Ibanez AW54CEOPN 6 String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
While generally associated with rock and metal, Ibanez has always had a great lineup of acoustic instruments.
A notable line produced by Ibanez is the Artwood series, which has combined old world craftsmanship with modern manufacturing to create some pretty solid entry-level guitars; a great example of which is the AW54CEOPN.
While it is an acoustic-electric guitar, the main focus of its design was its acoustic tone. The guitar utilizes an open pore finish, which is intended to allow the guitar to resonate more freely by minimizing the amount of finish applied to it. It’s hard to say how effective this is in practice due to the guitar’s laminated back in sides, though there doesn’t seem to be any widespread complaints about the guitar’s tone.
The Ibanez AW54CEOPN sports an active Fishman preamp and pickup system, which performs admirably for a guitar in this price tier. It’s not mind blowing by any means, but it’s definitely serviceable for small gigs and open mics. The pickup sports controls for bass, treble, and volume as well as a tuner.
- Body Shape: Dreadnought with Cutaway
- Top: Solid Mahogany
- Body: Laminated Mahogany
- Finish: Natural Open Pore
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Not Specified
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 400 mm
- Number of Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 25.62"
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Electronics: Ibanez AEQ-SP2
As expected from a guitar made by Ibanez, playability gets a lot of positive attention. Many are impressed with the feel of the neck and fingerboard, and some are more than satisfied with its out-of-the-box setup and string action. The AW54CEOPN's tone also gets a lot of thumbs up, along with the overall build quality of the guitar.
There are a few who gave lower ratings because they had to adjust the string action lower. The unplugged sound of this guitar emphasizes the bass - which can be good or bad depending on your taste, and this is reflected on some of the reviews.
If you're looking for a fun to play acoustic-electric guitar with a warmer tonality, the Ibanez AW54CEOPN is highly recommended.
Although this is a very highly regarded guitar, there are more highly rated options available which you'll find in our guide to The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $500.