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For the more recent model with the same name, see AS53L (2017—2018).
2015 AS53L TF 12 02
AS53L Tobacco Flat Red copyright sprite

The AS53L is a left-handed Artcore series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in mid-2012. It was produced in China.

The AS53L features a double-cutaway, semi-hollow body design with an arched laminated sapele top with ƒ holes and ivory binding on sapele back and sides mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with ivory binding and pearl dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez Artcore humbucking pickups, a Tune-o-matic style bridge with separate tailpiece, a plastic nut, speed knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

Mid-year 2014 the Artcore pickups were replaced with Infinity R pickups and the pearl dot fretboard inlays were switched to acrylic.

The AS53 is a right-handed version.

Specifications

Specifications for AS53L (2012–2015)
Year(s) produced: 2012–2015
Sold in: USA
Made in: China
Finish(es): Tobacco Flat (TF)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm / 19¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"
Top:

  Material: Sapele (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory

Back/sides:

  Material: Sapele (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
ART-ST
Tailpiece:
ART-ST a.k.a. "Full Tune III"
Knob style:
Speed (black)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
Artcore
Neck material:
1-piece mahogany
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
2012–2014: Pearl dot
2014–2015: White acrylic dot
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Ivory plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
2012–2014: Ibanez ACH2-ST (H)
2014–2015: Ibanez Infinity R (H)
Neck pickup:
2012–2014: Ibanez ACH1-ST (H)
2014–2015: Ibanez Infinity R (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 3-way toggle
Output jack:
Mono (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.030/.042/.052

Images

Additional details
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching diagram
Controls VT3 ARZ
Control layout

Sources

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