NGD: Ibby Semi-Hollow COntent

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  1. ZachK

    ZachK Ronda Rousey Fanboy

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    Hey all, long time since I've posted, glad to be back though. Been busy with school, but managed to get my hands on a new axe.

    Picked up an Ibanez AGS83B-ATF.

    Specs:
    3pc. maple/mahogany set-in neck
    Flamed maple top/ sides/back body
    22 large frets
    Bound rosewood fingerboard
    ART1 bridge
    EMGHZ neck and Bridge pickups
    Artcore DX pearl and abalone block fretboard inlays
    24-3/4" scale

    First experience with a semi hollow, but I really like it so far. Tonally pretty versatile, gonna swap out the EMGs though.
    Couple of dents in it, but that's to be expected. Really digging it so far though.
    Will hopefully have some sound clips for you guys in the next three weeks.


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    Jazzers, any advice pickup wise?
     
  2. Demiurge

    Demiurge Intrepid Jackass

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    Happy NGD! I've been gassing for one of those, with that awesome antique-y finish.

    One of my misgivings has been how tough it seems to be to change the pickups (my FIL and I swapped-out a volume pot on his Artcore and it was comical) on a hollow body, so if you do the pickup swap yourself, let us know if you find a good technique.

    As far as the pickups themselves, dropping serious coin on some Bartolinis is an option, but honestly I don't think you can go wrong with a set of not-overly-hot PAFs.
     
  3. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    It's actually not bad, you just need to invest in some hemostats to hold things and give you more reach.

    Pull the guts through the f-hole leaving the pickup and jack wires running through.

    Depending on model the bridge pickup route should have an enlarged access hole to run wires a bit easier.
     
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    Demiurge Intrepid Jackass

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    Thanks- that helps! :shred:
     
  5. InCasinoOut

    InCasinoOut syncopAZN

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    Nice dude! My roommates brother has that same model and it's great. As for myself, I still play the same AS73 I got 12 years ago and I still love the .... out of it. Only complaint is that Ibanez for some reason decided to put a bridge with a flatter radius than the neck and tailpiece...
     
  6. NeubyWanKaneuby

    NeubyWanKaneuby SS.org Regular

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    HNGD! I love Ibby hollowbodies. I've had 3, but sold one (like a dummy). I have an AGR73T and an AS103 right now.
     
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    Unburdened SS.org Regular

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    HNGD! I've always wanted an Ibanez hollowbody, especially one of the vintage ones. You'll have to let us know what pickups you decide upon!
     
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    patdavidmusic SS.org Regular

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    Grats mate, looks stunning !
     
  9. Blue1970Cutlass

    Blue1970Cutlass emberwolfmusic.com

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    Very nice :yesway:

    Can't help you with the pups though... I would guess a set of PAFs?
     
  10. TKOA-Dex

    TKOA-Dex Master of Thall

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    Nice guitar! Put some active EMGs in and make Devin Townsend proud!
     
  11. ZachK

    ZachK Ronda Rousey Fanboy

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    Thanks all!

    Absolutely loving this guitar, been playing it lots in the last while. Strung it up with 11' and it plays much better.

    The EMG passive pickups are pretty lame, I'm really not a fan of how the handle distortion in this axe at least. I'm thinking I might throw a set of Duncan Antiquities in it. But that's going to be a while in the future, school has drained my account right now aha
     
  12. InCasinoOut

    InCasinoOut syncopAZN

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    Yeah, I dont understand why the hell someone would put passive EMGs in it... The stock pickups sounds just fine in the artcore line otherwise.
     
  13. Harry

    Harry Doom man of Doom. Contributor

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    That is incredibly pretty :eek:

    Take a look at the Alnico II Pro APH-1 model. It's a bit less bright than a '59/SH1, a little bit thicker down low and delivers an absolutely gorgeous clean tone.
    It can do a lovely overdriven bluesy/blues-jazz sound too. Split mode is very nice too
     

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