Ibanez AS53-TBF

Electric Guitar

  • Hollow body
  • Body: Sapele
  • White binding
  • Set-in Artcore neck: Nyatoh
  • Fretboard: Laurel
  • Fretboard inlays: Pearl dot
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: 2 x Infinity R humbuckers
  • 1 Volume- and 1 tone control
  • 3-Way switch
  • Bridge: ART-ST
  • Tailpiece: ART-ST
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Colour: Transparent Blue Flat
  • Corresponding case available under Article Nr 129712 (not included)

Further Information

Colour Blue
Body Sapele
Top Sapele
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Laurel
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Fantastic Guitar
KarlC, 12.02.2019
I'm a 48 year old intermediate player, play a bit of this and that. I can set up a guitar.

The guitar arrived perfect. Action might have been a touch high. But it already sounded great. I replaced the factory strings with Thomastic JS110 flatwound strings. I lowered the action considerably, and with the guage 10 jazz strings it just barely intonated. I reckon if there were such things as 009 flatwounds it mightn't have intonated, but then who is gonna put thinner strings on this? My lower E and A are at the end of the intonations adjustment setting but do intonate, otherwise i'd have moved to 011's. Keep in mind I lowered the action as much as I could too, all these adjustments are simply to personalise it, the guitar is fine as sold.

As it is, it worked out and plays beautifully. The frets could do with a bit of a polish (a touch scratchy on the bends, and you can bend 010 jazz strings. That said, they didn't need filling, just some elbow grease) so I did that, I keep meaning to buy one of those fret rubber polishers they sell on this site! Also the fretboard seemed quite dry so I fed it some Dunlop lemon oil and it feels great now.

That said with the binding etc, there were no rough fret edges on the hand when sliding along the neck.

The pickups are not high end, but I'm playing it at home through a modelling combo and they are fine. Better than I hoped after watching reviews.

It isn't that loud when played unplugged but ok for some practice, Jesus Wept! Man it comes alive when plugged in.

It isn't a large guitar, I'm 5ft 9in but I could see a teen or a smaller lady certainly feeling comfortable with this. It's easier to get around the frets, than many, but still roomy enough.

You can play pretty much anything on it, from jazz and blues and excellent for metal. Unplugged it's subdued, plugged in it's an animal in the best possible sense. It has few features but you know that if you are reading this. Yes it could do with separate tone and volume for the p/ups but then it would cost more. Balancing act of purchasing eh!

I'd definitely buy a more expensive Ibanez Artcore at some stage, but this does meet my amateur home use needs. It really is lovely to play.

My one is from Indonesia, and is nice in the matt blue, if darker than some photos. It's basically the exact guitar pictured on this site as Thomann sent me copies of the pictures they took of it as a rather peculiar extra.

The volume AND TONE pots work.

I watched a tonne of reviews before purchasing and am really happy with the purchase, and service from Thomann. It took about a week or so to arrive to Dublin, and I've written this review after playing it for about 6 months.
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I love this guitar
Pointer28, 04.10.2020
I bought this as i loved the look of a Gibson 335 but wasn't in the market to spend that kind of money, so I was actually looking at the HB version until someone on the internet offered this up as an often overlooked underdog in this category.

While it was a little more expensive than the HB, I am delighted with the choice I made and don't think I would swap.

The sound of this guitar is just beautiful and even my teacher commented on the quality of the pickups for a budget instrument. The neck is just lovely and feels so much easier to play than any of my other guitars, slim but not super thin.

The only downside was that the neck was very dry & dusty when i received it and the frets with very gritty, almost like it had been in storage for a long time. However, ten minutes with some super fine wire wool and some lemon oil and it was perfect.

Other than that, the finish was perfect and I like the flat matte stain. It's called transparent blue but I'd call it more of a petrol green/blue. Either way I like it.

Would definitely buy another Ibanez based on this one.
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good semi-hollow to start with
blues_brother, 23.10.2019
Was impressed by the quality of the instrument received: beautifully finished lightweight body, strong c-shape neck, reliable tuners and bridge. Of course the pickups are not for jazz :) Sound impressive distorted, but cleans and breakup tones just saying "let this pickups go and get this bautiful body some decent Alnico 5 PAFs..." Actually that is what I'm planning to do ;) Out of the box the guitar needed some fretwork and normal adjustments to be done - but its absolutely fine for entry level instruments. After the setup it is a really nice gear to try semi-hollow without breaking the bank!
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trebomb, 13.02.2019
It's got pretty much the same sound as the 600$ models. This one is totally worth the money :)
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Colour: Blue
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Electric Guitar Hollow body, Body: Sapele, White binding, Set-in Artcore neck: Nyatoh, Fretboard: Laurel, Fretboard inlays: Pearl dot, 22 Medium frets, Scale: 628 mm, Pickups: 2 x Infinity R...

  • Colour: Blue
  • Body: Sapele
  • Top: Sapele
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Laurel
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Ibanez AS53-TF
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Electric Guitar Hollow body, Body: Sapele, White binding, Set-in Artcore neck: Nyatoh, Fretboard: Laurel, Fretboard binding, Fretboard inlays: Pearl dot, 22 Medium frets, Scale: 628 mm, Pickups: 2...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Body: Sapele
  • Top: Sapele
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Ibanez AS53-TKF Artcore
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Ibanez AS53-TKF Artcore
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Electric Guitar Hollow body, Body: Sapele, Set-in Artcore neck: Nyatoh, Fretboard: Laurel, Fretboard inlays: Dot, 22 Medium frets, Scale: 628 mm, Nut width: 43 mm, Pickups: 2 x Infinity R...

  • Colour: Black
  • Body: Sapele
  • Top: Sapele
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Laurel
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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Electric Guitar AS Artcore series, Build: Hollow body, Body: Sapele, Top: Sapele, Set-in neck: Nyatoh, Fretboard: Walnut, Fretboard inlays: White dots, Neck profile: AS Artcore - thickness at 1st...

  • Colour: Brown
  • Body: Sapele
  • Top: Sapele
  • Neck: Nyatoh
  • Fretboard: Walnut
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickups: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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