Ibanez AW54 6-String Acoustic Guitar
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The AW54 appeared on our recommended list for Acoustic Guitars Under $200 when we published the first edition back in November 2016.
It remained on that list until September 2019 when a price increase resulted in it moving to our Acoustic Guitars Under $300 recommendations, where the only guitar to out-rank it at the time was the Ibanez AC240.
It is also on our recommended list for Beginner Acoustic Guitars where it has been since August 2019.
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". It originally had an all Mahogany body including a solid Mahogany top, but Ibanez later changed the wood used to help keep the cost down..
The tonewood it now uses is Okoume, which is a lighter and more readily available wood compared to Mahogany. But it does have a similar “warm” tone, with stronger representation of low-end and low-mid frequencies.
This tonewood and body shape configuration is very well suited to blues, country and finger style playing.
- 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"