If there was a way to create a guitar that sounds as amazing as any high priced guitar but cost very little Ibanez has sure found it. Ibanez AW54OPN Artwood Solid Top Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Open Pore Natural has got it all: astounding sounds, beautiful look, amazing hardware and solid build. What it lacks is a couple of hundred dollars in price because this model is criminally under-priced and you should definitely get a hold of it before Ibanez realize what they have created and what a huge mistake they made for not pricing it higher.
This 6-string acoustic guitar provides harmonious combination of the old and the new, traditional and modern in sound, looks and construction. All Mahogany Dreadnought and open pore natural build with rosewood fretboard is not only great looking but also provides warm and rich tone. Now let’s try to go a little bit more into details. Ibanez AW54OPN is dreadnought body shape and has beautiful solid mahogany top accompanied with mahogany neck, back, and sides. The fingerboard is made of rosewood fingerboard and the open pore creates a beautiful look on the guitar. Despite its specifications and size this model is really lightweight and comfortable. Let’s talk a little bit about the neck of this guitar, I think it makes this guitar the most comfortable in its range because of how thin and flat it is. The satin finish on this model makes you playing it easier. If you are practicing for long periods of time or are in a hot space your fingers will sweat and satin makes it a lot more comfortable and less abrasive on your fingers.
This model features chrome die-cast tuners and Advantage bridge pins. This pins are quite different from the old style ones. Their form makes it easier for you to take them out and restring your guitar (or whatever you are doing). But the fact that they come off easier does not mean you have to worry about them slipping out while you are playing because the shape makes them very sturdy so that they can stay put. The original guitar comes with D’Addario EXP strings which are quite good sounding and durable. With most guitars you would want to change the strings right away because they are rarely up to par but Ibanez delivers on this too and provides strings that you can comfortably use for a while.
The construction of this model gives it a rich, warm sound that resonated well without giving off any buzz. It stays in tune and projects really well. The neck is very thin so it’s really easy to play. With good action and harmonious sound you would expect that this guitar was somewhere in the $500 range. You will not find anything that sounds as good and costs as little as this.
A guitar that is a result of great workmanship has warm and loud sound and is delight to play. This is not something you should miss out if you are looking for a good quality guitar that does not compromise the sound for cost. It is equally loved and appreciated by professional players who have years of experience with different guitars as well as beginners who have been lucky enough to pick up Ibanez AW54OPN Artwood as their first acoustic guitar.