Build and features
As with the Vintage, Ibanez’s AS93 is inspired by the ES-335. It’s a solid centre-block design but with laminated, flamed sycamore back, top and sides. The back and top has a subtle dishing where the neck pickup and heel join, revealing the neck heel and giving a lovely arch-top look.
The smartly bound neck isn’t the usual Ibanez affair but the violin ’burst backed, threepiece mahogany/maple neck lends itself to many styles. All the hardware is goldplated, Ibanez logo’d tuners straddle the classic Ibanez headstock and fit in perfectly with the overall posh look.
Control-wise we have the classic two-volume/two-tone layout, with a three-way toggle to switch the two Artcore ceramic-loaded humbuckers. The AS93’s forward strap button is located into the heel (like an ES-335) and, for those new to the semi-hollow arena, will provide a very different balance to a solidbody.