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The AS253BM is an Artstar series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2015. It is made in China.

The AS253BM features a semi-hollow, double cutaway body design with a burl maple top with ƒ holes and cream multi-binding on burl maple back and sides mated to a set-in mahogany and maple neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with cream binding and 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 rosewood pickguard, rosewood knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

The AS153 is a related model with a flamed maple body and other minor differences. The AF255BM is a related full-hollow body model.

The AS253BM was discontinued after 2016.

Specifications

Specifications for AS253BM
Year(s) produced: 2015–2016
Sold in: USA
Made in: China
Finish(es): Transparent Cherry Red (TCR)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm / 19¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"
Top:

  Material: Burl maple
  Binding: 3-ply cream

Back/sides:

  Material: Burl maple

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
ART-1 (10.5mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
Quik Change III
Pickguard:
Rosewood veneer on bakelite
Knob style:
Rosewood bell
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:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector / 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
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Pickup switching
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Control layout

Sources

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