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My new AS103BM
Edzio
#1 Posted : 9/1/2008 10:03:34 AM
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Just thought I'd share some photos of my new AS103BM. Bought it yesterday. This thing is just awesome! And to think I almost bought a 335.





glenn
#3 Posted : 9/1/2008 12:21:41 PM
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It really is a beauty! Enjoy. AND the Customs are great to play. saved a few grand too
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#4 Posted : 9/1/2008 12:57:23 PM
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sweet! i love the exotic wood models. thats the antique brown BM version.
they also make an unstained version which is hard to find.
check out one of my prior posts on my BM model. enjoy!
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#5 Posted : 9/1/2008 3:06:18 PM
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Congratulations Edzio she's a beauty alright. Break open a cold one plug 'er in and crank 'er up and get to Jammin! The more time you're spending showing us pics of that beauty is less time you are spending playin' her.


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#6 Posted : 9/1/2008 5:29:59 PM

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Congrats on getting that beauty! My son has the natural BM AS103. What a fabulous playing and sounding guitar!
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Edzio
#7 Posted : 9/1/2008 8:44:58 PM
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I am so pleased with this guitar it's hard to describe. I was seriously looking at an AGS83 a few days ago, but I just couldn't get past the flat finish. I was so frustrated that I really considered a 335 at five times the price. Boy was I glad to find this one. I think this is a better playing and sounding guitar than the 335... and significantly less money.

Rusty, can you confirm that they put Custom 58s in this guitar? Or are they Super 58s? I really love them. To me they sound a good bit better then the ACH pups that I have in my AK75. They have a very full and warm sound.

Back to playing! Happy
Edzio
#9 Posted : 9/2/2008 7:30:12 AM
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Thanks for the info Rusty. Would you recommend The Custom 58s over the Super 58s or vice versa for a hollow body? After hearing the Customs in the AS I think I might have to switch out the ones in the AK75. I have flatwounds on the AK75, would that make a difference? Does anyone else have any recommendations for pickups?
Jason43
#10 Posted : 9/2/2008 11:52:47 AM
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Personally, I'd go with the Super 58's over the Customs just to have a different tone available. Both pickups work well in hollow bodies.
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Edzio
#11 Posted : 9/2/2008 12:13:20 PM
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That is an excellent idea. How would you describe the differences in sound/tone?
Edzio
#14 Posted : 9/2/2008 10:12:45 PM
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Would you say one is brighter than the other? I thought the Custom 58s had a great thick tone. Not piercing at all.
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#16 Posted : 9/2/2008 10:21:13 PM
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Drool God that looks so darn gorgeous...there are times that seriously consider trading in my AS120TR for an AS103....Think
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Edzio
#17 Posted : 9/3/2008 10:53:54 AM
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I noticed the engraving on the pickups say S 58 B and S 58 N. I attached a picture. Does this mean they are Super 58s? A little unusual I guess? Either way I love them. I'm going to take Jason's advice and install their counterpart in the AK75.


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#18 Posted : 9/3/2008 11:17:41 AM
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For some reason, the Custom 58's get the S 58 engraving and the regular Super 58's get plain old covers. What you have are Custom 58's.
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jazzgeetar
#19 Posted : 9/3/2008 11:45:43 AM
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Yea, for some reason Ibanez started calling them Super 58 Custom pickups. I was confused about it too. Cause on the Ibanez.com Artcore Custom page, they refer to them as Super 58s.
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#21 Posted : 9/3/2008 1:28:54 PM

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And to be complete: B stands for bridge, N for neck.
Jason43
#20 Posted : 9/3/2008 2:41:39 PM
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jazzgeetar wrote:
Yea, for some reason Ibanez started calling them Super 58 Custom pickups. I was confused about it too. Cause on the Ibanez.com Artcore Custom page, they refer to them as Super 58s.


I've seen alot of them being sold as Super 58's as well. If I didn't know better, I'd assume they were from the engraving. I guess the name makes sense though. IIRC, they are wound to the same specs as Super 58's, but use a ceramic magnet instead.
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Edzio
#22 Posted : 9/3/2008 7:12:16 PM
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Do you have to buy the Super 58s from a dealer or can you get them directly from Ibanez? Hopefully my dealer will know the difference between the Customs and the Supers.
Jason43
#23 Posted : 9/3/2008 7:37:06 PM
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A dealer can get them. I'd look up the part numbers first.
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Edzio
#25 Posted : 9/3/2008 9:10:24 PM
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Thanks for the info. Are the MIJs better than the MIKs or is it just a matter of geography?
Edzio
#27 Posted : 9/4/2008 7:59:34 AM
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Thanks to everyone for their advice. I'll do some research and let you know what happens.
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