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The Artwood series was crafted to produce a traditional as well as a modern guitar. Technology moves forward at a frantic pace and the world of guitar craftsmanship is no different. In producing the AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar, Ibanez respected the rich tradition of the acoustic guitar while adding modern interpretations in their continuing search for the ultimate in guitar tone.

This is a descendent of the old orchestral acoustic guitars, instruments designed to be audible over large instrumental ensembles in the days before amplification.

The Grand Concert body is made with a wider, 44.5mm neck and shorter 24.9" scale length, to make this ideal for fingerpicking. You'll get a strong, warm tone from the solid mahogany top and mahogany back and sides, complemented by the warm tone of the mahogany neck, rosewood bridge and fretboard. It features a neck shape that provides an easy grip, while chrome Grover Tuners give you better tuning stability, and bone nut and saddle offer enhanced overtones. Other refinements include a headstock where tradition and modern style co-exist.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Body Shape: Grand Concert Body
  • Neck: Mahogany Neck, dovetail neck joint
  • Back/Sides: Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Top: Solid Mahogony Top
  • Rosette: Abalone Rosette
  • Tuners: Chrome Grover Tuners
  • Fretboard: Rosewood Bridge and Fretboard
  • Saddle: Bone Nut and Saddle
  • BridgePins: Advantage Bridge Pins
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP Strings
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
    • Body Style: Grand Concert
    • Width: 14.75" - 15"
    • Depth: 4" - 4.5"
    • Length: 18.5" - 19.25"
    • Scale/Length: 634mm
    • Width at Nut: 44.5mm
    • Width at Joint: 57mm
    • Thickness 1st Fret: 22mm
    • Thickness 7th Fret: 24mm
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IbanezAC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Stays in tune (10)
  • Consistent (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best in this price range.

By Jeremy Deats

from Houston, TX

Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

I had a Martin OOO-15 Solid Mahogany back, sides and top. I loved that guitar, but had to get rid of it. When the time came that I could purchase it again I decided to (just for kicks) see what was available with a mahogany top in the sub $500 price range. This guitar was the only one I could find, with a few reservations I did end up buying this guitar and I do love it. To compare it to the $1200 OOO-15, I can tell you there are two primary differences: 1. My OOO Mahogany top Martin just had better resonance, it had that "Martin ring". AC240 does resonate well (and better I might add, than the sub $500 High Pressure Laminate back and side guitar C.F. Martin sells). It's built of quality components. Bone nut, grover tuners, etc.. It feels comfortable to hold and finger style playing just rings on this guitar. the negative is that it's a bit rough around the edges. Although built of quality components it feels a bit more like a mass produced product than even the sub $500 Martins do, but that "feel" is open to subjectivity. I know others disagree with me. After spending some time with it I love my AC240. It feels and sounds similar to my lost OOO-15, but the Ibanez Artwood fretboard works better for my big hands and fingers. If someone offered me a OOO-15 now and said I'd have to give my AC240 for trade, I do the trade, sell the OOO-15, buy another AC240 and sell pocket the rest of the cash. Fantastic job on Ibanez part on the Artwood series. These really haven't gotten the press they deserve. Wish strongly it came with a hardshell case, it deserves one.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing quality, looks and playability

By Christopher Fisher

from Newport Beach CA

Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

I went to the Guitar Center in Garden Grove the other day to look at acoustics. I just bought a 1964 Gibson J 45 and returned it due to damage, so I thought maybe I'd find a replacement. I looked around a bit and I played the newer Gibsons, The Martins and a few other misc. guitars in the back room. The price range was $1,500 to $3,000 and none really blew me away. I was looking for resonance, and a lower and easy to play action. So, I walked out to the front guitar room and saw a couple Ibanez's. I've owned Ibanez for over 20 years, all electric RG's and PGM's and 24 fret models so I may have a bias towards them. Anyway, I thought the Artwoods looked cool so I tried a couple. I asked for the Satriani model as I thought maybe I'd buy that one...none in stock. The sales guy mentioned the AC240 hanging way up high and got on a ladder and pulled her down. She looks small, but the dark finish is quite unique. Instantly, it was the best guitar I played all day. I could not believe it said $299 on it after playing effortlessly on it for a minute or maybe two. I figured it was mis-labled in price so I had better take advantage of it now! I asked the salesman if he had a case and he looked at me kinda oddly and then realized I was buying it and said "Awesome!" and returned moments later with a hardshell case. This is the finest acoustic guitar I've owned and I gotta tell you if it were $1,000 I would have bought it.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value, Great Tone, Worth Trying!

