Price paid: $ 502.74
Purchased from: Zzounds.com
Sound — 10
This guitar can handle rock, blues and jazz. It handles effects well and handles distortion very well. This guitar is quite versatile. The pickups, electronics and sound of this guitar are great. Sound is clean and that tube-clipping, feedback-drenched, just short of breaking up distortion with smooth highs, fat mids and not too big bass. The controls work perfectly. Still no feedback problems, even at gigging volumes.
Overall Impression — 10
Fantastic value is exactly what this guitar is. It's a terrific instrument, though in need of titrivation out of the box. There is a little needed setup but not much. Ibanez should get an award for making the world's most beautiful guitar at such a ridiculous price. You won't find the soundblocks you find in many so-called "full-acoustic" guitars.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will easily withstand live playing. Still very satisfied that this is a solidly made guitar. The strap buttons that came with the guitar are larger and hold the strap well. The roller bridge is perfect. The guitar seems very dependable. This guitar will stand up as well as any other of this design.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The set up was perfect. Great side of the pick harmonics with distortion. Very resonant. A couple of small adjustments here and there and it played rather well. The finish on this gitar is amazing for the price. The body, neck and headstock finish are among the best you've seen. The binding fits perfect at all joints and the fret wires were finished to full detail. The overall craftsmanship of this guitar is great. It plays as well as guitars costing 3 times as much.
Features — 10
For the longest time, good full- and semi-acoustic guitars were very expensive and inexpensive ones weren't very good. In 2002, Artcore changed everything. - Artcore neck - Maple top/back/sides - Small frets - ART-2 Roller bridge - VBF70 tremolo - ACH1-S neck pickup - ACH2-S bridge pickup