ART300 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (75 votes)
Ibanez: ART300

Price paid: $ 400

Purchased from: Musicians Workshop

Sound — 10
This guitar suits my music style perfectly, I play everything from Nirvana to Metallica and everything in between, including classic rock, metal, hard rock and blues. I am currently plugging this guitar through a Peavey Bandit 112 using a Little Big Muff Pi distortion pedal when the Lead channel on my amp just doesn't do it for me. This guitar can get very loud at low amp volumes, I usually never have to crank it past five, both at home, at practice and on small stages. The LoZ active pickups are humless, but I do have to say that they are more sensitive to other electronics around them, and that is a little scary.

Overall Impression — 10
My favorite thing about this guitar is the blending options that are open to you with the two volume knobs in the middle pickup selector position, I can tweek from this guitar exactly the tone I want, for distorted sounds and clean sounds, if you are buying this guitar for small gigs and home use, I recommend getting a Peavey Bandit 112 as the companion to this guitar, they are a perfect match.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is amazingly well built, I think I could, with no worries, take this guitar anywhere with me and play gigs with no backup, I think my Bandit 112 will go out before this thing even starts to age. As soon as I got this guitar I took it to my bandmates and we passed it around, all playing the snot out of it, and it didn't even miss a beat, it sounded amazing when all of us played it, and we all have different styles.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This guitar came tuned from Musicians Workshop and the action was perfect for my playing, the only complaint I have is there is some fret buzz on the low E string, but I kind of like it that way. I find that the bridge on this guitar is slighty wonky when I am restringing this guitar, I always put the strings in between the actual string holders instead of in them.

Features — 10
My ART 300 was made in China, and I'm totally fine with that. It has 22 Jumbo frets, rosewood fretboard and a scalloped--ridged--top. It has Ibanez LoZ pickups that sound amazing clean and absolutley mean distorted, they are also totally capable of handling low distortion and overdrive.

3 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Garlic Owl
    the version with the black finish looks the best imo. i got it for $295 and it has at least a $700 guitar sound quality. the neck is really comfortable for me and it's very versatile. i just wish it had a tremelo
    Lots O' FX
    Personally i like the wierd water looking paint job, but looks better in person though.