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Ibanez EW20ASE Exotic Wood Acoustic Electric Guitar

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Product Description

The Ibanez EW20ASE is the first EW Exotic Wood acoustic-electric and is receiving rave reviews form our customers! This amazing guitar features a figured ash top, back and sides, plus an Ibanez B-Band SQR pickup with a powerful AEQ-SRT Shape Shifter preamp that features an onboard guitar tuner. Its new SoundExpand construction method offers greater resonance and a more even balance of lows, mids, and highs. The guitar sounds dramatically louder and bigger in tone than guitars without Sound Expand construction. Details include chrome Ibanez tuners and a rosewood fingerboard.

Ibanez AEL50C Style Case
To protect and transport your guitar, Ibanez recommends the optional AEL50C Style Acoustic Guitar Case (#IBA AEL50C).


About Ibanez Guitars - A Short History Of A Company With A Long History
If you wanted a total history of Ibanez you'd have go back to 1908 when a company named Hoshino began as a sheet music store and later music products distributor in Nagoya Japan.

If you wanted a little less completeness than that you'd go back about forty-five when Hoshino began distributing a Spanish guitar named Ibanez. Or perhaps you'd simply go to the Mid 60's when Hoshino, who by that time had purchased the rights to the Ibanez name, began shipping incredibly funky looking guitars to the United States, many of which were actually sold in department stores.

But for most of us, Ibanez pretty much begins almost 30 years ago, when Hoshino opened an office near Philadelphia, PA for more efficiently distributing Ibanez guitars to the United States. Most of those guitars were Ibanez' famous high quality (but very inexpensive) copies of just about everything–you name it, we probably made a version of it. At that time many American instruments were going through an unfortunate period of increasing prices with decreasing quality, and these copies hit a ready market.

But the people with Ibanez weren't content with just copying and Ibanez began making their own designs: the solid body Artists (played by Bob Weir of the Dead) the Iceman (first made famous by Paul Stanley of KISS and the George Benson guitars, the first jazz boxes designed for higher volume stage playing. Many of these first Ibanez guitars continue to increase in value and a good number are now highly prized collector's items.

By 1976, the Ibanez copy era officially came to an end when one of the major American guitar manufacturers--no longer amused by the copiers–successfully sued the highest profile copier, Ibanez. But by that time it didn't matter–Ibanez had already left the copies behind and was fast becoming an innovative guitar company in its own right.

By the mid-80's with the interest in instrumental rock guitar on the rise, Ibanez collaborated with players such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert and brought out the JEM, JS, RG and S models. Today, present day versions such as these models still considered the standard in hard rock and instrumental rock guitars.

As well known for its jazz guitars as it is for rock, Ibanez has an impressive line of jazz boxes including the aforementioned George Benson models, two Pat Metheny models, and most recently, the new John Scofield signature semi-acoustic.

One final note...Ibanez is also one of the top selling bass companies in the world (in many places the top selling bass). Ibanez first drew attention in the 70's and 80's with its neck-thru Musician basses with active electronics. Today, Ibanez offers the huge number of 4, 5, and 6 basses in the Soundgear line, as well as the Ergodyne models, the basses of the future.

Product Specifications
Ibanez EW20ASE Specifications
  • Body Shape: EW Body with Cutaway
  • Neck: Mahogany Neck
  • Guitar Top: Figured Ash Body
  • Rosette: Abalone Rosette
  • Tuners: Ibanez Chrome Die-Cast
  • Pickup: B-Band UST Pickup
  • Electronics: Ibanez SRTn Preamp with Notch Filter and Onboard Tuner
  • Outputs: Balanced 1/4 Inch and XLR Outputs
  • Fretboard: Rosewood Bridge and Fretboard
  • Saddle: Ivorex II Nut and Saddle
  • Bridge Pins: Advantage Bridge Pins
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP Strings
  • Optional Case: #IBA AEL50C


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  215-638-8670 Warranty:  Electric Guitars & Basses: 1 Year.
Acoustic Guitars: Limited Lifetime (1 year on electronics & tuners).
Amplifiers: 5 Years (1 year on speakers)
Pedals: 5 Years
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Overall Rating
Quality
Reliability
Playability and Feel
Tone
Finish
Action
Subject
Great
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Seems to be, but the first 2 I recieved had issues (fret dress for 1, broken controls on the 2nd) the 3rd however was perfect. These came factory sealed so more than likely it was a sleepy inspector or the fact it travelled from the other side of the planet. The initial disappointment was offset by the terrific customer service of AMS, they were very concerned (maybe even more than me) and fixed me up VERY FAST even though they had to have one of their own people inspect the 3rd one, plus all the return shipping they had to pay. It was nice to have a company & staff much more concerned with my happiness than their bottom line. Not enough room to write about all the little things they did in this process, but the customer service was best I have ever ever experienced. Matter of fact I went from being nervous about buying a guitar without playing it to buying 2 Les Pauls from AMS afterwards (no problems with either of those thankfully).
Reliability
How has it stood up over time?
Haven't had had it long (about 2 weeks) but seems rock solid, more I play it the more I like it.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
Everything really great overall, the only somewhat negative thing is, the onboard chorus isn't adjustable, but in the right situation it still could be useful, doesn't sound bad just limited. Everything else.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Great neck, VERY FAST for an acoustic, well designed cut away gives good access to upper register.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Light and crisp without being hollow or wimpy. Base sound (no amplification) is great. Pick-ups seem good (only checked at low volume on a small marshall combo) Not a big fan of the 1-size fits all chorus, but it could prove useful and 3 band EQ is nice.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Great looking guitar, commented on by everyone who's seen it.
Action
How was the action out of the box?
Perfect
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