Condition: This guitar has been used but works fine
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This may be one of the more interesting releases to come out in 2016. Ibanez are known to be innovators. They were the first to mass produce both 7 and 8 string guitars and last year they became one of the first companies to mass produce fanned fret instruments. This year they are expanding their catalogue of fanned instruments with the AELFF10-NT or the first commercially available fanned fret acoustic.
Even with this new fretting option the base of the acoustic guitar still needs to be strong. So with their thin but resonant AEL body made out of Rosewood back and sides with a Sitka Spruce top you have a top grade acoustic before you even touch on the new innovations. These woods normally lend themselves to acoustic guitars that want to sound great for fingerpicked
If you are in the world of Prog Metal and extended range guitars you are probably used to seeing fanned frets by now but they are still fairly fresh in the acoustic world. There are a few key benefits of fanned frets over regular frets
- Equal string tension
- Better comfort on large chords
- Tighter response on lower strings
All of this comes from the fact that the lower strings have a longer scale length than the higher strings. This longer scale length increases the tension making it equal with the other strings and giving you a tighter feel without having to go up a gauge of string. Why not just increase the scale length overall? Because this way lead lines and bending is still just as easy as on a normal acoustic on the higher strings. When you increase the tension overall with a longer scale bends and solos become a lot more difficult.
Ibanez are well known for making acoustics that sound great going through the PA. To keep that up here they have mixed the impressive Fishman Sonicore pickup with an Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp. These are designed to give you a natural sounding tone that avoids the typical piezo high end sharpness.
Here's what Ibanez say about the AELFF10-NT
Ibanez proudly introduces a new AEL with a special feature, Fanned Frets. This Fanned Fretted AEL was designed to promote low string tone and improve string tension balance. The difference of the scale length (635mm at 1st string side and 680mm at 6th string side) helps to create deep, resonant lows as well as singing highs . The multi-scale length also handles alternate tunings beautifully, preserving equal string tension throughout the whole instrument. To increase tuning accuracy, 1:18 gear ratio tuners are equipped on this guitar. The combination of the AEL thin body and Rosewood back & sides equals a great tonal response and sound character. Although this guitar features a unique and "boutique" design, it is being made available with affordability in mind.
- AEL thin body
- 680mm/26.8" scale at 6th string, 635.0mm/25.0" scale at 1st string
- Sitka Spruce top
- Rosewood back & sides
- Body depth: 90/106mm at neck joint/body end
- Mahogany neck (satin finish)
- Rosewood bridge & fretboard
- Abalone and Maple rosette
- Bone nut & saddle
- Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp w/Onboard tuner
- Grover Chrome Die-cast tuners w/Half moon knobs (1:18 gear ratio)
- Balanced XLR & 1/4" outputs
- Fishman Sonicore pickup
- Ibanez Advantage bridge pins
- DAddario EXP strings