The Artwood Vintage series now showcases another vintage element by applying an "aging" process to the tonewood : "Thermo Aged™" tone wood, made by a special drying process at a high temperature which is commonly known as "baking" or "torrefaction."
Thermo Aged™ Solid top w/Thermo Aged™ Spruce X bracing
Thermo Aged™ Solid top w/Thermo Aged™ Spruce X bracing delivers ample volume and an enormous frequency range.
Thermo Aged™ Solid Mahogany Back and Spruce Back Bracing
Thermo Aged™ solid Mahogany back and Thermo Aged™ Spruce back bracing offers a wide open resonant sound with vivid tone projection.
Cultured Maple fretboard & bridge
Cultured Maple is an engineered tonewood made up of Maple and epoxy. By mixing and compressing with epoxy resin, the wood becomes stronger and more stable, and offers a smooth feel and a solid yet fat sound with no dead points on the fretboard.
A bone nut and saddle provide optimal transference of the natural string vibration.
Ibanez Advantage™ bridge pins
These pins really are an advantage over old-fashioned pins. Advantage™ pins are easier to take out and easier to put in than standard pins. A special bulb-shaped end makes the pin easy to grip and also prevents the pin from being pushed in too far. Best of all, with Advantage™, the pin and string stay put.
Simplified Graph Comparing Thermo Aged™ to Non-Thermo Aged Guitars
The Thermo Aged™ process makes the sound louder across the entire frequency range, especially the bass and treble areas. (The base line in the graph represents the sound character of Non-Thermo Aged guitar). Having a Thermo Aged™ solid back brings further enhancement to the sound along with the Thermo Aged™ solid top; even more bass, even more treble, and plenty of punch
Thermo Aged™ Solid Sitka Spruce top
Thermo Aged™ Solid Mahogany back & Mahogany sides
Thermo Aged™ Spruce X Bracing
Mahogany Soft-V shape neck
Cultured Maple fret board and bridge
Grained Ivoroid top board purfling
Herringbone top board purfling
Specially designed Mother of Pearl fretboard inlay
Grover® Chrome Open Gear tuners w/Butterbean knobs (18:1 gear ratio)