Ibanez Acoustic Guitar: Artwood Series AW3000WC
by Guitar Guru
”Classy Dreadnought for an Affordable Price”
The Ibanez Artwood Series AW3000WC Acoustic guitar is one of Ibanez’s best made pure acoustics. With a warmly rounded resonance that you can feel in your fingers and an inner beauty that relies on the inner beauty of the woods and an attention to detailed styling, the AW3000WC is truly a work of art.
While guitar reviews tend to focus on the names of a guitar; names such as Gibson and Martin, there are some guitars from other, less expensive manufacturers that should also be given due consideration, and the Ibanez AW3000WC is one of those.
Built on a dreadnought body, the AW3000WC has all the depth of tone and richness of sound that you have come to expect from a dreadnought. It’s deep body and broad shoulders combined with a solid Engelmann spruce top
and mahogany back and sides give the AW3000WC a unique sound for an Ibanez; one that is full and strong and fun to play.
But it isn’t just the sound of the AW3000WC that captures your attention; its appearance also catches your eye. The neat rosewood body bindings give it a smooth, finished appearance, and a luster to the wood that gives it a richly warm look that looks great on-stage or on your wall.
While the AW3000WC may sound great, getting it to sound good is the real issue. Unless you have larger hands or longer fingers, the breadth of the neck and its angle to the guitar body can actually be hard on smaller hands. Having the neck reset can fix this problem, but the $600 cure costs more than the initial ~$499 (soft case included with purchase)
of the AW3000WC itself.
However, for the price, the AW3000WC is a great value for a pure acoustic guitar, and if you can get around the neck issues, you will find yourself with a real gem that is a pleasure to play.
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