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Ibanez  Artist 593FB Banjo Reviews

Submitted by Unknown on 1/17/2002

Where Purchased: Private party

Year Purchased: 2001
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


One of the best Japanese masterclones of
1976. Clear and bright. I love the neck-so
much better than bigger, bulkier ones. Very
sleek. I know one Vega owner and one
Gibson owner who would like to have it.

Sound Rating: 8


The fret wiz at Atomic guitars in Little Rock set
the action up on this one and it is very smooth
and low with no buzz ever. I have the original
tailpiece, but the one on it now is superior-I
wish I knew more about it.

Setup Rating: 10


Blond maple finish with , genuine
mother-of-pearl inlay on back and on
peghead. Dramatic vine inlay runs up the
fretboard. It has the old Ibanez logo on the

Appearance Rating: 10


It was made in December 1976. It has no
wear, no scratches, and is probably the nicest
one around. I've played it an hour or two a day
for a year and a half, but I doubt it had been played
more than 10 hours previously.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

None of this applies

Customer Service: not rated


The tuners are excellent and I've had it totally
apart. All looks excellent. It was Ibanez's best
in 1976. This was a nicely made banjo.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

This banjo cost $650. new in 1977 (it was built
in Dec 1976). The very snug fitting hard shell
crushed velvet lined case was $69. I couldn't
replace this for less than $1200. judging from
new models I've compared it with.

Overall Rating: 8

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