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EW20ASE Exotic Wood Figured Ash Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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There are a lot of guitars to choose from. The Ibanez EW20ASE Exotic Wood Ash Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar is different. Singular in looks and sound because it's made from exotic figured ash. The ... Read More

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There are a lot of guitars to choose from. The Ibanez EW20ASE Exotic Wood Ash Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar is different. Singular in looks and sound because it's made from exotic figured ash. The grain patterns are striking. It's amazing to find an exotic wood guitar in this price range.

For faithful reproduction of acoustic tone, a B-Band UST pickup is paired with the Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp with onboard tuner. Tune anytime, anywhere. You'll also be ready for whatever connections are available; the EW20ASE is equipped with balanced 1/4" and XLR outputs.

Paired with the fine wood are high-end cosmetic appointments also found on guitars costing much more: an abalone rosette, Ibanez chrome die-cast tuners and a natural high-gloss finish. If you've been holding back on an acoustic guitar purchase because you haven't found the right features at the right price, your wait is over.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • EW body with cutaway
  • X bracing
  • Figured ash top, back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Width at nut: 42mm
  • Ivory body binding
  • EW original designed inlay
  • Abalone soundhole rosette
  • Ibanez chrome die-cast tuners
  • Ibanez Advantage Bridge pins
  • B-Band UST pickup
  • AEQ-SP2 preamp with onboard tuner
  • Balanced 1/4" and XLR outputs
  • Natural high-gloss finish
  • Case sold separately
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4.9

(based on 28 reviews)

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Better than many "high-end" guitars.

Ibanez EW20ASE This is a fantastic guitar. I got through setting it up to my preferences a few nights ago and haven't been able to put it away since! This thing is definately NOT...Read complete review

Ibanez EW20ASE This is a fantastic guitar. I got through setting it up to my preferences a few nights ago and haven't been able to put it away since! This thing is definately NOT a $380.00 guitar. I don't think I am overstating when I say that for the money, it plays and sounds as good as or better than a Breedlove. I was shopping for a high-end guitar when I purchased this and the main reason I chose it is that I fell in love with the tone, character and looks. I had enough money to buy a Breedlove, Martin or Taylor, but why spend 8 times as much when the guitar you really like is only $379.00? I don't care what name is on the headstock; I just care about TONE and PLAYABILITY. I took this beauty back to Guitar Center to compare with the high-end one that I ALMOST bought and there was NO remorse; I had made the right decision. Of course, as I said, I had to set it up (guitars are never really set up right unless you pay $10,000.00 for a Gibson custom). And, contradictory to some other reviews, the tuner works FINE! People: you just need to get some ear-training so you can come close to the right note before fine-tuning with the tuner. And NO it does NOT have to be plugged in to work. I have always loved Ibanez guitars (My first was an MC-500 which is a beautiful electric better than a PRS). This is my first Ibanez Acoustic, however, and this purchase reinforced my loyalty.

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Attractive looks, annoying details.

Overall very nice guitar for money. Good sound, heavy construction. Seems like the guitar will last. Nice acoustic tone. Very attractive wood, good fit and finish. Very slight roughness at fingerboard...Read complete review

Overall very nice guitar for money. Good sound, heavy construction. Seems like the guitar will last. Nice acoustic tone. Very attractive wood, good fit and finish. Very slight roughness at fingerboard edges. Can't tell you how the electric sounds since the onboard tuner/preamp failed before I had a chance to try it. My research show this to be common on the earlier models. I have to comment on the stunningly stupid front strap mount post. It is in the heel of the neck, extremely close to, but set below the level of the body. This means a decent large stiff strap will either not mount or rub hard against the body constantly. Aftermarket locks that clip on existing strap posts will not fit as there is no clearance. Buy replacement locking posts that extend out farther or tie your strap to the head.

