The AH10 features a double-cutaway Roadstar II shaped basswood body with a tone chamber routed beneath the pickups bolted to a maple neck with a 25½" scale and a 17" radius 22-fret ebony fingerboard with dot position markers. Components include a single custom-made humbucking pickup mounted in a black pickguard, a specially configured Powerocker tremolo with a short 150mm tremolo arm, Tek Grip knobs and Smooth Tuner II machine heads. The headstock features a special spider logo which was designed by Holdsworth.
The AH10 was perhaps the first commercially available guitar with a basswood body. Holdsworth wanted a light guitar, so Ibanez luthiers evaluated a few species of wood that weren't commonly used for guitars including basswood and jelutong. They found that jelutong (which was the lightest of the woods they considered) didn't hold screws as well as other options, so basswood was chosen. Basswood has since become the wood used in the original JEM777 and in the majority of the RG series over the past 30+ years.