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The AS73B is an Artcore series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in mid-2007. It was produced in China.

The AS73B 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 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.

For 2008 the ivory plastic nut was changed to black plastic. For 2011 the speed knobs were replaced with Sure Grip III knobs.

The AS73 is a similar model with chrome pickup covers. The AS73G is a related model with gold hardware. The AS73FM is a related model with a flamed maple top.

The AS73B was discontinued after 2011.

Specifications

Specifications for AS73B
Year(s) produced: 2007–2011
Sold in: Europe / North America / USA
Made in: China
Finish(es): Black Flat (BKF) / Ocean Blue Flat (OBF)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm / 19¼"
  Width: 400mm / 15¾"
  Depth: 67mm / 2⅝" (43mm at tail)
Top:

  Material: Maple (laminated)
  Binding: Ivory multi-ply

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
ART-1 (10.5mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
Quik Change III
Pickguard:
none
Knob style:
2007–2010: Speed (black)
2011: Sure Grip III (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:
Pearl dot
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
2007: Ivory plastic
2008–2011: Black plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ half-moon buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Artcore Humbucker 2 (H)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Artcore Humbucker 1 (H)
Controls:
2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle
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
2009 AS73B OBF 12 02
Ocean Blue Flat
HH 3-way toggle
Pickup switching
Controls 2V2T3
Control layout

Sources

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