The AR250 has all basic Artist features but unlike most models which proceeded it in the series, it was produced outside Japan. It features a mahogany body with a flamed maple top with binding mated to a set-in maple neck with a 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. Components include a fixed bridge and tailpiece and dual Ibanez Axis humbucking pickups with individual volume and tone controls.
The AR250 supplanted the AR200 which is similar except it has a plain maple top. This version was offered from 1999 until 2004 when it was replaced by the AR300. The AR250 returned in 2009.