Ibanez AW54CE - Open Pore Natural

6-string Acoustic Guitar with Solid Mahogany Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, and Rosewood Fingerboard - Open Pore Natural
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A Great Value in a Solid-top Mahogany Acoustic-electric

The Ibanez Artwood AW54CE acoustic-electric guitar hits all the right notes. Acoustically, the AW54CE delivers big dreadnought tone that's nicely balanced by the internal X bracing. The solid mahogany construction gives you a great-looking instrument with a big, balanced sound that's ideal whether you're strumming or fingerpicking. With a Fishman under-saddle pickup and an Ibanez AEQ210TF preamp, you get natural-sounding amplification that's plug-n-play simple. You even get an onboard tuner. If you came to Sweetwater for a great-sounding, smooth-playing acoustic-electric that's also a phenomenal value, we can highly recommend the Ibanez AW54CE.

Ibanez Artwood AW54CE Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Artwood: high-quality tonewoods and amazing value
  • Solid mahogany construction gives your guitar a rich sonic signature
  • Tune up, plug in, and sound great with this Fishman pickup system
Artwood: high-quality tonewoods and amazing value

The magic of Ibanez's Artwood series acoustic guitars comes from their combination of quality tonewoods and fine construction techniques. To make the Artwood AW54CE acoustic a great-sounding yet affordable guitar, Ibanez began by selecting the best materials for the money and then applied decades upon decades of guitar-crafting experience to them. When you pick up your AW54CE, you'll be amazed by how fine this affordable acoustic guitar really is.

Solid mahogany construction gives your guitar a rich sonic signature

With its strong fundamentals and ample sustain, mahogany is a bold choice for a big-bodied dreadnought. To help balance the naturally warm tone of mahogany, Ibanez employs X bracing on the AW54CE to give you wide-ranging tone that doesn't become too muddy or indistinct.

Tune up, plug in, and sound great with this Fishman pickup system

Any gigging guitarist at Sweetwater will tell you that Fishman makes some of the best acoustic amplification systems around. The Ibanez AW54CE packs Fishman's Sonicore pickup, powered by the Ibanez AEQ210TF preamp gives you bass, treble, and volume controls to dial in a great tone fast. Best of all, the built-in tuner makes it easy to keep your instrument sounding its best.

Ibanez Artwood AW54CE Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Great acoustic guitar look, sound, and feel
  • Dreadnought body provides you with plenty of natural projection
  • Mahogany construction sounds rich and full, with ample sustain
  • Great plugged-in tone and convenient built-in tuning with the Fishman pickup system
  • Open pore finish for a natural, rustic appearance
  • Mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard provides you with solid action
  • Ivorex II nut and saddle ensure maximum string vibration for extended sustain
Discover the fun of playing a full-sized dreadnought with an Ibanez's Artwood AW54CE!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Dreadnought
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Open Pore
Top Wood Solid Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany
Body Bracing X Bracing
Binding Black
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 15.74" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay White Dot
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.62"
Tuning Machines Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.69"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 15.75"
Body Depth 5"
Electronics Fishman Sonicore Pickup, Ibanez AEQ210TF Preamp with Onboard Tuner
Strings D'Addario EXP11 Coated 80/20 Bronze, Light (.012-.053)
Manufacturer Part Number AW54CEOPN

Customer Reviews

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Excellent acoustic

I bought this guitar as an extra acoustic to use as a kind of beat around acoustic. Once it came in it exceeded playability and sound expected. Excellent purchase. Dealing with Jason Kovac has been great too. Guy has never steered me wrong.

Great Sounding Guitar

I walked into a store and heard a guy playing this guitar. The sound was so crisp and clear I thought it was a Martin. I asked what he was playing n told me it was the Ibanez AW54CEOPN. I returned my Yamaha FG720s and got this.. what a great guitar n outshines any in it's price range. I play this more than my custom X series. Buy it..

Get This Guitar Now!!!

This guitar is awesome!!! I swear this is the best acoustic guitar that I've ever put in my hands in any price range. In addition to being absolutely beautiful to look at, not to mention being extremely comfortable to play, this guitar has the sweetest tone and most balanced sound I've ever experienced on an acoustic guitar. Oh and I forgot to mention the fact that it also sounds fantastic when played through an amp as well. It even sounds great with my electric guitar multi-effects pedal which really shocked me to be honest. I was not expecting that, but if you play around with multi-effects, it sounds fantastic with the clean/chorus type of effects, and freakin screams with the distortion effects! I really didn't plan on playing it as an electric a lot, but man it really does sound great! The acoustic sounds of the guitar itself when playing unplugged are amazing! The only compromise I can see with this guitar is the fact that it isn't as loud unplugged as some other acoustics (probably due to it being the mahogany top instead of being spruce). Maybe one other drawback is that this guitar is probably not one you want to bang around and take on a camping trip etc... So for those 2 drawbacks I listed, maybe just find an inexpensive beater guitar to fill that void for when you need such a guitar. For all the other times when you want to play something very nice at home, at a show, or at the recording studio, the Ibanez AW54CE - Open Pore Natural will be your best choice in my opinion.

Very impressive for the price

First off, AJ Becerra has been an amazing Sales rep and has always been there for me with invaluable advice, understanding and a sincere heart for customer service. I try to buy through Sweetwater whenever possible. For my personal use as well as my church worship team. OK, on to the guitar: This guitar is very impressive. I just opened it a little bit ago, so I can't speak for durability, etc, but it looks amazing, has a very nice sound and action, making for great playability. The tuner seems pretty accurate, too. Nice ringing highs and solid bottoms and clear mids. The solid top mahogany is very pretty and I love the open pore option without gloss. The cutaway is very accessible. I've been playing for 20+ years and bought this for my son for Christmas. Living vicariously through him, I would have loved to have had a guitar like this to learn on. The action should make it very easy as he continues to learn. The appearance should make him proud to show to his friends and the sound should keep him coming back for more. Thanks again to AJ for helping to make this happen.
Music background: Years of gigging and shenanigans, now settled down as a worship director


I am thrilled with this guitar! I actually just bought two of them for two of my sons. I have owned a few Ibanez guitars in the past including the first Artwood series that was manufactured in 1978. That one I passed down to another son. For the price of this guitar it can't be beat. It has a crisp full sound that cannot be matched with out paying over $800 and getting a Martin. This would be worth it at twice the cost.
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Ibanez, Ibanez 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Ibanez Acoustic / Electric Guitars