The Ibanez AS153B-BK Artstar Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar in Black finish is a model that all guitarists will fall in love with. Whether you're just picking up the guitar for the first time, or are a regular on the gigging circuit, you're bound to be blown away by this exceptional model. As tonally flexible as they come, the AS153B is built using the finest tonewoods, and is equipped with some intricate circuitry that expands the versatility of this already brilliant guitar.
Exquisite Semi-hollowbody Design
The Artstar semi-hollowbody design is a chambered affair, with a shallow body that produces a warm yet tight response that sings beautifully through the f-holes in the body top. Maple has been employed as the tonewood of choice for the body, lending its bright-sounding, highly resonant character perfectly to the body shape and depth. Finished in a sophisticated black paintjob, with matching pickguard, the AS153B is perfect for that seeking a stylish yet understated model.
Set-In, Three-Piece Neck
Fitted to the body using the sturdy set-in construction method, is a three-piece mahogany and maple neck. The Artstar profile is comfortably thinner traditional neck styles in order to increase ease of play, and maximise mobility around the neck. Married to the neck is a bound ebony fingerboard, which is home to 22-frets that have been treated to the Artstar fret-edge treatment - i.e. hand-rolled to facilitate smooth chord changes, and seamless transitions between frets. Acrylic and abalone block fingerboard inlays guide your way in style.
Super 58 Humbuckers
A pair of Super 80 pickups - fitted at the neck and bridge positions - offers a classic high-output tone with plenty of sparkle. They represent the excellent tonewood selection perfectly, with plenty of brightness and clarity whether played at low or high volume levels. Whether you're looking to execute intricate jazz licks with clean brilliance, or thick and dirty blues, the Super 58s can deliver everything with ease.
Control comes in the form of a 3-way pickup selector switch, a master volume pot and a master tone pot. From thick and creamy tones produced by the neck pickups, to the direct and punchy mids of the bridge, or a combination of both, you are equipped to hit the stage or the studio with a huge tonal arsenal. Increasing your tonal options even further, the neck pickup is fitted with a Tri-Sound switch, which allows you to choose series/parallel/coil-tap wiring configurations. Finding the perfect tone when going from jazz to blues to hard rock, can be done at the flick of a switch.
The AS153B-BK is equipped with an ART-1 bridge, which is paired with the Quik Change III tailpiece to create a winning partnership that ensures intonation is upheld precisely. The nut, neck, neck joint, body, bridge and tailpiece, all work in harmony to optimise sustain, so that you can let notes ring out for days. All hardware is completed in gold, and along with the tortoise-coloured pickguard, complements the natural body finish beautifully.
Each model is supplied with its own hardshell case, to keep your new pride and joy well protected whilst at home or on the move.
Manufacturer Ibanez Model AS153B-BK Artstar Electric Guitar Body Material Maple Neck Material Mahogany/Maple Fingerboard Material Bound Ebony Pickup Configuration HH Bridge Hard Tail Neck Profile Artstar set-in No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Acrylic and Abalone Block Active/Passive Passive Bridge/Tailpiece ART-1/Quik Change III Pickups Neck/Bridge: Super 58 Controls Neck Volume Neck Tone Bridge Volume Bridge Tone Tri-Sound Switch Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup Position 3. Neck Pickup Tri-sound Switch (Neck Pickup) Parallel Coil-tap Series Finish Black
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