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I'm new here... Introduction + ASR70 owner
#1 Posted : 3/17/2017 12:40:20 PM

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Hi All, I am new to this site and to Ibanez guitars. The John Schofield Ibanez story got my interest in checking out the line up. Was looking for a hollowbody
like an Epi Casino, with P90 p'ups. Was in a store and saw an ASR70a few years back - fully hollow with P90 style p"ups. I played it and was quite taken with it. I am an acoustic guy
looking for an inexpensive way to get into Hollow Electric without parting with 3-4$K . While I did not buy it, the experience stayed with me (You all know what that';s like)

Recently I decided to add more electric sounds to my program and sought out an ASR70 - only to discover it is not made any more. I WAS SHOCKED. Ibanez was on to something good here.
I know some did not like the sunburst yellow/orange/black combo - but that is an easy change for a Co. like Ibanez. . Anyway, my first good guitar was a '61 Melody Maker with the same finish - so I am likely one of the rare one's that really like this finish. I picked one up used from a store in British Columbia - and shipped it to Ontario. I really like this guitar. Might change the nut sooner rather than later ( I do that with EVERY guitar)

I would love to know:

1/ Why did production stop? Is this now a rare guitar?

2/ Has anyone looked at the ASR70 pickups - Ibanez is pretty careful to NOT call them P90's.

3/ Has anyone swapped the pickups out for something else ( I am looking to keep the P90 tone, which this ax has, but with a cleaner output

#2 Posted : 3/17/2017 1:25:01 PM

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I liked the ASR70 as well! I'm not sure why production stopped, but I do know that Ibanez changes their models quite a bit, so it doesn't really surprise me. Especially since this was something a little different than what we normally do. I don't think there was a specific reason why they discontinued it, other than to make room for other new models.

The pickups sounded decent for the few times I played them, but I'm not sure how close they would be to P90s. Hopefully someone else can chime in if they know??

Hope this helps a little!
#3 Posted : 4/3/2017 2:56:21 AM

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I just picked up a used ASR70 a few weeks ago. Wasn't expecting much for $250 and I don't own many inexpensive imports but have been amazed at how good this guitar is. I did a show with it for the first time last Friday night and it held it's own just fine. I agree, a real winner.

As for the pickups, they sound fine. That said, I may try some actual alnico P90s since the guitar sounds so good acoustically and I know these are ceramic P90alikes. But like I said, nothing wrong with them at all. I'm just curious to see if it'd take it up a notch.

This is a solid guitar that hangs well with my Gibson at a fraction of the price. I'm a little surprised it was such a short run, but my guess is the rock crowd would likely gravitate to the Epi Casino because of the Beatles connection. But for me, I love a fully hollow guitar with P90s and find it a great little blues guitar.
#5 Posted : 4/4/2017 3:51:34 PM

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Thanks for the responses here on the ASR70. I remain a fan of this axe. Like others, I look it over and play and and, damn, its nice.

I look for three things in ANY guitar:


Sound is good - I think the P'ups are P90 style but with ceramic mags. I am looking at perhaps getting a cleaner tone ( less early breakup) with a modern vs vintage P90 down the road. But am in no hurry. Sound, for my needs, is fine.

Playability - scores high - might change nut to improve intonation although that is not a big issue.

Looks - Cannot find a complaint - bound ALL OVER, nice finish, and, as I said, I am one of the rare ones that likes this finish.

A keeper, I figure.

Cheers and slainte.

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