By Gerard

from Biddeford Maine

Site Member

Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

There are plenty of other reviews on the Ibanez AC240 and and most will say what I'm about to repeat....wonderful acoustic for the dollar. I give it 5 stars for what it is. It is NOT a high end Martin, Taylor, Breedlove, etc....but for $300, this solid top mahogany guitar delivers playability and tone. I tried Yamaha FS700 and 720, same smaller size bodies, and while nice (solid spruce top and a little less expensive) they didn't come close to the "woody" tone from the Ibanez. I admit I thought of Ibanez as an electric guitar powerhouse, and didn't think their acoustics would do anything for me. I was wrong. I LOVE the look of the darker non-gloss wood on this thing....gorgeous! Grover tuners, bone nut and saddle, very comfortable size body and neck and I can feel the chord as I strum it....without all that finish on the top, the wood seems to come alive to me. I won a nice Seagull mini jumbo entourage, a Recording King dread, and had a Big Baby Taylor. While I love the Seagull with it's cedar top, the Ibanez just has a different sound giving me to completely different anaimals! I remommend this guitar....try one out, the chords and notes are punchy, a little compressed and the sustain is excellent. I'm gonna go play mine right now....

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bone Saddle with Two Plastic Shims Underneath

By Greg Neugebauer

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

First off, despite the negative tone of my title, I second all the praises by folks who gave this guitar five stars. My thing is finger picking, and I wanted an inexpensive Martin style, OOO-size guitar. I also wanted a guitar, which unlike a Martin, I could travel with, play in dubious environments, not worry about changes in humidity, and not spend $$$$. I was about to buy a nice $200 guitar when I spotted this one. For the extra $100, I was immediately hooked. Unlike nearly all guitars at this price, it has Grover tuners, all mahogany construction, and a bone nut and saddle. It was a no-brainer. I would call this guitar is a cross between a Martin OOO-15 and OOO-18. The neck is not as chunky as the 15, but not as low profile as the 18. The body is practically identical. One nice feature about this guitar is that the neck's width at the nut is 1/16" wider than a Martin. Many folks consider this better for finger picking. I've never had a guitar with a neck this wide; 44.5mm (compared to Martin's 42.9mm). The wider neck is certainly not without its charm. I found that the action on my guitar a little high. When I went to shave the saddle down, I found not one, but two plastic shims underneath! Come on guys. That's not the way to shim a saddle, especially a quality bone saddle. I wasn't too upset, however, because it spared me the hassle of filing, and potentially ruining, the saddle. I fussed around with the shims and finally decided to leave one in for reasons discussed below. Moving on to the truss rod adjustment, I found that the neck's relief was a sky high 0.020." I lowered it to a touch above 0.010." BTW, I used a 4mm Allen wrench. That seemed to work best, but I can't guarantee that's the correct size. Ibanez appears to consider proper wrench size a trade secret. Using any neck relief below 0.010", I got a touch of fret buzz at the lower frets. I experimented with truss adjustments and finally decided to leave it about 0.010." I re-installed a single shim under the bridge, and all fret buzz vanished. I'll probably spend more time on this after my guitar gets broken in. It's no big deal. The Ibanez literature calls this guitar "ideal for finger picking." I agree 100%. If you're new to finger picking, you couldn't find a better guitar anywhere near this price. It's certainly playable right out of the box. However, once the guitar is played, broken in, and gets adjusted to the environment, a few extra dollars spent on setup will turn this instrument into a real gem and a permanent keeper.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for Acoustic Blues fingerpicking

By Lowell

from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Site Member

Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

I had an old Alvarez that was pretty badly damaged, and desperately needed something decent to play... I went into the Cedar Rapids, IA store to play some acoustics. I literally played every small-bodied guitar under $1000. Taylor GS Mini (Great)Yamaha (very good) to Epiphone (not so good).Out of all of them, the one that stood out in looks, sweet tone when picked AND good string spacing for my big fingers was this wonderful Ibanez. Important note: The ONLY hard case in the GC inventory that fits this thing is a Roadrunner RRDWC Classic.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Guitar for the Money

