I am a beginner (age of 28), looking for my first guitar. I'd like to spend a little more (~500) for something that will last longer than a start up kit as I'm serious about sticking to it. I've done a lot of listening, just not a lot of playing. Will likely be learning rock, classic rock, blues, jamband... (allman, garcia, anastasio, scofield, clapton, mccready, page, hendrix...) and would like a guitar with more tonal qualities than just a metal axe. I'm considering Ibenez artcores, esp. the AJD91, among others. Would a semi hollow body fail to play iommi riffs? Any suggestions?

Here's what I have narrowed down:

1) Ibanez artcore AJD91 - http://www.ibanez.com/hollow/guitar.aspx?m=AJD91

2) PRS SE Custom semi hollowbody - http://www.prsguitars.com/secustomsh/index.html

3) Epi Les Paul Ultra - http://www.epiphone.com/default.asp?ProductID=242&CollectionID=6

4) PRS SE Custom - http://www.prsguitars.com/secustom/index.html

thanks for helping!
A hollowbody or semihollow is certainly capable of playing old school metal and hard rock(King Crimson, Sabbath, Cream, Aerosmith, Zeppelin, etc.)

The PRS aren't worth the money, but I've found that the Artcores are all fine guitars. But if you're into semihollowbodies, I wholeheartedly recommend the Epiphone Alleykat. I can't say anything about the LP Ultra, though.
Last edited by Flying Couch at May 20, 2008,
i like the lp ultra
but i'm partial to les paul necks
play them all and pick the one that feels and sounds best to you
I want Super Saiyan abilities
I have also found that I like the tone from the Fender '72 reissue telecaster thinline, but can't afford the price. Any thoughts on a similar sounding guitar (semi hollow body, dual humbuckers)?
I'd like to compare it to numbers 1-3 above, but I don't have a local store which carries them all.
I'd say go for an SG or a Les Paul. they are both extremely versatile guitar, can be used for blues, classic rock, metal, pretty much anything you can throw at them.

EDIT: Don't buy a PRS SE. Those things cost way more than they should. Ty are just to the point where I would call them decent, but cost much more than thier quality would suggest.


Last edited by SG Man Forever at May 20, 2008,
when I first red the title I thought "artcore? a mix of Björk and As I Lay Dying?" but then I remembered about the Ibanezes...
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If you like the looks of that Ibanez, you might want to consider one of these:


More tonal possibilities than the artcore. The types of sounds you are able to get will ultimately depend on your amp more so than the guitar, honestly. Semi-hollows feed back more than solid bodies, so if you're planning to play loud and with high gain that is something to consider.
I've got an Explorer with Seymour Duncans for metal so I don't use my Artcore (AS73) for that too often but if the Explorer is in drop C and I feel like playing Crazy Train or whatever in E standard I use my Ibanez, it has the stock pickups and it definitely sounds fine for Rock or Metal, although the sound is very warm and bassy, it won't do too much of a chunky scooped mids Metallica sound but it sounds great for Iommi's cover of The Warning.