Ibanez AW54 6 String Acoustic Guitar
Gearank High Notes
- September 2020: Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar from $200 to $300
The AW54 is also known as the AW54OPN or AW54 Open Pore Natural.
This is part of the Artwood series which Ibanez says is their "modern approach to acoustic guitar tradition" and it has an all Mahogany body including a solid Mahogany top.
Back in November 2016 we announced that this was the highest rated acoustic guitar under $200 with a street price of $199.99, and I can now confirm that as of January 2018 it remains the highest rated acoustic guitar under $200!
- Body Shape: Dreadnought
- Top: Solid Okoume
- Body: Okoume back & sides
- Finish: Open Pore
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Not specified
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 15.748" (400 mm)
- Number of Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 25.62"
- Nut Width: 1.69"
Customer reviews consistently talked about how great the sound was - crisp and clear - and its excellent playability considering the relatively low price. Many also said they were impressed by its volume and compared it with more expensive dreadnoughts in this regard. Several reviewers also said that this has one of the most comfortable necks to play with that they had experienced in this price range.
There were no consistently reported negatives about the AW54, in fact at the time of publication we couldn't find a single verified customer who had rated it less than 4 out of 5 stars.
If your budget is $200 for a new acoustic guitar, then based on all the data we collected and the recommendations I read, this is the one to get.