy with this guitar. So far I think it's a keeper.
     

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  2. Pandacaster

    Pandacaster Strat-Talker

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    She's a beauty.That flame top looks awesome! Happy new guitar day!
     
  3. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Oooh that's sweet! I've got an old AM50 from the early 1980s that I love (it's needing a little work at the moment tho). Those smaller sized, semi-hollow Ibanez guitars are fantastic instruments (esp. for the money!)... congrats!
     
  4. nhsdpl

    nhsdpl Senior Stratmaster

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    Very nice.

    Cheers.
     
  5. srvsayce78

    srvsayce78 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Very nice, congrats.
     
  6. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    Congrats, and good times after one string change!
     
  7. Ramblin'man

    Ramblin'man Strat-O-Master

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    Ibanez does makes some good stuff. I have a hollow body AG95 that I really like. Have fun playing that one.
     
  8. Mech

    Mech Strat-O-Master

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    HNGD!
    Those semi's from Ibanez are indeed nice. Is it me or does the headstock emblem resembles a "Dancing Ballerina"? Btw, EXTREMELY pleased with my AM93.
     
  9. kargoboy

    kargoboy Strat-O-Master

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    Really nice, love it.
     
  10. wildhawk

    wildhawk Most Honored Senior Member

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    I always give frets the inspection before anything else. They look pretty sweet.

    NO BELT BUCKLES with that beauty. Congrats. Back picture?
     
  11. Blues Trucker

    Blues Trucker Strat-O-Master

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    Didn't I post in this thread? I could have sworn I said Oh WOW. I want it.
    That thing is great. I found one on GC. Not bad price. They also had a couple cherry bursts.
     
  12. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    That's a real beauty. Congrats BadBrad-
     
  13. Phildog

    Phildog Strat-Talk Member

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    Love it!!! That top is gorgeous! I recently scored this AS120 off CL. But mine doesn't have the extra switch.

    That extra 3-way switch sounds like a great idea to add some versatility to her. I bet she sounds great. Also, I have size 12 flatwounds on mine. Gives me the tone I was hoping for.

    Anyway, here's my AS120...

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