By shawn kelly

from Brooklyn, NYC

Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

Just picked this up recently at the Manhattan NYC G.C. and bonded with it right away. I had been looking for my first acoustic for several months. Been playing strictly Fender Strats and Teles until now. I probably played 100 non electric/acoustic guitars under $400. Finally I found one that spoke to me for whatever reason, sounds great, relatively small size and was very comfortable and playable overall. The Mahogany has a nice feel. While I'm not going to tell you that this blows away the Martins, Gibsons, and Taylors, I think it is a good value for the money (especially with the G.C. coupon) and should only get better with time. I will say that not all of these guitars are created equal, I played several of these as well as the natural AC300s - some were great some were so-so. I always recommend trying to play as many as possible of any guitar you are considering, then take that particular guitar home that speaks to you.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth every penny.

By Rob Ercoli

from Torrington CT

Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

This is the second time I bought this guitar. I realized after trading in the first one that it was a mistake. So I got another one. The first one I had was when it was brand new (2010 or '11, I think). My new one is definitely brand new. A couple of differences: the old one was made in Indonesia, the new one in China. And the new one has a "tapered neck," which gradually gets wider as you go up the neck toward the body. I think this is a nice feature. It takes a while to get use to but it allows for great string spacing for finger picking. The action was a bit high due to a high saddle but after shaving it down it was great. The truss rod needed a tweak too (not even 1/4 turn) but that's life. I installed Tusq bridge pins, just because I happened to have an extra set lying around the house. Overall this little guitar is big value for it's price tag. Clean construction, great sound, nice features. Maybe add to the price tag and throw in gig bag. You really cannot go wrong with this guitar for the price. But get a good case for it because it's really worth its weight in gold! Nice abalone rosette, headstock logo, Grover tuners, and bone nut and saddle that you would ordinarily find on a much more expensive guitar. I like the "low maintenance" satin finish and back of the neck. The smaller body is nice, not as bulky and more comfortable than a dreadnought, especially after prolonged practice/playing times. Good size for smaller-built people and kids. The fit and finish of the Ibanez AC240 is beautiful. The inside of the box is clean and neat, no glue spots or loose braces, kerfing, etc. Very light weight but big sound. Looks and plays like models twice or thrice it's price range!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Surprised

By Gary

from Sugar Land, TX

Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

Went to the local GC store to buy an steel string acoustic -considering the Martin 000-15 or Taylor 300 series. The salesman (I've purchased somewhere around 4 guitars from this guy) handed me the Ibanez AC240opn and claimed that this is his personal favorite. After having played the others - at first I was skeptical about the overall quality because of the price. However, after playing a few bars that was it - feel in love with the mahogany look and the balanced tone. Excellent finger picking guitar for me. So I purchased it, took it home and haven't stopped playing it since. For the price, or even several times the price, it would be hard to find a similar guitar any better. One word of caution - mahogany is a somewhat soft wood and there is no heavy finish on this guitar so it will dent easily. Finally, didn't give it 5 stars because that would be near perfect and having been playing guitars for 45 or so years - I've not found a near perfect guitar so far.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this Guitar!

By SS

from Portland, OR

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound
  • Set up well
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Getting lost in the music.
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

    Was looking playing every small body OM or 000 in the store and started with the Martins, Taylors, Breedloves and did not find anything that bit me. I went on to the Yamaha, Seagulls and so on. On a fluke, I grabbed this guitar. I owned an Ibanez Saber back when they first came out and loved it, but never associated Ibanez with acoustics. I was like magic when I played this. I had to have it. I have never been this smitten by a guitar before and I have owned a few, maybe more than a few. The only guitar I liked better was the Martin John Mayer OM I played a few years back but $3,500 was not in the budget at the time.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I Love This Guitar!

