Thermo Aged mahogany with open pore finish for a lightweight instrument with more resonance.
The grand concert body shape of Ibanez's AVC9LOPN Left-Handed Grand Concert acoustic, along with its Thermo Aged mahogany top with Thermo Aged spruce X bracing and shorter scale, delivers a wide dynamic sound when strumming and quick response when fingerpicking. The lightweight Open Pore Natural finish helps enhance the tone organically. The AVC9LOPN's mahogany top, back and side body construction creates rich, bright and balanced tonal character, while the tortoiseshell body binding gives this guitar a more vintage vibe. The mahogany soft-V shape, which is capped by a rosewood fingerboard, has a satin finish for smoother play and playing comfort. Open gear tuners with butterbean knobs (18:1 gear ratio) ensure accurate, stable tuning and help reduce the headstock weight. It also gives the AVC9LOPN an added touch of vintage character. A bone nut and saddle are chosen for their ability to transfer the string vibration naturally.
The AVC9LOPN comes setup with D'Addario Nickel Bronze strings. These exceptional strings emphasize the natural voice of Thermo Aged wood with incredible clarity, resonance and projection.
Artwood Vintage Series
The "modern approach to acoustic guitar tradition" has long been Ibanez's 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 —"Termo Aged" tonewood, made by a special drying process at a high temperature which is commonly known as "baking" or "torrefaction". Only choice 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 tonewood becomes light, hard and stable like tonewood 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.