Ibanez AVC11 Artwood Vintage Grand Concert Acoustic, Antique Natural Semi-Gloss
The Ibanez 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."
Usual Ibanez quality and attention to detail, great sounding acoustic.
Purchased online, all queries answered online via very helpful chat service. Delivery on time and well packaged. I was less than impressed with the AVC11 out the box as the action was so high it greatly reduced the playability of the guitar. At the 12th fret the bass e was around 7/32 and E was 5/64. The nut also required adjusting. The relief however was pretty spot on. So why 4Stars? Well, the setup can be adjusted, everything else I am really quite impressed with at this price point - except the tuning machines, mine slip on the 1st and 3rd string. The neck is near perfect to my eye, the fret work is very good which allowed me to adjust the nut and saddle myself to achieve a really great setup. The herringbone purfling and cream binding look great and the quality of the craftsmanship is very impressive. Overall i’d recommend this guitar, it’s a lot of guitar for the money and I think it definitely punches above its weight at this price. Just know that you will likely need a good setup to get it where you want it to be. The tonewoods are great with the mahogany definitely projecting more mids, it’s not overly bright and not too bass responsive, sounds great both fingerpicking and strumming so I think it’s a good choice if your looking for an all rounder. I plan on swapping the tuning machines out pretty soon, doesn’t bother me too much as I purchased the guitar with the intention of installing open gear machines anyway, just a shame that they lack quality, they feel like light die cast shells, with a tuning machine upgrade this guitar will be on a whole other level.