Ibanez AVT1 Tenor - Natural

4-string Acoustic Tenor Guitar with Solid Sitka Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Bone Nut/Compensated Saddle - Natural
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An Amazing Tenor Guitar for Everyone!

It's no secret that the guitar players here at Sweetwater are always on the lookout for cool and unique instruments. So, when we got our hands on this Ibanez AVT1 tenor acoustic guitar, we were absolutely delighted. Then we took a look and the price tag and we simply couldn't believe it. Folks, the guys at Ibanez really pulled off something special here, turning a vintage-style tenor acoustic guitar with a solid Sitka spruce top and a real bone nut and saddle into an instrument anyone can afford. If you've ever wanted to try out tenor guitar, the AVT1 is impossible to pass up.

Ibanez AVT1 Tenor Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Tenor tuning is a favorite for folk, jazz, country, and other playing styles
  • Mahogany topped with Sitka spruce is a singer-songwriter's favorite tonewood combo
  • Artwood Vintage series delivers timeless acoustic guitar vibe with modern playability
Tenor tuning is a favorite for folk, jazz, country, and other playing styles

By far, the most striking thing about the Ibanez AVT1 acoustic guitar is its tenor setup. Introduced in the 1920s as a way to provide unique chord voicings to complement more common instruments such as standard guitars, the tenor guitar offers the same C, G, D, A fifths tuning that you'd find on a viola, mandola, or tenor banjo. Not only does this tuning allows the AVT1 to both to fill out rhythm parts and to take the lead, without taking up too much sonic space - and it's even a wonderful choice for soloists!

Mahogany topped with Sitka spruce is a singer-songwriter's favorite tonewood combo

Of the three most common acoustic guitar body tonewoods (rosewood, mahogany, and maple), mahogany is easily the darkest and warmest choice. Although "dark" may not sound attractive at first, mahogany bodied guitars (especially ones with solid Sitka spruce tops like the AVT1) have always been extremely popular among singer-songwriters, because of the sonic space they leave for your voice and the way they blend with rosewood acoustics. What's more, the harmonically complex sound of mahogany is a perfect complement to the tighter voicing of this tenor guitar and adds density to otherwise spartan chords.

Artwood Vintage series delivers timeless acoustic guitar vibe with modern playability

If you aren't already familiar with Ibanez's Artwood series, it's actually pretty cool. It's a collection of time-tested acoustic guitar designs built with modern construction techniques, allowing Ibanez to offer great-looking and wonderfully playable instruments at an affordable price. Artwood Vintage guitars such as the AVT1 take this one step farther, using this same philosophy to offer a selection of vintage style instruments that would otherwise be out of reach for a typical player.

Ibanez AVT1 Tenor Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • A traditional tenor acoustic guitar that anyone can afford
  • C, G, D, A fifths tuning provides movable chords and unique voicings that complement other instruments
  • A perfect instrument for rhythm, lead, and solo playing
  • Mahogany body topped with solid Sitka spruce provides a delightfully warm and complex voice
  • Classy touches include white binding, an elegant 2-ring rosette, and real bone nut/compensated saddle
Get totally traditional with this Ibanez AVT1 tenor acoustic guitar!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 4
Body Shape Tenor Parlor
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish High Gloss
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany
Body Bracing X Bracing
Binding White
Neck Wood Mahogany
Radius 15.74"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay White Dot
Number of Frets 18
Scale Length 22.84"
Tuning Machines Chrome Open Gear Tuners with Ivory Knobs
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.18"
Strings D'Addario J-66 Tenor 80/20 Bronze, (.010-.032)
Manufacturer Part Number AVT1NT

Customer Reviews

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Inevitable that I would someday return to a tenor guitar. My 1st guitar was a Silvertone 4 string. In the endless pursuit for a different sound.. And easier playing,.. I looked at the offerings available. Pricewise, looks and reputation won me over to Ibanez's AVT1. Reading all the reviews cinched it.. This guitar is a beauty! Double binding, Mahogany bottom sides and two piece neck. Spruce top. Open geared vintage style tuners. But the kicker is when you strike your 1st notes. Renaissance sounding and the CGDA tuning "to me".. Ah just make you want to compose your own music. Thank you Sweetwater, Clint Brewster and Ibanez for bringing me this great new addition!!! *****

Ibanez AVT1

I've been making music for over 55 years. Everything from Oboe to guitar to ukulele and playing Bach to the Beatles to Buck Owens, but I've also worked with my hands that entire time and age has taken it's toll especially on my left hand. I can live with the discomfort when I play but I was beginning to fumble a lot of chords on my guitar so I switched to Baritone ukulele. Much easier and I've acquired more than a few including some customs, but after trying every string known to man, they still sound like a ukulele. Nothing wrong with that in itself, I love that sound but I wanted a guitar I could play without sounding like a beginner fumbling between a G and a D7. Along came the Ibanez AVT1 Tenor Guitar. It's a real guitar with steel strings and it sounds like a guitar!! Ok so it doesn't quite sound like my Taylor but that doesn't matter since I can't play the Taylor anymore anyway. But...the shorter scale, 4 strings (four fingers, get it?) and Chicago tuning will let me keep playing and that's all that really matters. All that said, it's a fine, well made instrument with sustain that goes on forever. Intonation up the scale is near perfect. I've only had it for less than a week but it's gigged twice already and I can't put it down! It projects well and is not drowned out by the banjo and fiddle player on either side of me. I'd be inclined to give it 5.5 stars but it's difficult to find a case that fits it well. Best fit I've found so far is a Cordoba 3/4 size bag. I'm happy to say the least.
Music background: gigging amature, with 10 years classical training mostly playing bluegrass, gospel and a bit of 50's and 60's top 40

Ibanez AVT1 tenor guitar

My new Ibanez AVT1 tenor guitar arrived this morning. My initial reaction was very favorable. There was evidence the instrument had gone through the 55 point inspection as advertised. The set up, sound and playability were very favorable as well. It has a nice tone and should do well accompanying Irish fiddle tunes and old time music which are my genre. I will replaced the factory strings with new D'addario EJ66's. And perhaps even replaced the factory tuners with Grover open geared Sta-tites at some point in time in the future as a personal preference for bean buttons. However, out of the box it is a "Keeper", quite comparable sound wise to my more inexpensive five year old, Aria NA tenor. I would recommend the AVT1 to anyone looking for tenor guitar, either as a pub or home player.
Music background: Traditional Irish music learner

Great buy! Great guitar!

I got the Ibanez tenor guitar on a lark. I trust Ibanez' quality and I wanted something to kickstart my musical imagination, after years of the same old, same old. The Ibanez AVT1 is everything I hoped for! It's got me thinking in new ways, playing more, and enjoying the musical challenges it provides. It's a great little guitar - well made, easy to play, sounds great! At this price, you can't beat it!
Music background: retired musician, teacher
See also: Ibanez, Ibanez Other Acoustic Instruments