Moving right along with our ongoing NAMM 2007 coverage (I promise, this won’t last much longer,) Ibanez unveiled yet two more handsome additions to its Artcore line of hollowbody guitars this weekend––the semi-acoustic AS73B, and the Artcore Custom AS103BM.
Both instruments feature the same basic double-cutaway design, sound block-mounted pickups (for increased sustain,) rosewood fingerboards, 22 frets (large wires on the AS73B, medium wires on the AS103BM,) set-in neck construction, and a ART1 bridge, but the similarities pretty much stop there.
Artcore AS73B While pricing doesn’t seem to be available yet, Ibanez’s AS73B appears to be a budget model, sporting a maple body (including top, back & sides,) bound fretboard, pearl “dot” fingerboard inlays, and a “Black Flat” finish. Electronics include an ACH1-S humbucker in the neck position, ACH2-S in the bridge position, and dual volume & tone knobs.
Artcore Custom AS103BM The Artcore Custom AS103BM takes things quite a few steps further. The guitar boasts exotic Burled Maple on its top, back and sides, a 5-piece Artcore Custom neck, bound fingerboard, block-style Artcore Custom inlays, and is available only in Natural finish. Electronics include IBZ Custom 58 humbuckers in both positions, plus dual volume and tone controls, and 3-way pickup switching.
Pricing and accessories are yet to be announced.