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The AM153QA is an Artstar series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2018. It was initially made in China, but production moved to Indonesia for 2019.

The AM153QA features a petite, semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with a quilted ash top with ƒ holes and ivory multi-binding on quilted ash back and sides mated to a set-in mahogany and maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with ivory binding and 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 finished to match the top, Sure Grip III knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

For 2019 the mahogany and maple neck was replaced with nyatoh and maple. For 2020 the bridge was replaced with the new Gibraltar Artist. For 2021 the fretboard material was changed to Macassar ebony and the headstock shape was changed to the "castle" style associated with the Artist series.

The AM153 is a similar model constructed with bubinga. The AS153 is a related model with a slightly larger body and a flamed maple top.

Specifications

Specifications for AM153QA
Model name: AM153QA
Year(s) produced: 2018–2021
Sold in: USA
Made in: China (2018) / Indonesia (2019–2021)
Finish(es): Dark Brown Sunburst (DBS)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 448mm / 17⅝"
  Width: 368mm / 14½"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"
Top:

  Material: Quilted ash (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory 3-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Quilted ash (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
2018–2019: ART-1
2020–2021: Gibraltar Artist (10.5mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
Quik Change III
Pickguard:
Bakelite w/ quilted ash veneer (matching body)
Knob style:
Sure Grip III
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
AM Artstar
Neck material:
2018: 3-piece mahogany/ maple
2019–2021: 3-piece nyatoh/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
2018–2020: Ebony w/ ivory binding
2021: Macassar ebony w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Acrylic and 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 bridge (H) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 neck (H) passive/alnico
Controls:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector / 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
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Dark Brown Sunburst 2021
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Pickup switching
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Controls layout
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Front of body
2021 AM153QA DBS 5B 04 back.jpg
Rear of body

Sources

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