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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 12 reviews )
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 2 reviews17 %
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MGR/Straydogger's review"Love it..."

Ibanez AS73
Korean made...Two Volume and Two Tone knobs...3 position pickup selector...Two humbucker pickups..


Very easy to play once it is set up correctly.


I use a Marshall DSL40c and a Carvin Belair to play through and it's great through both amps. I have various pedals but don't use them much.


The pickups are the only negative about this guitar that I have noticed. I changed mine to Gibson 57 Classic in the neck position and 57 Classic plus in the bridge.....that Made a HUGE difference in the sound and now it really sounds great. I wanted a Gibson 335 but not at the prices they go for these days. I bought the Ibanez with the idea it would be my "poor man's" 335. Well, now I don't even think about the Gibson! This guitar is all I could ever want in a semi-hollow body.
heads on fire11/23/2011

heads on fire's review"Save your pennies for the AS103."

Ibanez AS73
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Type: Artcore set-in
Body: Maple top/back/sides
Frets: Large frets
Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
Inlay: Pearl dot inlay
Bridge: ART1 bridge
NeckPU: ACH1
BridgePU: ACH2
HW Color: CH
Finishes: IV, BS, TCR

All-Maple, semi-hollow body.
Set-in neck
Large Frets
ART-1 Bridge
Quik Change III tailpiece
Depth: 43mm at tail
Left-handed model available

Scale/Length 628mm/24.75"
a: Width at Nut 43mm
b: Width Last Fret 57mm
c: Thickness 1st Fret 20mm
d: Thickness 12th Fret 26.5mm
Radius 305mm
Bridge Pickup
Name: ACH2
Model No: ACH2
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Bridge version of ACH1.

Neck Pickup
Name: ACH1
Model No: ACH1
Construction: Humbucking
Magnet: Ceramic
Description: Clean sounding with a slight overdrive.


This guitar is alright. It's good, but rough around the edges. It can be setup to play very well, but the neck still feels a bit lacking compared to even slightly higher priced Ibanez models. The hardware feels a bit cheap, the electronics seem a bit rough, and the pickups are unimpressive.


I'm not a fan of the pickups. They are average-sounding at best, and mediocre at worst. They are nothing special - they pickup the string vibrations, so they work, but they just don't sound good. The guitar is meant to be played in almost any genre, and the AS73 could be used for nearly anything but metal, but I wouldn't use it without an overhaul of the electronics and pickups.


This guitar gets a 6 overall from me. The AS103 is a bit more expensive, but a ton better in quality. The nut that keeps the 3-way switch fastened to the body was machined poorly, and had a sharp twisting shard of metal sticking upward that actually drew blood from my hand! That's just poor-quality craftsmanship at that point, and I wouldn't even bother with this guitar when the AS103 exists. Not recommended.

MGR/CRT's review"Ibanez AS 73"

Ibanez AS73
Purchased from Alto Music in Middletown, NY. Paid $269 w/o case

Very good sound, great looks, excellent craftsmanship. Played nicely right out of the box. Sound was enhanced substantially by changing strings to D'A 11"s. I had been searching for a semi-hollow blues/jazz box for quite some time. All that I liked were a bit too pricey. Finally decided on the Gibson 335 until a friend told me to try our the Ibanez. I was very pleasantly surprised by the sound, the feel and its looks. I could not justify the substantial additional cost of the 335. Purchased the Ibanez along with a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and still saved a whole lot of money.

I have no complaints or secnd thoughts about buying my AS73. Its a great deal.

The AS73 is extremely well constructed. The level of attention to detail is excellent. It feels great to hold and wonderful to play. The finish is flawless, the binding is better executed then what I have seen on considerably higher priced instruments. The electronics are certainly adequate and allow the tonality I was looking for, sweet, warm blues tones and deeper jazz tones.