    By JOHN HARDIN

    from Boston MA

    Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

    I am an electric guitar player looking for an acoustic to broaden my experience and have some fun with. I play blues and really did not like the numerous dreadnoughts I tried. Eventually I found parlor, grand concert, and Takamine NEX body guitars and decided this was better suited to me. I was just about sold on a Seagull Entourage or a Takamine 406 NEX when I tried a friends old Martin Mahogany top Grand Concert. I loved it, but way out of my price range. I was in Guitar Center trying guitars and picked up the Ibanez AC240. I loved the feel of the neck, the rough finish of the body and top, the action, the sound, and I knew this was the guitar for me. A great blues acoustic guitar for people used to electric. Great sustain, clear middle tones, bends, hammer ons, and other blues techniques are a breeze. Feels so much like my semihollow. I love the rustic look of this guitar as well, it looks like a guitar you could imagine Robert Johnson playing. Great tuners, bone nut and saddle, solid mahogany top, great action, no buzzing, all for this price. Wow is all I can say.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Killer Sound for the price

    By Terry

    from Knoxville Tennessee

    Site Member

    Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought the AC240 at Guitar Center over a year ago. I had been looking at budget guitars for 2 months and nothing really impressed. I ignored the AC240 hanging on the wall just because it said Ibanez and any Ibanez acoustic I played in years past sounded like a cheap guitar (I have owned an Ibanez electric for years and love it). Well the 240 went on sale so I tried it, it went home with me that day and has been my main guitar since. I have a Fender JG26SCE and a Martin HD-28LSV and they both sit collecting dust; no kidding. I will tell you the fret work on the Ibanez wasn't great, I had to take the sharp edges off the fret ends just so I could slide up and down the neck without hurting myself. I bought the guitar because I loved the sound and knew I could fix the frets. In addition to a fret job I put Buffalo Horn Bridge Pins in it - yes it made a difference, has even more sustain and clarity and it was good to begin with. If you want a Martin 000-15M but don't have the bucks to get it, try the Ibanez. Yes the Martin has a more balanced tone but the Ibanez has SOUL; it speaks to ya.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Value, Great Tone, Worth Trying!

    By Gerard

    from Biddeford Maine

    Site Member

    Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

    There are plenty of other reviews on the Ibanez AC240 and and most will say what I'm about to repeat....wonderful acoustic for the dollar. I give it 5 stars for what it is. It is NOT a high end Martin, Taylor, Breedlove, etc....but for $300, this solid top mahogany guitar delivers playability and tone. I tried Yamaha FS700 and 720, same smaller size bodies, and while nice (solid spruce top and a little less expensive) they didn't come close to the ""woody"" tone from the Ibanez. I admit I thought of Ibanez as an electric guitar powerhouse, and didn't think their acoustics would do anything for me. I was wrong. I LOVE the look of the darker non-gloss wood on this thing....gorgeous! Grover tuners, bone nut and saddle, very comfortable size body and neck and I can feel the chord as I strum it....without all that finish on the top, the wood seems to come alive to me. I won a nice Seagull mini jumbo entourage, a Recording King dread, and had a Big Baby Taylor. While I love the Seagull with it's cedar top, the Ibanez just has a different sound giving me to completely different anaimals! I remommend this guitar....try one out, the chords and notes are punchy, a little compressed and the sustain is excellent. I'm gonna go play mine right now....

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Spent two hrs playing different guitars,this won

    By Bhop

    from Charlotte NC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

      I wanted a Mahogany acoustic. I had a budget of $4-500. So I took to my local GC and played everything they had,literally. I had narrowed it down to the Ibanez and the Tim Armstrong Hellcat but for me the tone and playability was just better with the Ibanez. It just felt better in my hands. Kinda wish it had a preamp in it but that's not a real deal breaker for me. This is a great guitar period,not just for the money. Setup was perfect for my liking,fit and finish are excellent.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Guitar is real good!

      By Kevin

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune
      • Very Comfortable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

        Bought this guitar a couple years back. Projects very well, full sounding chords, very low priced. Would definitely get it again. Always recommend it to people looking to buy a guitar. All my friends who play love it. My only regret is that I didn't buy the acoustic electric. Guitar is really good to practice on and mess around jamming with your buddy's. If you want a good "campfire" guitar buy this.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Absolute best bang for the buck

        By GREGGINS!

        from Reading, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • All Six Tune Knobs Came Loose

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

        This is my go-to guitar. It takes bumps and bruises, my dog knocked it over, it made a ride home in 10 degree weather from Buffalo NY in February in the bed of a utility truck with no warping or bridge issues. Open pour Mahogany give it beautiful tone for a Concert body. No it is not a Martin 000-15M... but all those "zeros" are in the price of the martin as well.
        Kudos Ibanez.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Guitar! Dont let the Brand fool you!

