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The AM153 is an Artstar series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in late 2013. It was made in China.

The AM153 features a smaller, semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with a flamed maple top with ƒ holes and cream multi-binding on flamed maple back and sides mated to a set-in mahogany and maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with cream binding and pearl/acrylic and abalone split block position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 58 humbucking pickups with gold covers and individual volume and tone controls and a Tri-sound switch for the neck, a Tune-o-matic style bridge and tailpiece, a bone nut, a pickguard painted to match the top, Sure Grip III knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

For 2015 the pearl and abalone inlays were replaced with acrylic and abalone.

The AS153 is a related model with a slightly smaller flamed maple body.

The AM153 was discontinued in 2018. It was replaced with the AM153QA which has a quilted ash body.

Specifications

Specifications for AM153
Year(s) produced: 2013–2018
Sold in: Japan / USA
Made in: China
Finish(es): Dark Brown Sunburst (DBS)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm / 19¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"
Top:

  Material: Figured bubinga
  Binding: 3-ply cream

Back/sides:

  Material: Figured bubinga

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
ART-1 Tune-o-matic (10.5mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
Quik Change III
Pickguard:
Figured bubinga (matching body)
Knob style:
Sure Grip III
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
AS Artstar
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ 3-ply cream binding
Fingerboard inlays:
2013–2014: Pearl/ abalone split block
2015–2018: Acrylic/ abalone split block
Frets:
22 / medium (Artstar edge treatment)
Nut:
Bone (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ half moon buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle / Tri-sound switch for neck pickup
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.030/.042/.052
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional details
HH-3-way single-tri-sound
Pickup switching
Controls JSM10
Control layout

Sources

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