The Advanced Acoustic series represents an important step forward in the long and storied tradition of the acoustic guitar. In what amounts to a fully reimagined acoustic experience, these instruments were designed from the ground up to deliver a richer, brighter, and louder tone, with an unprecedentedly wide dynamic range. With slightly larger than typical proportions, we decided to name this new body shape the Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œGrand Dreadnought. This reinvented design achieves a superb, powerful sound, and thanks to the extensive consideration given to the ergonomics, its extremely comfortable to play. The Advanced Acoustic series pushes the acoustic guitar to new heights, in a way that promises an exciting new experience for all players.
Low Oval Grip Thermo Aged Nyatoh neck with Rounded Fretboard Edge
The Low Oval neck grip is designed for easy chord strumming and the Rounded Fretboard Edges provides superior playability. Thermo Aged, a special drying process, makes the neck light and hard and provides stability and better resonance.
Macassar Ebony fretboard
Macassar Ebony produces tight lows and mid range along with strong attack in the highs and quick response with rich sustain.
Solid Sitka Spruce top
Solid Sitka Spruce top provides an enormous frequency range that offers wave after wave of shimmering highs along with tight mids and a full-bodied low end.
Okoume back and sides
The Okoume back and sides generate a woody, warm tone when the guitar is played softly or finger-picked and provide punchy high-mids with a clear projection when strummed.
Ibanez AP11 Magnetic / Contact pickups
The AP11 pickup is small, lightweight and positioned so it wont inhibit the natural vibrations of the top wood. The pickup generates a highly responsive sound with minimal feedback throughout the entire frequency range. The sound is transparent and reflects the guitars natural acoustic tone while preserving presence and mid-range. The AP11 also works well with effects such as reverb, chorus and many others. The Contact pickup consists of three transducers facilitating organic individual note clarity and naturally reproduces percussive body tapping techniques. This pickup also adds an airy depth of tone and brightness to the amplified sound.
Ibanez Custom Electronics w/ Magnetic Pickup Volume and Contact Pickup Volume
Blending the Contact pickup with the Magnetic pickup provides more natural acoustic tone. This pickup combination enhances the depth of the sound and the tonal brightness. It especially excels for solo fingerstyle players or in a small acoustic ensemble.
Macassar Ebony Scalloped bridge
The lightweight, scalloped bridge improves vibration efficiency for better resonance, as well as providing more flexibility in adjusting the action than usual bridge.
Ibanez Advantage bridge pins
These pins really are an advantage over old-fashioned pins. Advantage pins are easier to take out and easier to put in than standard pins. A special bulb-shaped end makes the pin easy to grip and also prevents the pin from being pushed in too far. Best of all, with Advantage the pin and string stay put.
Grand Dreadnought body
Through a rigorous R&D process spanning several years, Ibanez has reimagined the Dreadnought from the ground up, pursuing the height of rich sound, robust low end, and rich tone. This brand new body shape is called the Grand Dreadnought. Its about 5% larger than a standard Dreadnought body and achieves a superb, powerful sound. Its also extremely comfortable to play thanks to the extensive consideration given to its ergonomics
Spending a few years with trial and error, Ibanez finally reached to out-of-the-box X-M Bracing to generate the ultimate sound standing out on the stage. The carefully designed scalloped X-bracing, the allocation of tone braces and finger braces transmit the string vibration efficiently through the bridge to the body. The X-M Bracing creates the clear bottom and crispy treble sound with trimmed warm mid-range, yet providing wide dynamic range and highly response.
Functional Tapered Headstock
The newly designed headstock shape is the result of thorough research and investigation. Its tapered shape provides lighter weight, as well as a straight string alignment which enhances tuning stability and reduces any neck twisting effect
Advanced Access Cutaway
Its deep straight cutaway (from 18th fret) and shaved side enable amazing high fret access.
Dual Outputs (Magnetic/Contact pickup outputs)
Plugged into the endpin jack only: Magnetic pickup + Contact pickup with mixed output
Plugged into both the endpin jack and the open jack: Endpin Jack = Magnetic pickup, Open Jack = Contact Pickup