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The AS73 is an Artcore series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2002. It was originally produced in China, but since 2016 production has moved to Indonesia.

The AS73 features a double-cutaway, semi-hollow body design with an arched laminated maple top with ƒ holes and ivory multi-binding on maple 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 with chrome covers and individual volume and tone controls, a Tune-o-matic style bridge with a Quik Change tailpiece, a plastic nut, speed knobs, and Ibanez tuning machines.

Several changes have been made in the AS73's life cycle. For 2010 the frets were changed from large to medium. For 2011 the speed knobs were replaced with Sure Grip III knobs. For 2015 the Artcore pickups were replaced with Classic Elite pickups and the pearl dot fretboard inlays were switched to acrylic. For 2017 acrylic block inlays replaced the acrylic dots and a black pickguard was added. For 2018 the rosewood fretboard was replaced in some markets with treated New Zealand pine. For 2019 the maple body construction changed to linden, the mahogany neck was replaced with nyatoh, and the rosewood fretboard was replaced with laurel. For 2020 the fretboard was again changed, this time to walnut, and the bridge was replaced with the new Gibraltar Performer.

The AS73L is a left-handed version. The AS73D is a similar model with ivory pickup rings. The AS73G is a similar model with gold hardware. The AS73B is a similar model with uncovered black pickups. The AS73FM is a similar model with a flamed maple top. The AS7312 is a 12-string version. The AS73T is a similar model with a vibrato tailpiece.

Specifications

Specifications for AS73
Year(s) produced: 2002–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China / Europe / Japan / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: China (2002–2016) / Indonesia (2016–2020)
Finish(es): Antique Amber (AA) 2014–2017 / Antique Tobacco Flat (ATF) 2018 / Black (BK) 2012–2013 / Brown Sunburst (BS) 2002–2012 / Ivory (IV) 2009–2013 / Olive Metallic (OLM) 2018–2020 / Tobacco Brown (TBC) 2013–2020 / Transparent Blue Sunburst (TBS) 2002–2005 / Transparent Cherry Red (TCD) 2017–2020 / Transparent Cherry (TCR) 2003–2016 / Transparent Red (TRD) 2007–2008
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm / 19¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝"
Top:

  Material: 2002–2018: Maple (laminated)
                2019–2020: Linden (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: 2002–2018: Maple (laminated)
                2019–2020: Linden (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
2002–2019: ART-1
2020: Gibraltar Performer (10.5mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
Quik Change III
Pickguard:
2002–2016: none
2017–2020: 3-ply black/white/black
Knob style:
2002–2010: Speed (black)
2011–2020: Sure Grip III (black)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
2002–2016: Artcore
2017–2020: AS Artcore
Neck material:
2002–2018: 1-piece mahogany
2019–2020: 1-piece nyatoh
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
2002–2017: Rosewood w/ ivory binding
2018: Rosewood or treated New Zealand pine w/ ivory binding
2019: Laurel w/ ivory binding
2020: Walnut w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
2002–2014: Pearl dot
2015–2016: White dot
2017–2020: Acrylic block
Frets:
2002–2009: 22 / large
2010–2020: 22 / medium
Nut:
Ivory plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ half-moon buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
2002–2014: Ibanez Artcore Humbucker 2 (H)
2015–2020: Ibanez Classic Elite (H)
Neck pickup:
2002–2014: Ibanez Artcore Humbucker 1 (H)
2015–2020: Ibanez Classic Elite (H)
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
Output jack:
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
2014 AS73 AA 12 03
Antique Amber 2014
2018 AS73 ATF 12 01
Antique Tobacco Flat 2018
2012 AS73 BK 12 03
Black 2012
2010 AS73 BS 12 02
Brown Sunburst 2010
2010 AS73 IV 12 02
Ivory 2010
2019 AS73 OLM 5B 03
Olive Metallic 2019
2019 AS73 TBC 5B 03
Tobacco Brown 2019
2002 AS73 TBS 12 01
Transparent Blue Sunburst 2002
2016 AS73 TCR 5B 01
Transparent Cherry 2016
2007 AS73 TRD 12 01
Transparent Red 2007
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3
Control layout

Sources

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