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Good player acoustic. - Reviews Ibanez EWC30PDE

General Specifications:
Made in China
Resonant Low Gloss Finish
Mini EW body with EW cutaway
Mahogany Neck
Padauk Top
Abalone Rosette
Ibanez Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
B-Band UST (Under Saddle Transducer) pickup
Ibanez SRTn preamp with Notch Filter, 3-band Equalizer, Volume, Phase switch, and Onboard Tuner
Balanced 1/4" and XLR Outputs
Rosewood Bridge and Fretboard
Ivorex II Nut and Saddle


This is a neat acoustic guitar from Ibanez. As far as playability is concerned, this guitar benefits from having a narrower body depth than most standard acoustics. This makes the guitar more comfortable to hold. The neck has a good feel to it - chord work was easy, as well as single note soloing. The string spacing at the bridge is excellent for fingerstyle playing.

Cosmetically, the Padauk top is quite unusual to look at, but is very attractive. However, the inlay at the 12th fret is pretty cheesy.


This guitar sounds good enough for stage use, and just practicing around the house or songwriting. For the recording studio, I'd be inclined to play something with a bit more low-end depth, as the bass end of this axe is a bit shallow. But the crispness is definitely there, and the included SRTn and B-Band UST pickup system gives the EWC30 a flexible package capable of tailoring to the room, as well as eliminating feedback coming from the PA or monitoring system.


Overall, this is a good guitar. It has a better playability and look than it does tone, but that is the type of trade-off that is made when shallowing the body depth and cutting out a dramatically shaped cutaway. The wood selection is very nice, and the fit and finish is right on for this price range. My one minor gripe is that Ibanez put a really cheesy inlay at the 12th fret - why don't guitar manufacturers leave lower-end guitars alone? I've seen so many that are very nice, but then the look is all off when someone is feeling "creative" in the inlay department. I realize it might be a way to brand the instrument a bit further, but I really think Ibanez could have done away with the inlay all together to make the guitar look much classier.