Artcore Or Epi Dot What Say You?

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  1. Bubba Zanetti

    Bubba Zanetti Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I've never owned a Dot nor an Artcore, but I've played and liked both. I've got a Sherry, a Riviera, a Casino and a Supernova, so you could say I'm partial to Epi's when it comes to this vein of guitars, but I also have a Gretsch, and would have no problem with an Artcore, so, in summary, I'm a guitar whore, so based on my experiences playing them, I think that both would serve your needs, it's just a matter of which you like more, play them both.
     
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  2. MichaelR

    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Ill have to wait and see what I think, I may have Buddha wind me a set for it down the road.
     
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    That was my first thought, but then I realized I was going to put $130 worth of pickups in a $200 guitar. I've heard good things about the Donlis, so we'll see.

    I've seen Buddha is about to come out with some mini hums, and I'll definitely be looking at those for my LP Special.
     

  4. tobijohn

    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    If they're the Alnico 2s, I really doubt that you'll be disappointed. I put a set in a Jay Turser SG (JT-50) and was very surprised at how good they sounded. I'd say to my ear, they're right on par with the Epi Probuckers that I think now come in the Epi semi hollow Pro series guitars (and go for around $60 used). I ordered the ones with the nickel/silver baseplates which were around $35 shipped at the time but are still a bargain at the current $41.50.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Sel...s/427632919.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.78qbOY

    The site is also a little confusing as they actually have another set of Alnico 2s for $.30 more and a very minor difference in the resistance values:

    https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...536.html?spm=2114.12010612.0.0.6ad30d1cHBNiwk
     
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  5. jtcnj

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    Hmmm, I have an empty new Epi Dot case.... the internet says an AS73 should fit.....
    I have been scoping 335ish types for over a year.
    Hardtail in mind for this one.
    Incoming!!!

    Ibanez AS73 Artcore Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar - Sunburst
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    Just scooped this off Reverb.
    I did a deal with a member here for an Epi Dot but it had some issues and it went back.
    So, we both ate some shipping and I ended up with the new case I bought for it.
     
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    How sold are you on the 33X shape?

    I only ask because as the man said you want a 335 GET A 335, which means the Epi.Otherwise you will always be looking at the Ibanez going, "well you know if this were bent this way a little and the shading were...."

    That being said, the only TWO guitars I have ever had that were 'grab and go' were an 85 MIA Strat AND a 90something 82AWD.

    Now its NOTHING like a 335, and some folks think the F holes are comically large, but consistently no matter where I was, no matter what I was doing, I'd grab the blue one off the wall and go.

    The sound the balance the finish everything was better than GOOD.

    But for me what really sold me was the fact that no matter where I was, at the time, if I needed a guitar that I could count on and that I knew would sound good, that's what I went for.

    That being said, when I got to the point where I could build what I wanted I built one VERY close to being a clone of that, w/ the F holes scaled down a little, and a Wilkinson piezo bridge unit, and Grover amazing 18:1 lockers,,,,,,,,
     
  7. nomadh

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    I own a dot studio epi. Its a fine guitar and I like it alot. My issue was a semi hollow wasnt as different from a solidbody for me or as resonant as I wanted. So I got a fully hollow big body jazz box, johnson las vegas. It was to big feeling and way too resonant. Totally out of control on stage. Finally got an epi casino coupe. Its really the perfect type guitar for med gain moderate volume practice and gigs. Also a very nice guitar. That said I sure wish there was an artcore in the coupe configuration I could compare to. I've also played a fair number of ibanez' and love them typically. I also like the finishes on them and usually prefer them to the epis. I also prefer the playability on the artcores typically.
    Both are usually very good. Its an embarrassment of riches.
     
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    I had an Epi 339 Ultra and now own an Ibby AM153 (339 size artstar.) The Epi was slightly cheaper, but not by much and the initial quality was vastly worse than the Ibby. All of the issues on the Epi were easily fixed (rough fretwork, wood shavings inside f-hole, crooked knobs) but I was surprised to see them on a $700 guitar. The Ibby was perfect out of the case. I also prefer the feel of the Ibby - but that's subjective.

    My Artstar:

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  10. howardlo65

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    Just wondering what makes the Artcore neck 'much better' than the Epi.
     
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  11. MichaelR

    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Haha I enabled you! I saw one like that on Reverb to but I needed a case for it due to temp and humidity swings in my house Congrats.
     
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    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I thought of that but have been unable to find one at my price point. A 60s orange Chet Atkins from a pawn shop in Grants Pass was my first eletric guitar, wish I still had it.
    rgdave made me a pretty good deal with a case so I went that way.
     
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    Thanks Michael, gonna weight it up, pack it right and send it off to a new home!
     
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    Congrats!
    I am intrigued but fear the Bigsby, if for only fear of the unfamiliar.
     
  15. MichaelR

    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I'm a hardtail kinda guy to but I think the trem will be ok, I know you can just roll the handle back and not use it if you want still it gives the option If dare try. It kinda reminds me of the old Chet Atkins which was my first.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Me too! I've never met an Ibby neck that I've liked.
     
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    Artcore just looks wrong.. get the Epi if you want the Real Thing :rolleyes:
     
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    Go play a few and settle it that way. I have a ibby AM70 and a epi Zephyr Blues Deluxe. Both outstanding.
     
  19. Mr. Leyvatone

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    I support this statement. But I'm admittedly lacking knowledge about Artcore guitars. For some reason, I've never been drawn to Ibanez, and that goes doubly for their semi-hollows. That's probably my loss because I know that many peeps are devoted Artcore aficionados.

    That being said, I'm a big fan of semi-hollow guitars. My current fav go-to guitar is my Agile AS-820, modified with Buddha humbuckers and CTS pots. All in, it cost about $650 (guitar, shipping, parts and installation labor). It plays great and it is the best-sounding guitar I've ever played.
     
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    Good thread -I've had on again and off again GAS for a semi-hollow for a while now. There are a few Ibbys by me that I've been thinking of checking out. So I gotta ask - is the Agile better than both or similar quality?
     

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