2002 Ibanez AS73-BS – Brown Sunburst


Excellent value in a quality “Dot” copy. This is the 4th one of these I’ve had recently and I can safely say that they’re exceptionally nice guitars, the best in their price point. Since their imitation years of the 60’s and 70’s, when they were building great quality Gibson and Fender copies, Ibanez has made it on their own designs, eventually becoming the most innovative Asian builder. A few models have stayed in their catalog since their “copy days”, such as their ES-335 style, now known as the AS73 from their extremely popular Artcore line. It retains the basic design of the 335 including semi-hollow body with center block, laminated maple top/back/sides, set in mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, bound body and neck, dual chrome-covered humbuckers with 3-way switch and dual volume/tone controls, 3+3 tuners, 24 3/4″ scale, tuneomatic bridge with stop bar tailpiece, and of course the “Dot” inlays. Ibanez used the ACH1 and ACH2 humbuckers for this model, which are clean sounding, with a slight overdrive. The pickups are mounted into a sustain block for increased sustain and feedback elimination. It also features a 17th fret joint for more comfortable access to higher notes. This is a very comfortable neck, that’s thin and fast, with a flat 12″ fretboard and medium frets. It plays beautifully from the first fret to the top, and has a quality tone that can go from jazz to blues, to rock. These are made in China now but from my observations the better Chinese factories are on par with the Korean guitars in past years. The gloss finish is applied perfectly, binding is done beautifully, and the overall fit and finish is on par with the best Korean guitars. Just a reminder that it’s not the country that builds the guitars, rather, it’s the quality control used within the factory to ensure only good guitars leave the plant. This one’s in beautiful condition, set up to perfection, and a bang-for-the-buck winner for semi-hollow thinlines at $339.


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