Ibanez used a combination of Thermo Aged™ solid mahogany top and spruce X bracing on the AVC9CE to produce ample volume and an enormous frequency range. In addition, having a Thermo Aged™ solid back brings further enhancement to the sound; even more bass, even more treble, and plenty of punch.
The Artwood Vintage series now showcases another vintage element by applying an “aging” process to the tonewood —“ Thermo Aged “tone wood, made by a special drying process at a high temperature which is commonly known as “baking” or “torrefaction”. Only choice selected and seasoned tone wood can be cured to Thermo Aged wood. The wood is heated in a vacuum with a specific recipe for each kind of the wood in order to release water and decompose resin contained within the wood. As a result, Thermo Aged tone wood becomes light, hard and stable like tone wood dried for decades, while providing amazing response and a louder sound. The tone character includes a full-bodied low-end and a great smooth sustain in the treble strings which are common features of vintage guitars.
The grand concert body shape of the AVC9CE, along with it’s Thermo Aged Mahogany top with Thermo Aged Spruce X bracing and a shorter scale delivers a wide dynamic sound when strumming and a quick response when finger picking, thanks to the light weight Open Pore Natural finish. The mahogany top/back/sides body construction creates a rich, bright and balanced tonal character, while the Tortoiseshell body binding gives this guitar a true vintage vibe. The mahogany soft-V shape neck in satin finish with an Ovangkol fretboard provides playing comfort. Open gear tuners w/butterbean knobs(18:1 gear ratio) ensure accurate, stable tuning and help reduce the headstock weight, while bringing vintage vibe in its looks. A bone nut and saddle are chosen for its ability to transfer the string vibration naturally.
A Fishman Sonicore Pickup accurately translates that full sound to whatever amplification system you plug it into, while the Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp provides the extra punch of an on-board EQ, and the convenience of an easy-to-read digital tuner located on the upper bout.
Bone nut and saddle
A bone nut and saddle provide optimal transference of the natural string vibration.
Chrome Open Gear tuners with Butterbean knobs(18:1 gear ratio)
Chrome open gear tuners with butterbean knobs(18:1 gear ratio) ensure accurate, stable tuning and help reduce the headstock weight, while contributing to the vintage look.
Ibanez Advantage™ bridge pins
These pins really are an advantage over old-fashioned pins. Advantage™ pins are easier to take out and easier to put in than standard pins. A special bulb-shaped end makes the pin easy to grip and also prevents the pin from being pushed in too far. Best of all, with Advantage™, the pin and string stay put.
The modern approach to acoustic guitar tradition has long been our catchphrase for the Artwood series. Artwood Vintage steps even further back in history and borrows the best features of highly desired vintage instruments.