#2
Now I myself own an Ibanez and I looked at that guitar for a while. I dont think your going to be able to play much metal at all with that type of Ibanez in that series. But still a very nice guitar. if you wanna play metal the rg series or there 7- string series work well for that too. hope I helped any
#4
im actually trying to think if they even make a guitar you can play metal with and then the next minute play loudly unplugged. Well you can always use Fx pedals (line 6) for the metal sound, and then yeah that guitar would be the best choice I think. I would think just to buy two different guitars for each type of playing. but Im not really made out of money and maybe you aren't either so that guitar should be a safe bet for what your looking for.
#6
I really suggest the Artcore for versatility, but not necessarily versitility up to metal. It can do hard rock as long as you know how to position yourself and to prevent feedback. Metal it can probably do (I've tried it, but with not much avail) but it's better suited for hard rock and below.

What bands do you consider hard rock and metal exactly?

I suggest this guitar highly for many reasons, and you won't find a better hollowbody for the price. Epiphone DOTs feel and sound VERY bad for their prices and "praise". The Sheraton is too highly priced and the Casino I have not tried, but I would imagine it would be similar to the other Epiphones. Artcores are definately the best choice for what you're looking for and anyone else looking for a hollowbody with this price range.
#7
i know they good for blues and jazz, but for hard rock? also, the one i am looking at has a thinner body than the other artcores. does that matter? if it does, i will be playing through a Vox DA15. will it handle metallica, soad, or rage against the machine?
#8
I have an artcore.....they're great for stuff like classic rock and blues and what not.....but if yer gonna play metal i wouldnt suggest it
#9
the AS-83 is a good one and it depends on what you mean by hard rock.......AC/DC would count as hard rock for me.....and for them yes you could use it.......PS the AS-83 is the one witht he thinner body
#10
Quote by RAtommorelloTM
i know they good for blues and jazz, but for hard rock? also, the one i am looking at has a thinner body than the other artcores. does that matter? if it does, i will be playing through a Vox DA15. will it handle metallica, soad, or rage against the machine?


Hard Rock as defined as SOAD, Metallica, and Rage--->It should do just fine.
As for the DA5, I've got it's slightly bigger brother, the AD15VT and I can play all of those fine with my Artcore. You just have to dial in the right EQ.
#11
thanks, spoonman..............and by the way im getting a DA15, so its a little louder than the DA5, but has the same effects
#13
my buddy has that same one and all he plays is metal and classic rock
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#14
Never tried that specific one but I tried one with double cutaways that had a more strat like body with a trem (I think it was a AWD model or something like that).

Great guitar for Jazz IMO. Trem wasn't that great in holding tuning (as expected). I didn't feel like it could do much else either. It did blues and jazz but not much else. It didn't sound much louder then a normal guitar unplugged for me. It sustained longer and actually resonated unlike an unplugged solid body but wasn't much louder.

I also played my friend's AM77 which was really really cool. Sound more like a traditional semi-hollow. Oddly enough, I found it was better for light rock stuff. I liked it better then the AWD. In terms of volume, it was the same as the AWD just slightly louder and more resonant.

Overall, I'd say the artcore series is pretty good for covering a lot of stuff in jazz and blues but not so much in everything else.

I'd go with a S series for versatility.
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#15
I've looked at that guitar before and i don't know about you but it basicly suits all my needs. i play mostly classic rock and its perfect for that. i had a thread in here a while ago, i told everyone i didn't have alot of money, i want a bigsby bridge w/ a whammy bar. at least 4 knobs and 2 humbuckers and a hollowbody. that guitar is what i've always wanted. its probally not good for metal though.
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#16
Quote by RAtommorelloTM
thanks, spoonman..............and by the way im getting a DA15, so its a little louder than the DA5, but has the same effects


Oops. Missed that 1 there.

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#17
I bought an AS-83 yesterday.

It's really good for the money (i paid 450 Euros for it ? less than 500 USD). Factory setup was perfect. Finish, binding and contruction is flawless. Very warm tone when using the neck pickup, and the bridge pickup is bright and clear, but overall it's a warm sounding guitar. I like it a lot, and it really doesn't feel or sound much cheaper than my Gibson LP standard for example. A true bargain.
It'll do fine in most styles: rock, blues and jazz. Metal... not really, but who plays metal with a semi-accoustic anyway?
And it's gorgeous! That violin sunburst is sexy... and flamed maple on all sides. I'll post a pic later.

I haven't noticed feedback yet, perhaps in a loud gig... but i tried it at very high volume at the store and experienced no feedback at all. It's quite thin and it has a solid spruce center block, the truly hollow Artcores will have more feedback.
#18
i own one, they are great guitars i think, i prefer the 70's ibanez guitars but i have a wide variety of guitars and i play all sorts of music i would rely on my artcore for any type of music.. for metal music... i wouldnt think so to be honest,