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 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