Ibanez Artcore AS73 Review (2023) – Great Electric Guitar!

Ibanez Artcore AS73 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

Ibanez Artcore AS73 Review - Picture in the box - Strings Kings

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
  • Superb ‘classic’ look.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Affordable!

Ibanez Artcore AS73 Review!

In the history of Ibanez, one of the most famous collections is the Artcore collection.


In terms of purchasing a moderately priced semi-hollow or hollow body, the Ibanez Artcore collection (sometimes called the Artcore series or Ibanez AS Artcore) exceeded many expectations. A warm, full tone, intriguing cosmetic appearance, and affordability are some of the reasons why Ibanez designed the Artcore collection.

With a bound rosewood fretboard, ART-1 bridge, Classic Elite pickups, and chrome hardware, the AS73 Artcore features a set mahogany neck, maple body, double-cutaway body design, and bound rosewood fretboard.

AS73 has a warm, robust tone thanks to its maple semi-hollow body, mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard. Incorporating the Classic Elite pickups into the AS73 gives it a broad and balanced output.

Ibanez-Artcore-AS73 - The guitar - Strings Kings

If this is your first time playing this instrument, spend some time exploring the sound. It’s likely that you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of this guitar.

Ibanez AS73 Artcore Guitar

  • Les Paul Double Cut body shape.
  • Gloss finished.
  • Semi-hollow.
  • Maple body.
  • Double cutaway.
  • ART-1 Bridge.
  • Classic Elite bridge and neck pickup.

  • Volume and tone controls.
  • Rosewood fingerboard.
  • Set neck.
  • Chrome hardware.
  • C-shape neck.
  • Mahogany neck.
  • 22 frets.
  • 3-way pickups.

Ibanez AS73 Artcore: The Playability

The Neck

The neck of the Artcore semi-hollow is very balanced with a flatter radius, which makes long hours of playing very comfortable.

Ibanez Artcore AS73 - Guitar neck

It is recommended by many experienced musicians for beginning electric guitar players to use the AS73. This is because it does not come with a lot of bells and whistles, only three pickup positions.

The Hardware

AS73 electric guitars have excellent tone and volume controls that are loved by most musicians. You can create a completely different sound by slightly adjusting the volume and controls on the AF73; just by doing so, you will create a completely different sound.

Ibanez Artcore AS73 - Hardware

While the tones of this instrument are generally mellow, with correct controls, you can create a wide range of sounds.

AS73 Artcore has a Great Value

Those who have played the Gibson 335 guitar will also enjoy playing the Ibanez AS73. Although the Ibanez AS73 semi-hollow is smaller and lighter than the Gibson 335, these characteristics make it more comfortable to play.

Guitar necks are extremely comfortable to play, especially if your hands aren’t large; this guitar has a slim profile with surprisingly smooth frets.

Sound of the Ibanez AS73 Artcore

John Scofield, George Benson, and Pat Metheny are just a few of the musicians who use the AS73 as a jazz guitar. Considering the price tag of the AF73 electric guitar, you can expect it to produce a wide variety of tones. A very warm, expressive tone is produced by this instrument.

In this video, you can hear the sound of Ibanez AS73 Artcore together with a short review!

Ibanez AS73 – Pickups

The pickups on this semi-hollow guitar are extremely responsive, and the intonation is very good for a semi-hollow guitar at this level. Our experience with this instrument indicates that higher gauge strings sound much better than light gauge strings, simply because lighter gauge strings sound twangier.

Ibanez Artcore AS73 - Pickup

The AS73’s pickups were not of very high quality and more experienced musicians typically upgraded to better pickups.

Those with years of experience found that turning up the volume knob above five made the neck pickup sound very mushy, and the bridge pickup sound very crackly.

As a result of switching to better-quality pickups, these experienced musicians were able to explore the AS73’s full potential.

9.6Expert Score
Ibanez Artcore AS73 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

Ibanez guitars are cost-effective and of high quality!

Price To Value
  • Produces a full sound.
  • Spot on intonation.
  • Responsive controls.
  • Stable tuning.
  • Case sold separately.

Last Words

This is an excellent build, and the craftsmanship is superb as well. While we were concerned about the pickups, it does have a nice sound at quieter levels. Although the hardware is basic, it is more than adequate, and the controls are well-made and accurate. This guitar offers excellent value for the price.

As a result of writing this Ibanez AS73 Artcore Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Review, we have gained a greater appreciation for this fine instrument. An excellent choice for beginners and starters. A few adjustments will make it great for an experienced player.

Although it does not come with a case or gig bag, we consider these issues to be minor. The fitted case is sold separately.

Ibanez semi-hollow electric guitars are quality instruments that are worth every penny.

Felix Sanchez

Felix Sanchez

Felix Sanchez specializes in string instruments and their use in contemporary music. Felix is passionate about music and has studied and played a variety of string instruments including guitars, ukuleles, and cellos.

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