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The AS120 is an Artstar series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 1995. It was made in South Korea. It is believed this model was initially produced by Samick, with production moving to Cort sometime in 1995.[1]

The AS120 features a semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with an arched, laminated maple top with ƒ holes and ivory multi-binding on maple back and sides with a center block mated to a set-in maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and pearl and abalone split block position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Super 50 humbucking pickups with gold covers and individual volume and tone controls, black pickup rings, a Tune-o-matic style Full Tune bridge, a standard tailpiece, a plastic nut, a black pickguard, plastic top hat knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines with ivory buttons.

For 1996 the bridge was changed to the Full Tune II. Several changes were introduced for 1997: the AS120 adopted a new shape with the more pointed horns of the AS200, the pickups were changed to Super 58s and speed knobs were introduced.

The AF120 is a related model with a larger, full-hollow, single cutaway body.

The AS120 was discontinued after 2003.

Specifications

Specifications for AS120
Year(s) produced: 1995–2003
Sold in: Asia & S. America (2003) / Europe / Japan (2003) / USA
Made in: South Korea
Finish(es): Antique Sunburst (AS) 2002–2003 / Brown Sunburst (BS) 1997–2003 / Transparent Red (TR) 1997–2002 / Vintage Sunburst (VS) 1995–1996 / White (WH) 1995
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 464mm / 18¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 44mm / 1¾"
Top:

  Material: Maple (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
1995: Full Tune
1996–2003: Full Tune II
Tailpiece:
AS120 (standard)
Pickguard:
3-ply: Black/ white/ black
Knob style:
1995–1996: Top hat (gold)
1997–2003: Speed (gold)
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
Artstar AS
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl/ abalone split block
Frets:
22 / medium (SBB213-150)
Nut:
Plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ pearloid buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
1995–1996: Ibanez Super 50 bridge (H)
1997–2003: Ibanez Super 58 bridge (H)
Neck pickup:
1995–1996: Ibanez Super 50 neck (H)
1997–2003: Ibanez Super 58 neck (H)
Controls:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector
Output jack:
¼" mono (face mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042 (round wound)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2002 AS120 AS 1M 01.jpg
Antique Sunburst
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Transparent Red
1995 AS120 VS.png
Vintage Sunburst
1995 AS120 WH.png
White
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Pickup switching
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Control layout

Sources

  1. Factory's that produced Artstars in Korea?, Ibanez Collector's World (forum), archived October 2018
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