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5.0

Better than a $2000 martin

By cameron ward

from Raleigh nc

This guitar is by far the best acoustic guitar iv ever played. i went into gc to look at a washburn wd25 with the intent to buy it. but when i saw this beauty hanging next to it i had to give it a try. its extremely bright with incredible lows. while at gc i compared it to a $2500 martin and a $4000 gibson for sound and playablility and it won hands down over both of them. combined with the built in chorus and phase reverse effects and the responsive eq. this guitar is worth FAR more than what they are charging for it in my opinion. over all a great buy you will never regret.

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5.0

A great value, great sound and sustain

By John Yauger

from Lynnwood, WA

I've been going into the local Lynnwood, WA Guitar Center at least once a month for the last year, looking for something beautiful and unique, but affordable, and every time this guitar kept coming back to the top of my list. It has amazing sustain, and the sound that comes out of it (especially the harmonics) without any amplification is simply awesome. The playability and sound is similar to some Taylor, Takemine, and Breedlove guitars that I have looked at and played, but they were between two and four times the price that I paid for this (not even factoring in that I also got it on sale, which paid for most of the cost of a Roadrunner hard-shell case). The only issue that I had with this was that the action was a little high, but the folks at the local Guitar Center adjusted the truss rod, and lowered the action (shaving a little off the bottom of the bridge saddle)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You know the girl...The one with the pretty face and voice

By Big Pat Mercado

from Cape Coral , Florida

So I hit the GC in Ft Myers FL to get a nice soft strap and cotton wrapped cord that goes good with my Acousonic II amp and two Guitars (Taylor 355 12 string and Guild Jf-30 Westerly built) you know the story, you can't go in there without checking out what is on the walls. So with no intention of buying a guitar, I start plucking the wooden boxes I think I might like to have or play to compare to what I have already. I feel like a guitar snob and gravitate to the Taylors, Gibson, Martins etc... Funny that I am a hack player but find that some examples of these "big" name guitars just don't sound or play as well as one would assume especially at the price tag. Well, there is the Ash electric cutaway gleaming under one of those tiny spotlights so what the heck, I pick it up and sit down. Huh, plays easy and the action is dang close to perfect. Lets check the harmonics, right on man! What about the upper frets, sure it's a cutaway but I bet it gets buzzy up here. Wow, clean and clear. I'm not that good of a player. Back to the basics, lets try some full chords at the deep end. Ahhh, rich and resonant like the Guild Jumbo. I'm picky though, surely the fit and finish will betray the relatively cheap price. Good binding all the around the body and neck area, finish even and smooth, pick guard, fine. Hardware all smooth and attached tight. The electronics must be low grade then. Nope,had plenty of tonal control and adjustment. Wonder what it would sound like on my Acoustasonic? I won't say what I paid because I had a coupon. An absolute steal folks. If I could build guitars there is no way I could sell em' this cheap. Only suggestion I'll throw out there is try different strings to suit your taste. I got hooked on Elixirs from my Taylor exposure so I lean toward them in a light gauge but like I suggested, experiment. I'm guessing I'm gonna have these three guitars the rest of my life. I may find another but don't see myself letting this girl go. I definitely married "Up" here.

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5.0

Amazing, Spectacular, and Beautiful!!

By Jessica

from Anaheim,CA

Theres really only one word to describe this guitar, and that's AMAZING! It really is! It plays like a dream and on top of that its freaking beautiful!! The only problem that i have found with it is that it sounds a little buzzy at the 13th fret, this is especially noticeable when plugged into an amp. Also the on board tuner isnt precisely accurate, but it gets the job done! But, all in all, its a GREAT guitar for the price!! I absolutely LOVE it!!

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3.0

Attractive looks, annoying details.

