The cutaway dreadnought body shape of the AW80CE, and solid Sitka Spruce top offers full-bodied, well-rounded bigger-that-expected sonic response. The guitar’s solid Sitka spruce top with Okoume back and sides, breathe freely thanks to a special open pore finish treatment, giving it a full, rich, open sound. ”Thermo Aged” tone wood, made by a special drying process is used for bridge and bridge plate for amazing response. An Ibanez undersaddle Pickup accurately translates that full sound to whatever amplification system you plug it into, while the Ibanez AEQ-TP2 preamp provides the extra punch of on-board EQ, and the convenience of an easy-to-read digital tuner located on the upper bout. The bone nut and saddle were chosen for its ability to transfer string vibration naturally. Ibanez Chrome open gear tuners ensure smooth and stable tuning.
The Artwood series is the embodiment of what might be called the Ibanez “modern approach to tradition.” Cutting edge woodworking technology enables the guitar maker’s luthiers to reproduce the sophisticated bracing techniques of one-of-a-kind instruments of yesteryear.
While tradition is obviously the hallmark of the Artwood series, the company’s decades-long search for the ultimate in acoustic tone has contributed to design alterations that give Artwood a voice all its own.