Your general opinion of this product.
The Ibanez AS153 was worth the wait, and has the potential to be excellent low cost alternative to some of the other more expensive semi hollow bodies on the market today. Overall, I am very happy with the guitar, after an initial setup by a local guitar luthier.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
In today's competitive marketplace, I expect quality. This is where Ibanez may want to be a bit more attentive as they release their new guitars to the world.
I'll start with the issues that I faced upon first playing the guitar:
1. Dead fret when bending the 1st string a whole note at the 12th fret
2. Truss rod cover screw only screwed in a quarter of the way
3. Both strap buttons were loose and needed to be tightened
The pros are as follows:
1. Very playable
2. Great sound and sustain
3. Wood work and finish is gorgeous
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
This guitar has a very flexible tone pallet when playing it with or without amplification
How did the stain or paint job look?
Wood work and finish of the AS153 is beautiful