#1
Okay, so the AM93 is the winner here.

But I played one the other day, and was curious how the AS53 held up for about half the price.

I played the AM93 through a Mesa Mark V with the gain dimed through a Marshall 2x12 and had next to no feedback to speak of. Is this the construction of the AS93 in particular, or the AS series just being a relatively smaller bodied guitar, or the pickups that helped with this? I could get some GFS pickups for an AM53 if pickups are the culprit

The AM93 is made with quilted maple body, where the AM53 is made with sapele. I felt the AM93 was very bright and cutting, but in a pleasant way. Sapele is supposed to be like a mahogany but with extra bite, so I wouldn't be too worried about being muddy, hey?

And I'm not seeing too much difference between the AS and AM series, but I could be missing something crucial.

I'll most likely be using a semi for post rock/American Football styled guitar twiddling, but I'm starting up a mathcore/post-hardcore styled band that a new semi hollow might find a place in. I play through a Mesa Roadster 212. If I'm missing a perfect fit I'd love to hear it too
#2
Quote by maXterbat0r

And I'm not seeing too much difference between the AS and AM series, but I could be missing something crucial


Like the size? The AM series has a noticeably smaller body than the AS series, unless they've changed it since I got mine. Put the AS and the AM back to back.
#4
I keep reading mixed things about high gain and semi hollows, so I wasn't sure. that's great to know
Quote by dspellman
Like the size? The AM series has a noticeably smaller body than the AS series, unless they've changed it since I got mine. Put the AS and the AM back to back.

unfortunately the store I was at only had the AM93, which was also the only semi-hollow Ibanez I could see too. I played an Epiphone Dot or Casino and the body felt a bit huge to me (also had huge feedback issues)

The neck profile should be the same between the 2, yeah?
#5
Quote by maXterbat0r
I keep reading mixed things about high gain and semi hollows, so I wasn't sure. that's great to know
unfortunately the store I was at only had the AM93, which was also the only semi-hollow Ibanez I could see too. I played an Epiphone Dot or Casino and the body felt a bit huge to me (also had huge feedback issues)

The neck profile should be the same between the 2, yeah?


Likely similar, at least. I have an old ('83?) AM 205 (google it); Ibanez was doing the small-body 335-shape guitar long before Gibson considered it.

I think you'll find far fewer feedback issues with gain with the smaller-bodied AM series. I've got 335s as well, but I rarely use them with a lot of gain. If I want that same sound, but with a very gainy amp, I'll usually haul out the Variax, which has a great 335 model, but has a solid body and a piezo bridge (thus, no worries about whether the pickups are potted or not and whether they're going microphonic). All of the sound, none of the issues.