Ibanez has changed my outlook on buying a "name". I must admit that I would not even look at a production type guitar unless it said Gibson or Fender on the headstock. I tip my hat to Ibanez for producing a high quality, affordable instrument for the hobbyist and one that even a professional might not mind adding to his toolbox. Ibanez alters the old adage of "you get what you pay for". I feel I got a heck of a lot more then what I paid for. What a welcomed change that is!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/Anonymous's review"Ibanez AS-73"

Ibanez AS73
I bought this bad boy from my local Axe music in edmonton,AB canada.I think i bought it like 3 weeks ago. I got this guitar because it has this really kick ass see through red finish thats unbelievable as well as great tone AND feel. I paid $400
canadian so i think its 299.99 american.

it has great pickups. I think their ibanez but that dont matter cause they rock!. they have the warmest sound on clean and create this crazy distortion when used with a pedal or amp on dirty. I just love the red finish dude! I play in a punk/screamo band and this thing is perfect for this shiat! And yet its a hollowbody!!!!!!

The only thing i dont like about this guitar are its lousy tuners. they knock out of tune moderately often, especially after you put it back in the hardcase or gig bag.Other then that its a fuckin great guitar dude.

One thing to say about the set neck..............ROCK HARD! this thing has withstand me fuckin droppin it! (by accident) and me sittin on it!...o.k. maybe i went to far with that but its fuckin great.

save up. buy it. you wont regret it. but it...NOW!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

barvador's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not bad for a start in jazz"

Ibanez AS73
Model 2005, manufactured in China, 22 frets neck, frets are small enough good intonation, correct wood without, surprisingly heavy guitar (requires central beam), design of the head narrower than the last, with a logo in abalone, CLEU better than being painted white. The woods seem pretty cheap and not dense enough and the assembly / bonding means as can be seen by removing the microphones. Otherwise, the design of the guitar is pretty nice, not too big size, nice cutaways. The finish of the handle is good, the rest is not spectacular but it is an entry level guitar.


Excellent playing comfort, Comfortable handle, making it a good scratch to start in jazz. We can play fast, fingers, the mediator, at the top or bottom of the handle is very nice. width, light radius, thickness, everything seems pretty smooth, it's a very good point because relatively rare at this price. Access to acute excellent, the guitar is very fair and adjusts very well. The tailpiece makes string changing a practice, the mechanics are very good strings and good balance, especially sitting at stake.


The three sounds available are good enough. They are clean, balanced, they hold the crunch and distos, but not transcendent.
neck position, its quite jazz, not too dry, warm, lacks a bit of musicality and finesse but can do everything. bridge position and use more blues crunch but rather in the heat is to go, no sound shrill or annoying. A little too dry and bland for my taste but I'm used to high-end microphones ... Please note, wood is a little "soft knee", the report suffers microphones, and even changing them, you will not "spring" and dynamyque an old model AS120 or other legendary jazz of the brand.
intermediate position useful but not essential.
A good point, the tone and volume controls are effective and useful, which makes this a good scratch versatility of jazz, blues and rock, short, not an exclusive guitar that is good when it starts. Another good point, sustain, surprisingly long.


Overall, at € 230 with hard case, it is a good deal, install flat rope mesh pulling harder is desirable, and for my part, I also opted for a change of pickups. I installed my classic leosound 57 (alnico2) and then the sound is much more musical and rich (phew!) And the dynamics much better, even if the cash is not the best there is. The three positions are now softer and more jazz / blue, a treat that dates back considerably the level of the instrument.

So it's hard to let go for writing. I think the AS93 that has brought prices down and finish a much better production, and of course the profit will go into the sound and the look also, as the AS73 is a bit austere must admit.
Most round, playing comfort, versatility, clean sound, price
the wood-and violin, sounds a little harsh, sober finish.

Ceddie1974's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez AS73
- In what country does she makes? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France ...)

Asia, China

- How many frets, what kind of micro as well as their configuration?

HB 2 + medium jumbo

- What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)?

Fixed type tuneomatic ibanez made in

- What are the rglages (Volume, Tone slecteur micro ...)?

2 volume, 2 tone, 3-position 1 slecteur

- What type of race?

