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The AS103 is an Artcore Custom series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2006. It was made in China.

The AS103 features a full-sized, double-cutaway, semi-hollow body design with a laminated flamed maple top with ƒ holes and ivory multi-binding on flamed maple back and sides mated to a set-in maple and walnut neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and abalone custom block position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 58 Custom humbucking pickups with gold covers and individual volume and tone controls, a Tune-o-matic style bridge with a Quik Change Ultra tailpiece with integrated fine tuners, a plastic nut, a flamed maple pickguard finished to match the body, rosewood knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines with white buttons.

For 2009 the Quik Change Ultra tailpiece was replaced with the Quik Change III which doesn't have fine tuners.

The AS103L is a left-handed version. Several similar models with different body materials were produced — the AS103BM (burl mahogany), the AS103HK (Hawaiian koa), and the AS103SM (spalted maple). The AF105 is a related full-hollow model.

This AS103 was discontinued after 2012. The somewhat similar AS153 was introduced for 2013.

Specifications

Specifications for AS103
Year(s) produced: 2006–2012
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: China
Finish(es): Amber Burst (AMB) 2007–2008 / Natural (NT) / Vintage Burst (VB) 2009–2012
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm / 19¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"
Top:

  Material: Flamed maple (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Flamed maple (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
ART-1 (10.5mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
2006–2008: Quik Change Ultra
2009–2012: Quik Change III
Pickguard:
Flamed maple
Knob style:
Rosewood bell
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
Artcore Custom AS
Neck material:
5-piece maple/ walnut
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Abalone custom block
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Ivory plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ white acrylic half-moon buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 Custom (H) passive/ceramic
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 Custom (H) passive/ceramic
Controls:
2 volume / 2 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
2008 AS103 AMB 12 01
Amber Burst
2010 AS103 VB 12 02
Vintage Burst
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3
Control layout

Sources

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