The AM73B is an Artcore series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2008, replacing the AM73. It was originally produced in China, but since 2016 production has moved to Indonesia.
The AM73B features a smaller, double-cutaway, semi-hollow body design with an arched laminated maple top with ƒ holes on maple back and sides mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Artcore humbucking pickups with individual volume and tone controls, black plastic pickup rings, a Tune-o-matic style bridge with a Quik Change tailpiece, a plastic nut, speed knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.
Several changes have been made in the AM73B's life cycle. For 2010 the frets were changed from large to medium. For 2011 the speed knobs were replaced with Sure Grip III knobs. For 2014 the Artcore pickups were replaced with Infinity R pickups. For 2015 the pearl dot fretboard inlays were switched to acrylic. For 2019 the maple body construction changed to linden, the mahogany neck was replaced with nyatoh, and the rosewood fretboard was replaced with laurel. For 2020 the fretboard was again changed, this time to walnut, and the bridge was replaced with the new Gibraltar Performer.
The AM73D is a similar model with ivory pickup rings. The AS73 is a related model with a slightly larger body.
Specifications for AM73B
Year(s) produced: 2008–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China / Europe / Japan / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: China (2008–2016) / Indonesia (2016–2020)
Finish(es): Black Flat (BKF) 2008–2011 / Jet Blue Burst Flat (JFL) 2014–2015 / Sunburst Red Flat (SRF) 2013 / Tobacco Flat (TF) 2013–2020 / Transparent Red Flat (TRF) 2012