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Audiofanzine FR 30/11/2008

Ibanez AGS83B : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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(Originally written by vincent palmer/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
In short:

- guitar made in China (and what about quality? I find it very good!);

- very easy access to the upper frets (surprising for such a guitar!);

- IBANEZ humbucker pickups (sound ok);

- tune-o-matic bridge (seems to be rugged!);

- Les Paul-style volume and tone controls except for the toggle switch, which is too close to the controls;

- set neck with Gibson profile (not too thick!).

UTILIZATION

Very comfortable neck with an exceptionally easy access to the upper frets considering it's a hollowbody guitar. The guitar looks like a bulky Les Paul with two F-holes. It is rather heavy and the body tends to tilt when played sitting down (like a Les Paul). The body is quite thick (43 mm) so the acoustic sound reminds an ES335 but the sound is thinner. The pickups produce a good sound both clean and distorted. I play blues rock and the guitar is great for that particular style. I adjusted the guitar for a low action but still the neck allows you to play slides smoothly.

SOUNDS

This guitar perfectly fits my playing style (blues rock). I play it with a 100-watt Fender amp and I get good crunch and distortion sounds with every pickup combination. Very good clean sound (these Ibanez pickups on all budget jazz models sound best clean).

Considering the high-quality manufacturing (finish, neck, etc.), I think it's worth a pickup upgrade.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought it new on the web and the value for money is amazing!

This guitar is kind of a single cut ES335 with huge possibilities.

Considering its overall quality this guitar really deserves better pickups. If you do that you'll get a very good jazz guitar or an exceptional blues rock guitar (that's its favorite music style). I already ordered two GFS pickups.

As a summary, this guitar offers an excellent (unbeatable) value for money.

Once the pickups have been upgraded this guitar can compete with much more prestigious and expensive models...