This is not a button the flat gibson ... relatively bomb ... rglage which makes a bit more complicated with the Systm tuneomatic ... especially for the action of the strings;) With patience ... is nickel.


- The handle is it enjoyable?

I t trs surprised by the handle ... remarkably comfortable. We will not shred it ... but we're going to feel all that comfortable. Trs good for beginners!

- Access in acute (dernires freight) is it easy?

Yes, easy despite the volume of the body.

- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?

ES335 is a copy ... ergonomics is good trs. Only the body takes a little space;)

- Gets it easy to sound good? ...

The more ... I t trs trs surprised by the quality of the microphones. I thought I was going to upgrade soon ... but the I yrflchir twice.

The pickups are amazingly powerful and prcis.

I am surprised trs enjoyable for crunch and saturation.

For clean sounds ... is less thundering.

The volume and tone knob are prcis trs and allow all confif. Impec for those who like me, enjoys playing the amp knob once rgl;)

I just plugged into a lamp koch Twintone II.


- Appropriate are your style of music?

Perfectly! Rock, Hard rock, pop rock, blues, jazz, ballads etc ...

- With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?

Koch Twintone II ... no effect ... or soon anyway ... at worst, a delay time of others.

- What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?

The crunch is powerful and bold.

The full saturation harmonics ... but do not break the ears! Super happy!

The clean is very smooth and rvlent "coated" (low and medium). The highs are less fte without a good rglage on the amp.

- What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest?

I too recently for me form an opinion on this aspect DEFINITIONS. For now, it is nickel my ears. I did not test in terms of performance. I will return later.


- How long have you use it?

A few days ... I will return in a few weeks.

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?

I admit that this award ... we really can not make accusations standards. The finish is perfect! I mean perfect! I PSE expressions.

The meca are correct. The pickups are thundering of quality.

The only minor complaint ... a little difficulty for the guitar to the rgler Systm easel employee. Not empty for beginners.

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?


- How do you report qualitprix?

New: trs trs good.
Used (provided it soitnickel): Exceptional

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...

Yes no hsiter. I recommend it to beginners is to look, comfort and good sound!

clo296's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez AS73
Ibanez AS73 finish ATF.
Made in China
Double humbucker, stocky, beautiful matte color.
The output jack is on the edge of the table, which is one more I found from the ES335.
Rosewood handle, trs enjoyable, prcis.
The finish is thunder for the price ... How do they do?!
The weight is in contrast lev which can s'avrer drawing on a long concert.


Channel Grable trs, trs Access in acute ais good ergonomics in its class.


The sound is magnificent. Plugs into a Roland ME33 and a simple amplifier, dj is standard. The sound is pure, no parasite, prcis, sustain.
This guitar suits all styles of music.
By changing the pickups for DiMarzio humbuckers or SD, you have a guitar that will be worth at least 3 times the price of what you put.


I use it for one month only. The color is gorgeous, the quality is promising trs.
The quality-price ratio is simply unbeatable.
I recommend this guitar, I try on of hte big fat Mesa lamps ...

Gobzy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez AS73
See before ...
I think it's the same, eh ..


Channel super enjoyable. It feels easier to play! ..
Access in acute carefree ...
Good ergonomics. Can be a little off the hips when sitting and playing tends drag on the thigh, but hey, we will not repeat, is not it!? I t surprised by its weight by taking in hand for the first time, but there the good wood in there! No problem: rpart much weight ...
Sound good? Ms. empty, a plugged-what, it's a pretty-pretty quiet, but warm and round dj ...


I play on a Roland Cube 15W (neighbors thank me in advance ;-) , sometimes with a multi-effects Alesis FX ...
A little blues, some jazz or some rock and even hard, the fact is I think. I would say a super versatile guitar, who, like me, plays a little entertainment that passes by the head or hands ...
Neck pickup hot and round. Bridge pickup and more crispy mtallique (normal. ..)...


