Price paid: $ 336
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 10
I play blues, classic rock, R&B and this guitar is perfect for my style. The guitar is currently played Live through my old Fender tube amp and I have a Boss noise suppressor, DigiTech Blues/Distortion and DigiTech Echo effects pedal and an old refurbished Vox wah-wah.The pickups were adjusted perfect and the guitar setup is low with no fret buzz. I usually play rhythm on the neck pickup and solo on the bridge pickup. The burstbuckers really adds quality and sharpness to the bass and treble modes that I prefer.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is a quality instrument for all kinds of music but for the blues, it's perfect. I've been playing for about 30 years and I currently own 7 guitars. Electric: Gibson Blueshawk, Gibson Firebird VII, Ibanez AG75 hollow body, a custom Epiphone Firebird VII, A Dean Vandetta and two acoustics: an old Ovation and a new Taylor. I love my Ibanez and will never sell it. Next to my Firebirds, I love playing my Ibanez AG75, the only complaint I have with Ibanez is the lightning bolt logo on the headstock. I think it's a little too "flashy" for this gentleman blues guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've had the guitar for about a year now, working live and studio gigs with a backup; no problems so far with the Ibanez. In the studio, I use a Hywatt 100 watt amp thru four Celestion '30s. I can depend on this guitar to last and age nicely as I take care of all my guitars. As mentioned above the finish is uncanny. Maybe the Asian craftsmen are getting good at this luthier concept. Remember, we used to laugh at products made in Japan? Well, Who's laughing now?
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action is low, smooth and soft. The guitar was set up at my local guitar shop so everything sounds and feels cool. I could replace the floating bridge with something more expensive, however, the guitar sounds great as is so why fix it if it's not broken?
Features — 10
The Ibanez Artcore AG75 hollow body I won on ebay came Standard, however, the orignal owner replaced the factory pickups with Gibson Burstbucker III's; neck and bridge. The guitar itself is in excellent condition and although made in China, is quality craftsmanship, no joke. Once in a while, you'll find a massed produced guitar that just came off the line perfect. Paint, finish, sound; workmanship. This guitar is such an example of perfection. I can't find any blemishes and/or flaws. It plays so smooth and the neck is alive and soft (if you know what I mean). I think I got lucky this time with this guitar. The previous owner (I'm the second owner) admits that he tried seven other AG75's from three different guitar shops and this one just felt perfect and I agree. If he wasn't strap for money, he wouldn't have sold it; my gain; his lost. The AG75 is the exact copy of the Gibson 175D but hundreds less out of pocket. It's a beautiful tobacco burst color with white trim on body and neck. Trapazoid inlays that starts on the first fret, cool. Selector Switch, two tones, two volume controls. I have this baby strung with D'Addarios 10, 46 half wounds.