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FDP Forum / The Lefty Forum / Ibanez AM93L arrived

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Mar 11th, 2015 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

My new Ibanez came in last week - I've just been so busy I haven't had time to give a review or post pics - but today is the day!

This is a very nice guitar! When we were checking it out at the shop, I asked my sales guy if they'd ever had a right-handed version in - he said he didn't think so.

Only reason I can imagine is that this one is a couple hundred more than the Epi 339 style guitars. Don't know if it's worth the extra scratch, but since Epi doesn't make a lefty of these, I got this one!

Back to the review: everything on this looks to be well put together. I'm not crazy about gold hardware, and I don't know how it will hold up, but beyond that, hardware seems fine, binding is nearly flawless, woods are beautiful, and the size is very comfortable, both sitting and on a strap.

Pulled out of the case, action was near perfect - depending on your style - for me almost a hair low. But I changed strings (to 11-49's) and it plays great.

Pickups sound good, but have more bite in the highs than some of my other 'bucker guitars. I will eventually update the pots to full size and have it wired the other way... these act like righty pots wired lefty, although they have a little more gradual variation than some others I've had.

But we'll see if updated pots/caps addresses the bite in the highs. It's not bad, but it's noticeable. These are very vintage powered pickups - no muddiness and they drive pedals well.

More pics in profile...

Oooo - shiny!!!

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Mar 11th, 2015 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Damn, she's sweet Mikey

glad you like it.

whats the neck shape lick thick, thin, v ?

If I didn't have too many guitars as it is, I'd seriously consider getting one!


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Mar 12th, 2015 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's gorgeous! I am curious as to what is sounds like.

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Mar 12th, 2015 01:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

LRO, the neck is on the hefty side, but not as hefty as a 59 shape (like my son's SG). But it's perfect to me, and I like necks like Warmoth's boatneck, which is 1" all the way from nut past the 12th fret. This one isn't quite an inch, but it's also a little rounder on the shoulders than the boatneck (which is kind of a fat soft V).

I had owned an Ibanez 335 style a few years ago (the violin burst that was available lefty); sold it when I thought the frets were too small and cheap - anyway, this neck is noticeably thicker/stouter than that one.

LHW, the pickups are low/vintage output, with brightness on the top that can border on harsh as mentioned above. It's easy to tone down on my Princeton, and it's not really an issue on my EL83 equipped Peavey Classic 50 amp - the more I've messed with it, the less I think I'll change the pickups.

But I WILL eventually upgrade the small pots and put in orange drop (or some such thing) caps, and probably go with 50's wiring.

Really, though, everything else on this guitar is excellent (build) to very good (tuners seem to hold tune, but I might be tempted to upgrade to some of those cool Gotoh 510's...again, someday).

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Apr 29th, 2015 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just a quick update on my AM93...I've lived with it (and played it a LOT) for the past six weeks, and I'm still very impressed with it.

It's more comfortable to play (standing or sitting) than a regular 335 body. The neck feels very, very good, the fretwork is perfect, set up is excellent, and it stays in tune very well with the stock tuners. Playing it is just very enjoyable, comfortable and rewarding. And I don't even notice the gold hardware anymore...I just pick up the guitar and play!

I've also gotten comfortable with the pickups and controls... the highs are easy to tweak, and they're there when you need them. I might eventually upgrade the pots and caps, but I'm in no hurry now. There's enough range on the controls to get a nice range of tones.

So there it is - this is one well made, well designed and executed instrument, and while it's priced a little higher than comparable models from Epiphone, it's a good value (and available for us lefties - kinda a critical point, don't cha think?). It's a keeper.

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