I play with for only one month, but I feel like progress for two years, so this guitar makes the game! OK j'exagre a little (lot), but it's true that this change has affected me, for me who previously played with a guitar "first prize"! .. And was quick to take himself for a new G. Benson having fun on it. We can RVer! ..
In fact, I have no other essay in the store! Moreover, the AF 73 BS Ibanez home, they had not even on the shelf. I ordered it without seeing it, touch it or try it! I just ignored the advice of everyone here, even ... I wanted to make a big pleasure with a hollow body, and that price is the guaranteed success! Finally, for me at least ...
In addition it has a great over, varnish and color are superb, the air mcanique reliable, and this form, these curves, these curves, the sensuality that ... In short, I'm in love, and I'm not comfortable with sme that the admired, the dlicatement leaning on his support Felt What it is beautiful, that that is what it is beautiful!
Anyway, I've never had a guitar "upscale" and I'm not pro ... However, once again, that price is the "de-la-mort-qui-kill!"
Hsitation no, I would do the same choice with his eyes closed! And I would humbly advise people to leisure to play a little bit of everything with happiness ...

PS: I put around 8 because I would not want to shadow guitar pro, probably better. For me personal-all-alone, 10 is everywhere! ..

metanova's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez AS73
All adj t say, except that mine differs in certain respects.
1) I replaced the tailpiece tailpiece Archtop by the casino (question of aesthetics)
2 I changed the pickups, which are all lacking a little bit of sound field, especially in the bass, I put the GFS Dream 180 (vintage humbucker) neck very very fat jazz, very Rickenbaker Bridge
3) I added a plate perlod ES-335


The handle is surprising to beginners, especially if you are used to playing on a Squier, whose handle is very thin ct. Then over time, the squier becomes unplayable, the Ibanez, the agreements are prcis, Dfine and notes, the handle is very enjoyable finalemement
access to the AIS is acute without difficulty particulire
The main default I did like the 335 as the DeArmond Starfire is that they REALLY bad taient imbalances issue rpartition weight. The center of gravity was at the center of the box. With the Ibanez, the guitar not the concern is lgre (normal, and balance.
With the original mics, sound fairly neutral silent but very good dj. A beginners will not change its microphones, cell would not gd thing. As against a guitarist exprience could just put intrt of PAF humbucker or P90 (I prfre the Humbuckers) I played on a Vox DA15, and I never t also fills


I play blues and jazz, I try I finally played on a Vox DA15, I intend to change quickly against an AD30VT, and that the finances allow me Not that the DA15 is bad, but far from the the AD30 has a bigger bowl and a lamp and more, and you can play with a battery
I like to play any sound on this guitar jazz to hard rock sound through the Gary Moore blues fawn


I use it for 3 months
everything is beautiful on this guitar, except the bottom of this incongruity is not going to stick to the end of the body. There is a dcrochage, as if the bottom of the handle n'tait pais enough, but it is only dtail
Quality-price ratio is hard to scratch 650euros, which ultimately are the same .... look at the pickups are identical it. So what changed? wood? mine is perfect, The definition is superb
esperience with the next one will be AFS 75T

taobe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Ibanez AS73
At this price it's Chinese! but good work is clean


A very pleasant run a little wider than average, but it makes us a guitar very soft and comfortable. access to the treble is correct ergonomics is perfect! we set a guitar in his arms ... the pickups are not bad there are probably better but it has to be more expensive!


With a marshall mg 100 dfx is sweet when you have a bit aggressive sometimes roaring and if you want ...
Cleans sounds, round or more crunchy ... but the amp has much to do on my old sherwood Carlsbro cobra 90 the sound is crystal clear ...


Using two hours every day for two weeks I like to look that reminds me are some 335 are but I can not afford!
Tried two lag made in china in the same price range, there is no picture Ibanez request its manufacturers an irrréprochable quality for this price: a question of image.
Value for money ebourifant or transcendental mind-blowing!!
A choice has to do with his eyes closed waiting for a versatile guitar of high quality for this price.