By Jim Crain

from Summerville, SC

Overall very nice guitar for money. Good sound, heavy construction. Seems like the guitar will last. Nice acoustic tone. Very attractive wood, good fit and finish. Very slight roughness at fingerboard edges. Can't tell you how the electric sounds since the onboard tuner/preamp failed before I had a chance to try it. My research show this to be common on the earlier models. I have to comment on the stunningly stupid front strap mount post. It is in the heel of the neck, extremely close to, but set below the level of the body. This means a decent large stiff strap will either not mount or rub hard against the body constantly. Aftermarket locks that clip on existing strap posts will not fit as there is no clearance. Buy replacement locking posts that extend out farther or tie your strap to the head.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The one I always seem to pick up

By Dan Davis

from Hinckley,il

I waited a bit before I wrote a review, because I wanted to give the potential buyer an accurate one.I've owned this guitar for 2 years now, and have no complaints. The finish is great, the neck is very comfortable, even with my pipefitter hands. She will feed back a touch in live conditions, but just turn up the notch filter a bit.I just put on some Diaddario exp13 strings and it sounds better than ever. I currently own 6 other guitars, you wont miss on this one.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Made by God

By Jeff Klein

from Casa Grande AZ

I have owned this guitar, or should I say it has owned me for more than a year. I went to GC to purchase a Fender Acoustic ad I am a Fender guy first and Ibanez guy second. When I saw the figured ash hanging on the wall I immediately thought that it was beautiful and way out of my price range, between $300 and $600. So I played all the other brands, Fender, Taylor, Gibson, Yamaha, etc first. It kept calling me and I kept thinking that I could not afford it. Finally I thought, what the heck, just because I play it doesn�ۡ���t mean I have to buy it, right? As I was getting it down I realized that it was unbelievably in my price range. I tuned it, as I always do, because any self-respecting guitar player tunes before he plays. (Should be a rule at GC, I'm just saying)... Once I started playing the standard acoustic open chords I was simply amazed, immediately I went into power chords then jazz chords. The on-board tuner is great, the Notch Filter controls feedback like no other, Fishman Pup is phenomenal, and EQ is exactly what it should be. What a blessing this guitar is, I had to buy it right away, and Paul at GC Tempe AZ, worked me a smokin' deal, and the rest is history. I play it no less than every day on stage and off. Only God could make this wood so beautiful and only Ibanez could make a guitar this awesome. I get compliments everywhere we play and the never-ending "Wow, what kind of Guitar is that?" Try - You'll Buy It...

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5.0

Pretty Every Way It Can Be!

By Still Playin'

from Wilton NH

This guitar sounds as good as it looks! Wonderful, mellow tone that can be played alone or with an acoustic amp. Quite a nice guitar, and you feel good playing it.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Is a Terrific Instrument

By Fred

from Florida

I bought this guitar at the Guitar Center near Plano, TX while on a business trip two months ago. I was killing time after the work day, just wanting to strum a bit while I was away from home. I played a half dozen Martins, a couple of Fenders and a couple of Epiphones, but nothing compared to this gorgrous Ibanez. I first picked it up because it was striking to look at, but kept coming back to it because it was a better player than anything else I picked up. After 90 minutes of messing around, I HAD to buy THIS guitar! That has never happened to me before. I didn't want one like it, or the same model at a store closer to home in Florida. I wanted THIS guitar. The guys at the store were great and even shipped it back home for me. After 2 months, I can't put it down and rarely play my Fender acoustic anymore. The onboard electronics are excellent. The neck is wonderfully fast and the guys I play with love it too. At $400, this is the best guitar value I have ever seen. If you buy one, you won't be disappointed.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ibanez EW20ASENT

By KCW

from Wellington, Florida

The look, feel, playability of this guitar are a 5 star. I use Elixir lights on it and they behave well. It does sound decent amplified. It's no Taylor Expression System but does well to hold its own in that department. I like the fact that there is an XLR jack to plug into to bring the signal down to low impedance mic level. I played this once in a guitar store and fell in love with it. Had not planned on buying another guitar but this one was just a really nice guitar for the price. You would expect to pay more. Everyone will comment on how beautiful this guitar looks. The tuner is really nice and will get you close to perfect tuning. A little tweak might be necessary. Good intonation and action. Great sound unplugged. I give it a 4 because after about 2 years, I had to replace the jack. $20 to replace myself was not that much but it could not be repaired in any way. Works great after the repair. Have gigged with it, played it at church and my daughter also uses it to gig as well. The most used guitar in my collection. I give it a thumbs up. Keep the volume on it all the way up when playing over a PA or amp.

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