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The AS153 is an Artstar series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2013. It was initially made in China but production moved to Indonesia in mid-2018.

The AS153 features a semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with a flamed maple top with ƒ holes and cream multi-binding on flamed maple back and sides mated to a set-in mahogany and maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with cream binding and pearl/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 painted to match the top, Sure Grip III knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

For 2015 the pearl and abalone inlays were replaced with acrylic and abalone. 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.

The AS153L is a left-handed version. The AS153B is a similar model with a maple body. The AS200 is an related model with more upscale components and features. The AM153 and AM153QA are related models with slightly smaller figured bubinga and quilted ash bodies.


Specifications for AS153
Model name: AS153
Year(s) produced: 2013–2021
Sold in: Asia & Africa 2016–2021 / China 2018–2021 / Europe / Japan 2013–2017 / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: China (2013–2018) / Indonesia (2018–2021)
Finish(es): Antique Amber (AA) 2013–2016 / Antique Yellow Sunburst (AYS) / Jet Blue Burst (JBB) 2016–2018 / Tequila Sunrise (TQS) 2014
Body type:
Hollow body
  Length: 489mm / 19¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"

  Material: Flamed maple (laminated)
  Binding: 3-ply cream


  Material: Flamed maple (laminated)

Neck joint:
2013–2019: ART-1
2020–2021 Gibraltar Artist (10.5mm string spacing)
Quik Change III
Flame maple (matching body)
Knob style:
Sure Grip III
Hardware color:
Neck type:
AS Artstar
Neck material:
2013–2018: 3-piece mahogany/ maple
2019–2021: 3-piece nyatoh/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
2013–2020: Ebony w/ cream binding
2021: Macassar ebony w/ cream binding
Fingerboard inlays:
2013–2014: Pearl/ abalone split block
2015–2021: Acrylic/ abalone split block
22 / medium (Artstar edge treatment)
Bone (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ half moon buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 bridge (H) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 neck (H) passive/alnico
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector / Tri-sound switch for neck pickup
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


Additional finishes/ details
2015 AS153 AA 12 02.jpg
Antique Amber
2017 AS153 JBB 12 02.jpg
Jet Blue Burst
2014 AS153 TQS 12 01.jpg
Tequila Sunrise
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Pickup switching
Controls JSM10.png
Controls layout
2021 AS153 AYS 5B 03 front.jpg
Front of body (AYS finish)
2021 AS153 AYS 5B 03 back.jpg
Rear of body (AYS finish)



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