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The AS73L is a left-handed Artcore series hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in mid-2008. It was originally produced in China, but for 2017 production moved to Indonesia.

The AS73L 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 AS73L'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.

The AS73 is a right-handed version. The AS53L is a less expensive related model.

The AS73L was discontinued after 2018.

Specifications

Specifications for AS73L
Year(s) produced: 2008–2018
Sold in: Japan / USA
Made in: China (2008–2016) / Indonesia (2017–2018)
Finish(es): Brown Sunburst (BS) 2008–2009, 2011 / Transparent Cherry Red (TCD) 2017–2018 / Transparent Cherry (TCR) 2009–2016
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 479mm / 18⅞"
  Width: 368mm / 14½"
  Depth: 92mm / 3⅝"
Top:

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

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple (laminated)

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
ART-1
Tailpiece:
Quik Change III
Pickguard:
2008–2016: none
2017–2018: 3-ply black/white/black
Knob style:
2008–2010: Speed (black)
2011–2018: Sure Grip III (black)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
2008–2016: Artcore
2017–2018: AS Artcore
Neck material:
1-piece mahogany
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ ivory binding
Fingerboard inlays:
2008–2014: Pearl dot
2015–2016: White dot
2017–2018: Acrylic block
Frets:
2008–2009: 22 / large
2010–2018: 22 / medium
Nut:
Ivory plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast w/ half-moon buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
2008–2014: Ibanez Artcore Humbucker 2 (H)
2015–2018: Ibanez Classic Elite (H)
Neck pickup:
2008–2014: Ibanez Artcore Humbucker 1 (H)
2015–2018: Ibanez Classic Elite (H)
Controls:
Two volumes / two tones / 3-way toggle pickup selector
Output jack:
Mono (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.010/.013/.017/.030/.042/.052

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2011 AS73L BS 12 03.jpg
Brown Sunburst 2011
2015 AS73L TCR 12 04.jpg
Transparent Cherry 2015
HH 3-way toggle.png
Pickup switching diagram
Controls 2V2T3.png
Control layout

Sources

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