Ibanez AW25
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Ibanez AW25

AW25, 12 String Guitar from Ibanez in the Artwood series.

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gretschdude86 04/20/2009

Ibanez AW25 : gretschdude86's user review

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This is a Japan-made, no electronics full acoustic 12-string dreadnought. Standard plastic bridge with string pins, 20 frets, fully bounded body, patterned pickguard, and a subtle soundhole rosette. Unsure of what type of wood the body was made of, but the label states its "hardwoods crafted in Japan". Fretboard is rosewood with pearloid dot inlays. Tuning heads are chrome plated steel, which can be removed from the gearbox via a threaded collar.

UTILIZATION

My father bought this guitar used in 1982 for $200. Aside from a couple forums there isnt much online info for this forgotten gem. The playability is comparable to a Martin, as the wider fretboard allows more spacious finger movement, and the body produces a full bodied tone.

SOUNDS

Sounds clear with crisp highs and ringing lows, all in all a very sonically balanced 12-string.

OVERALL OPINION

I grew up listening my father play this guitar, always brought fun to the house. He's received offers by professional guitar repairmen, so that gives you an idea on the appeal of this guitar. This is a forgotten model that showed how Ibanez was in the early 80s. For being a pacific-made guitar, it sounds better than some acoustics that go for $1,000-3,000.