A Smorgasbord of Wood


   Here at Dural Music Centre we pride ourselves on looking our best (well, some of us at least) so you`re probably accustomed to looking at beautiful things whilst perusing our shop. One item you may not have seen yet is the new Ibanez AEW51, and my word, she`s a beauty.




The first thing you will notice is that it`s really, really, really ridiculously good looking. The exotic wood acoustic guitars from Ibanez are so nice to look at, but this one just takes the cake.


Through the use of different woods the guitar really does give off a unique tone. The top is made with spruce which easily articulates the sounds and tones, especially while fingerpicking. Rosewood, spalted maple and walnut make up the body and bindings to create a fantastic warm tone. Along with its unique headstock inlay, Ibanez have given this guitar an easily recognizable and unmistakeable look. If you want to turn heads, this will definitely help.




 The AEW51 comes with some top shelf electronics. It has an AEQ-SP2 preamp with independent bass, treble and volume knobs and an on-board chromatic tuner; an invaluable tool for keeping in tune on stage while also opening up different tuning options in your practice sessions. Paired with the Fishman Sonicore pickup, Ibanez have made a fantastic sounding acoustic guitar. Along with the thin body, it`s comfortable to play and amplifies well without any feedback which is something to consider if you are in the market for a semi-acoustic guitar.



What I like about the AEW51 is that it does not have that conventional acoustic look. The pinched waist and soft Florentine cutaway are not only visually appealing, they also serve a purpose. The pinched waist makes it easier and more comfortable to hold and play, allowing you to easily reach over its body. The Florentine cutaway makes playing and reaching the higher frets a breeze, plus it looks a lot fancier than the traditional cutaway.





I could go on and on about this guitar, but you'll just have to pop in and visit us at Dural Music Centre to find out for yourself.