The “modern approach to acoustic guitar tradition” has long been our
catchphrase for the Artwood series. Artwood Vintage steps even further back in history and borrows the best features of highly desired vintage instruments. The Artwood Vintage series now showcases another vintage element by applying an “aging” process to the tonewood —“ Thermo Aged™ “tone wood, made by a special drying process at a high temperature which is commonly known as “baking” or “torrefaction”. Only specially selected and seasoned tone wood can be cured to Thermo Aged™ wood. The wood is heated in a vacuum with a specific recipe for each kind of the wood in order to release water and decompose resin contained within the wood.
As a result, Thermo Aged™ tone wood becomes light, hard and stable like tone wood dried for decades, while providing amazing response and a louder sound. The tone character includes a full-bodied low-end and a great smooth sustain in the treble strings which are common features of vintage guitars. The AVD11CE-ANS features the Thermo Aged™ Solid Caucasian Spruce Top which delivers a vintage-feeling, dry sound. A semi-gloss antique finish offers even more of a classic appearance. The AVD11CE-ANS features the Thermo Aged™ Solid Caucasian Spruce Top which delivers a vintage-feeling, dry sound. A semi-gloss Antique finish offers even more of a classic appearance.
The AVD11CE-ANS combines Okoume back and sides and Thermo Aged™ Spruce X bracing to offer a wide-open, resonant sound with vivid tone projection. The soft-V shape neck in satin finish provides greater playing comfort. A Fishman® Sonicore pickup accurately translates the full sound to whatever amplification system you plug in into. The Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp provides the extra punch of an on-board EQ and the convenience of an easy-to-read built-in tuner locate on the upper bout. An unbleached bone nut and saddle were chosen for their ability to transfer string vibration naturally.