        By Forte

        from East Coast

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

          All I can say is this guitar will surprise you. Go to a GC and pick this up. Great action and the sound is amazing! I was looking at lower end Martin's 000 and OXA. The sound of this Ibanez blew those two guitar's away. I even picked up A Taylor, Breedlove, Seagull. I did like the Seagull Rustic Acoustic as well. But for the money this Ibanez has big money sound for a small price tag. Try one and you will see.

           
          5.0

          Inanez ac240 extreamly happy

          By Johnny willett

          from Villa park IL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

              I chose the ac240 to get the mahagony wood and a bone nut with Grover tuners. It played well against the other expensive guitars. So I got it at the bargain price. Now I have other guitars with good tone. however, The difference with the ac240 is that it projects its sound so well. So I am constantly playing it. If I am running through a PA system I will use my other guitars because sound projection is not an issue then.

               
              5.0

              My Favorite

              By Terry Elrod

              from Cary, NC

              About Me Experienced

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

                  This is my favorite guitar, in spite of myself. I have been buying small body (parlor or double O) 12 fret guitars lately and they feel most comfortable to me. I thought I would return this guitar - it is a 14 fret triple O and I bought it from GC because I loved the way it looked and it's tone and wanted to try it. It has a rich sound that is brighter than I expected, that I really enjoy. It is the most beautiful (to me) guitar I have owned and I have owned lots of them. I like the dark, rich mahogany color and natural look that I think Ibanez calls Open Pore Natural (OPN). It isn't covered over with lots of lacquer or polyurethane so you can see and feel the grain. The neck is 44.5 mm or 1.75 inches which I find very comfortable. Also the neck doesn't have any roughness to it that slows you down when you are sliding up the neck (that is something I experienced on some other guitars). Unlike some other guitars I own that are also reasonably priced, the AC240 has Grover tuners and it stays in tune. In my opinion, and I know these things are very subjective, this is the best bargain I have had in purchasing a guitar. I think you owe it to yourself to try one. PS - I have no vested interest in GC or Ibanez.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Tone All Mahogany Affordable Ibanez

                  By Dave Monty

                  from Cherry Hill, NJ

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

                    This is a great Blues guitar. It's somewhat shorter in scale, but not so much that it feels like a kid's guitar. The workmanship for the price was impeccable. Great for fingerstyle & strumming the Blues without breaking the bank. I even tried a much more expensive Martin while in store, and I picked this guitar over the Martin. Ibanez is putting out some great guitars lately.

                     
                    5.0

                    Martin Killer - No kidding!

                    By Terry

                    from Knoxville, Tennessee

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Awesome Bang-for-your-Buck value
                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues
                      • Worship Band

                      Comments about Ibanez AC240 Artwood Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar:

                      I am writing this review because I am faced with a dilemma, I have a gig backing up a group of 10 singers and I can't decide whether to use my Marin HD28 or my Ibanez AC240, the Ibanez actually does better keeping up with that many voices because it out performs the Martin - I kid you not. Do I go with Prestige and Name (this could be televised) or flat out sound?
                      I commented 1 1/2 yrs ago on this guitar but it has opened up so much in the last year I had to comment again. In my last review I mentioned I own a Martin HD28LSV, and a Fender JG26SCE, I also now own a Martin 00-15 Retro (very sweet guitar).
                      In the past the Martin HD28 was king for big, big sound; guess what, it's lost that status. The Ibanez kills it. I would call anyone a little touched in the head if they told me this but I have both guitars so I cannot deny it. The Martin does have more deep bottom end but Not Much and the Ibanez is noticeably louder, cuts through better, and has a more balanced tone (no scooped mids). Here's the disclaimer, the Ibanez is not stock but it's close. This summer I pulled the factory bone saddle and installed a Tusq saddle. I have always used Martin SP Phosphor Bronze strings (Lights) almost since the day I bought it because they sound so much better. THAT'S IT. A Tusq saddle, strings, and a lot of playing.
                      Get Rid of the D'Addario strings, put Martin's on it with a Tusq saddle and play it like crazy. You Will Be Amazed when it starts to open up - mine started to open up after 6 months, I've had my AC240 for 2 1/2 years now and it just keeps getting better and better.
                      This guitar is one of Ibanez' best keep secrets
                      Get a Tusq saddle - more bottom end and balanced sound and sparkling harmonics.
                      My 00-15 has Tusq from and it blew me away. The Tusq Saddle also helped wake up my Fender in a big way.

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