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The AM53 is an Artcore series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2015. It was originally produced in China; production began in Indonesia in 2016; Chinese production ceased in 2018.

The AM73B features a smaller, double-cutaway, semi-hollow body design with an arched laminated sapele top with ƒ holes on sapele back and sides mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with acrylic white dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Infinty R humbucking pickups, a Tune-o-matic style bridge with separate tailpiece, a plastic nut, speed knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

For 2018 the rosewood fretboard was changed to treated New Zealand pine for some markets. For 2019 the maple body construction changed to linden, the mahogany neck was replaced with nyatoh, and the fretboard was changed to laurel. For 2020 the fretboard was again changed, this time to walnut, and the bridge was replaced with the new Gibraltar Performer and the tailpiece was changed to the Quik Change III.

The AS53 is a related model with a slightly larger body.

Specifications

Specifications for AM53
Year(s) produced: 2015–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China / Europe / Japan / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: China (2015–2018) / Indonesia (2016–2020)
Finish(es): Sunburst Red Flat (SRF) / Tobacco Flat (TF) / Transparent Black Flat (TKF) 2015–2016
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 448mm / 17⅝"
  Width: 368mm / 14½"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"
Top:

  Material: Sapele (laminated)

Back/sides:

  Material: Sapele (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
2015–2019: ART-ST
2020: Gibraltar Performer (10.5mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
2015–2019: ART-ST a.k.a. "Full Tune III"
2020: Quik Change III
Knob style:
Speed (black)
Neck
Neck type:
2015–2016: Artcore
2017–2020: AS Artcore
Neck material:
2015–2018: 1-piece mahogany
2019–2020: 1-piece nyatoh
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
2015–2017: Rosewood w/ ivory binding
2018: Rosewood or treated New Zealand pine w/ ivory binding
2019: Laurel w/ ivory binding
2020: Walnut w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
White acrylic dot
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Ivory plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Infinity R (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Infinity R (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle
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 finishes/ details
2019 AM53 TF 5B 03
Tobacco Flat 2019
2016 AM53 TKF 5B 01
Transparent Black Flat 2016
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
VT3 Artcore AM
Control layout

Sources

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