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Ibanez updates Artwood Series acoustics with new gradation finishes

(Image credit: courtesy of Ibanez)

Last year, Ibanez unveiled a gradation finish on electric models like the AZ242F, and now the company has applied the same multi-hued aesthetic to two of its Artwood series acoustic guitars.

The new AW80CE now sports a Brown Ale Gradation finish on its cutaway dreadnought body. Other features include a solid Sitka spruce top, Okoume back and sides, Nyatoh neck and Ovangkol fretboard and bridge.

The AW84CE, meanwhile, boasts a Vertical Natural Browned Burst finish on a cutaway dreadnought body. Tonewoods consist of a solid Okoume top and Okoume back and sides, as well as an Nyatoh neck and Ovangkol fretboard and bridge.

AW80CE

AW80CE (Image credit: courtesy of Ibanez)

Both models come equipped with an Ibanez T-bar undersaddle pickup and Ibanez AEQ-TP2 preamp with onboard tuner as well.

The AW80CE and AW84CE are available now for $399 each. For more information, head over to Ibanez (opens in new tab)

AW84CE

AW84CE (Image credit: courtesy of Ibanez)

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.