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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.

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

Specifications for AS153
Year(s) produced: 2013–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa 2016–2020 / China 2018–2020 / Europe / Japan 2013–2017 / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: China (2013–2018) / Indonesia (2018–2020)
Finish(es): Antique Amber (AA) 2013–2016 / Antique Yellow Sunburst (AYS) / Jet Blue Burst (JBB) 2016–2018 / Tequila Sunrise (TQS) 2014
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm / 19¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"
Top:

  Material: Flamed maple
  Binding: 3-ply cream

Back/sides:

  Material: Flamed maple

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
2013–2019: ART-1
2020 Gibraltar Artist (10.5mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
Quik Change III
Pickguard:
Flame maple (matching body)
Knob style:
Sure Grip III
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
AS Artstar
Neck material:
2013–2018: 3-piece mahogany/ maple
2019–2020: 3-piece nyatoh/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ 3-ply cream binding
Fingerboard inlays:
2013–2014: Pearl/ abalone split block
2015–2020: Acrylic/ abalone split block
Frets:
22 / medium (Artstar edge treatment)
Nut:
Bone (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ half moon buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle / Tri-sound switch for neck pickup
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
2015 AS153 AA 12 02
Antique Amber
2017 AS153 JBB 12 02
Jet Blue Burst
2014 AS153 TQS 12 01
Tequila Sunrise
HH-3-way single-tri-sound
Pickup switching
Controls JSM10
Control layout

Video

Artstar with Ben Monder

Artstar with Ben Monder

Sources

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