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The Artcore Humbuckers (ACH) pickups are designed and produced by Ibanez.

As the name implies the Artcore Humbuckers were designed for the Artcore series of the hollow-body guitars. However they have also been used in several solid body models, notably the ART series as well as a few others.

Three types of models comprise this series: the ACH and ACH-ST (semi/full hollow body models) and the ACH-S (solid body models). As always, a few exceptions may occur.

List of pickups

Artcore 1

ACH1
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: ACH1
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck
Magnet: Ceramic
Used in: ART80
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Description: Humbucking pickups, sometimes considered as a less expensive version of the Super 58 pickups found in the semi/full hollow body Artcore series. Clean sounding with a slight overdrive.[1] Versions with gold, chrome and cosmo black covers were offered.

Artcore 2

Artcore 2
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: ACH2
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic[1]
Used in: ART80
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Description: Bridge version of Artcore 1. Versions with gold, chrome and cosmo black covers were offered.


Artcore 1-S

Artcore 1-S
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: ACH1-S
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck
Magnet: Ceramic
Used in: ARX series, DN300, some ART series models
Description: Tight and trebly tone.[2] Unlike the Artcore 1 pickup, the Artcore 1-S does not have a pickup cover.


Artcore 2-S

Artcore 2-S
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: ACH2-S
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic
Used in: ARX series, DN300, some ART series models
Description: Bridge version of Artcore 1-S.[2] Unlike the Artcore 2 pickup, the Artcore 2-S does not have a pickup cover.


Artcore 7

Artcore 7
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PU12A0019 (ACH7)[3]
Construction: P90-style single-coil
Position: Neck
Used in: ASR75 (black/chrome), ASR75V (ivory/gold)
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Description: The Artcore 7 is a P90-style humbucker-sized single-coil pickup, which are mounted similarly to humbuckers (i.e. they are not "dogear" pickups). Two versions were produced; one with ivory covers and gold rings, the other with black covers and chrome rings. It is suited for use in the neck position and is typically paired with an Artcore 8.

Artcore 8

Artcore 8
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PU12A0020 (ACH8)[3]
Construction: P90-style single-coil
Position: Bridge
Used in: ASR75 (black/chrome), ASR75V (ivory/gold)
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Description: The Artcore 8 is a P90-style humbucker-sized single-coil pickup, which are mounted similarly to humbuckers (i.e. they are not "dogear" pickups). Two versions were produced; one with ivory covers and gold rings, the other with black covers and chrome rings. It is suited for use in the bridge position and is typically paired with an Artcore 7.


Artcore DS1

Artcore DS1
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PU12A0031 (ACH-DS1)
Year introduced: 2013
Discontinued: 2014
Construction: Dogear P90-style single-coil
Position: Neck
Used in: ASR70
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Description: The Artcore Single coil pickups are dogear P90-style humbucker-sized single-coil pickups with black covers. They provide crispy rock sound with full projection.[4]


Artcore DS2

Artcore DS2
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PU12A0032 (ACH-DS2)
Year introduced: 2013
Discontinued: 2014
Construction: Dogear P90-style single-coil
Position: Bridge
Used in: ASR70
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Description: The Artcore Single coil pickups are dogear P90-style humbucker-sized single-coil pickups with black covers. They provide crispy rock sound with full projection.[4]


ACH-ST

ACH1-ST
Model no.: ACH1-ST
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck
Description: Another variant of the ACH pickups.


ACH2-ST
Model no.: ACH2-ST
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Description: Another variant of the ACH pickups.


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 AF95PV product page, Ibanez USA, archived February 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 Neck Dimensions and Electronics, 2006 Ibanez North America catalog, p. 118.
  3. 3.0 3.1 ASR75V parts list, Hoshino parts website, archived March 2020
  4. 4.0 4.1 ASR70 product page, Ibanez USA, archived May 2013
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