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The AS153B is an Artstar series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2016. It was made in China.

The AS153B features a semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with a maple top with ƒ holes and cream multi-binding on 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 with a maple veneer on bakelite painted to match the top, Sure Grip III knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

The AS153 is a similar model with a flamed maple body. The AM153 is a related model with a slightly smaller body and a figured bubinga top.

The AS153B was discontinued in 2018.

Specifications

Specifications for AS153B
Year(s) produced: 2016–2018
Sold in: Asia & Africa / Europe
Made in: China
Finish(es): Black (BK)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm / 19¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"
Top:

  Material: Maple (laminated)
  Binding: 3-ply cream

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
ART-1 (10.5mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
Quik Change III
Pickguard:
Maple veneer on bakelite (matching body)
Knob style:
Sure Grip III
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
AS Artstar
Neck material:
3-piece mahogany/ maple
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony w/ 3-ply cream binding
Fingerboard inlays:
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 details
HH-3-way single-tri-sound
Pickup switching
Controls JSM10
Control layout

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