Ibanez Art100 Artist Electric Guitar (ART100WH) Reviews
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Ibanez Art100 Artist Electric Guitar (ART100WH)

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Retro Ibanez Artist

May 2, 2009
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Pros:This guitar, listing for under $500 dollars, but $300 street price is a deal.

Cons:None at this price.

The Bottom Line: For a reasonable price, Ibanez is able to produce a set in neck guitar available for beginners but still offers a work horse of a guitar.


In the 1980s, Ibanez was perhaps most famous for their dual cutaway Artist model which had every aspect of Gibson's Les Paul but identified itself with the second, upper bout cutaway.

Basics:

Mahogany body and set-in neck with rosewood fretboard
2 volume, one tone control
2 exposed coil ceramic humbuckers
three way toggle switch
chrome hardware, fixed tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece
die-cast tuners
finishes in black, white, transparent cherry

Back story:

When Ibanez first embarked on what evolved into the legendary Artist, they had a Les Paul copy called the Performer Series which sported a single cutaway and was a lawsuit target from Gibson. Ibanez, along with other Japanese guitar makers, learned quickly that one has to change up a design enough to stay away from the land of torts. Ibanez retooled completely and went for a very un-Gibson like headstock and dual cutaways.

For the first time in years, with Ibanez being every bit as influential as Gibson today, they are able to make a Les Paul single cutaway type of guitar in their current Artist line. This guitar has a Gibson look to it more than before, but has a slightly modified body design and a smaller headstock than either the Gibson Les Paul or previous Ibanez Artists.

Enter Ibanez Artcore:

Non Japanese made Ibanez guitars are often made in China and Indonesia and one Chinese line which attracted a lot of attention a few years back was the very high quality, low cost Artcore line. Known mostly for their hollowbody and semi-hollowbody guitars, the Artcore line also implemented solidbody designs and one of them was a budget Artist series within the Artcore line, including the Art 100 Artist.

Some Changes:

Where as the Artist Series and Performer Series before it had two humbuckers, one three way toggle switch, a set in neck (sometimes a bolt-on neck), with two volumes and two tone knobs, the Art 100 is different.

Utilizing a three knob layout, the Art 100 has one tone control and two volume controls, one for each humbucker. The look is a more streamlined guitar.

Ceramic Humbuckers:

The Art 100 has two ACH-S humbuckers with a powerful ceramic magnet and is good for all types of music, including hard rock. What makes this ceramic magnet pickup interesting is that it retains a high end presence more akin to an alnico based vintage humbucker. The look of the ACH-S humbuckers is like that of a classic PAF and the exposed black coils looks very nice against the transparent cherry finish and chrome hardware.

Neck:

The Art 100 neck is a medium, vintage style "slim-tapered" neck, however, not the popular Wizard/Wizard II, ultra thin neck found on most Ibanez superstrats. It still remains a supremely playable neck for a guitar found in the typical $300 price range (street price). The fretboard has an unusual "Celtic tattoo looking" inlay on the 12th fret and nothing else. It has a Gothic, minimalistic look common on many guitars found today.


Recommend this product? Yes

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