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Ibanez EW Series EWN28KOENT Cutaway Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    Unbelievable looks with playability to match!

    Designed for the player who is looking for a completely new and different voice, the EWN28KOENT Cutaway Nylon String Acoustic-Electric features a body that's smaller in size and shallower in depth for increased comfort and acoustic projection. With a narrow neck width the EWN28KOENT is perfect for player who find typical classical guitar necks too wide and the soft cutaway provides complete fretboard access. Aesthetic appointments include luscious koa wood top, back & sides, a beautiful laser engraved wood rosette, mahogany binding, gold open gear tuning machines, and rosewood bridge and fingerboard. You won't find anything else quite like the Ibanez EW guitars — even among guitars that are much more expensive.

    The EWN28KOENT is fully equipped for both acoustic and electric performance with an ultra thin B-Band® UST (under-the-saddle) pickup and the Ibanez SRTn Preamp. The B-Band® UST pickup has a wide dynamic range and reproduces original tones without affecting the instrument acoustically. The SRTn's notch filter-equipped feedback reduction system allows high loud sound levels before feedback. Control adjustments are simple and easy to use, and tuning is a snap thanks to the onboard tuner. The G200ECENT has a 1/4" output jack, and a balanced XLR jack for direct PA connection. Operates on standard AA batteries.

    Features
    • Body Style: Thinline Mini Exotic Wood Body with Cutaway
    • Top: Koa
    • Back and Sides: Koa
    • Neck: Mahogany
    • No. of frets: 20
    • Fingerboard: Rosewood
    • Nut: Ivorex II™
    • Binding: Mahogany body and neck
    • Rosette: Laser-Engraved Wood Engraved
    • Bridge: Rosewood
    • Bridge Pins: Advantage™
    • Tuners: Gold Classical Tuners
    • Pickups: B-Band® UST
    • Preamp: Ibanex SRTn Preamp with Notch Filter and On-board tuner
    • Outputs: Balanced 1⁄4" and XLR
    • Strings: D'Addario® EXP Classical Strings
    • Saddle: Ivorex II™
    • Finish: Natural High Gloss
     
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    4.5

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    Ibanez acoustic

    Mine arrived pre-dinged, with a small chip missing from the body edge at the cutaway... small but there it is. Not enough to make me send it back. BUT, I am...Read complete review

    Mine arrived pre-dinged, with a small chip missing from the body edge at the cutaway... small but there it is. Not enough to make me send it back. BUT, I am having a lot of fret buzz at the third fret (sounds like one of the other reviewers, eh?) and am working on that, bringing it to a local luthier tomorrow. How is the bridge saddle supposed to be placed? Maybe mine is backwards too, but the intonation on the guitar is excellent. The string action is great (as long as I can fix the buzz problem...) The electronics are amazing, and I was able to play the thing at rather high volumes without it feeding back, and when it did, I used the notch control to control the resonance, and it did the job! The three band EQ (bass, mid, treble) is VERY effective, and creates a huge range of tone. The on-board tuner is a great idea, and it works like a charm. Beautiful wood. Nice neck. Very playable. Wish me luck with the fret buzz though. It does look as if the 3rd fret may have risen a bit from the neck. Hmmmm.

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    This is my first classical. This neck width is less than most, which I needed. Over all, the guitar is okay. Mine has a buzzing from the inside that is cured by...Read complete review

    This is my first classical. This neck width is less than most, which I needed. Over all, the guitar is okay. Mine has a buzzing from the inside that is cured by pulling the battery slide out and re-inserting it. The on-board tuner will not recognize the high E string most of the time. I have had trouble finding the right strings to make it sound good unplugged as well as plugged in. Get a good amp too, I didn't.

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    3.0

    Experience matters

    By Okletsplay

    from Amarillo, Texas

    This is my first classical. This neck width is less than most, which I needed. Over all, the guitar is okay. Mine has a buzzing from the inside that is cured by pulling the battery slide out and re-inserting it. The on-board tuner will not recognize the high E string most of the time. I have had trouble finding the right strings to make it sound good unplugged as well as plugged in. Get a good amp too, I didn't.

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    4.0

    Excellent Performing Guitar

    By voodoochile808

    from Honolulu, HI

    Okay...I did not give the guitar all 5s. The reason for this is simple--this is not an all-around awesome guitar. It is great for performing because it looks beautiful and the plugged-in sound is the best I have heard out of any nylon string (it seems to be harder to get nylons to sound good in a PA than steel strings...at least in my experience :P). However, the construction quality is decent at best...the guitar does the job, but the construction is not as high quality as the epiphone masterbilt guitars, which are in a similar price range. Also, the acoustic sound is almost non-existant. If you're recording with a microphone, or need a guitar that resonates acoustically, look elsewhere. However, this is a great guitar for working musicians who need a durable, affordable, and good looking guitar that responds well to PA systems.

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    5.0

    Beautiful Wood, Nice Axe

    By Take5Guy

    from Somerset NJ

    The Ibanez EW Series EWN28KOENT Cutaway Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a strikingly beautiful guitar. I have 2 other more traditional classical guitars and was looking for something that could be used as a steel string replacement. This fits the bill. What first sold me on this guitar is it?s looks, especially the Koa wood body. Ibanez makes a couple of other Exotic Wood Classicals, which are cheaper than this one, but I liked the look of this wood better, even though I was just comparing them through pictures online. I am very happy with my decision. The neck is a tad narrower at the nut than a traditional classical and the upper part of the body meets the neck at the 14th fret instead of the 12th at the low E string. The cutaway side gives full access to all the frets. Acoustically it does not produce the volume of a traditional classical because of it thinner body but it does not have to be plugged in to be heard. The acoustic tone is very good. Through an amp it has all the volume you could want, and good tone. When I got it, the action was so low that I put a shim under the saddle to raise it a little. It came with 2 saddle shims and an additional saddle. Because of my bad back I practice sometimes laying on my back. When in this position the guitar was producing a buzzing from inside the body. After much fiddling with it I discovered it was the slide out pre-amp battery holder. I removed it and re-inserted it and the buzz went away and didn?t return. The only thing I don?t like about the guitar are the cheap tuning machines. The gears don?t feel tight and it?s a little difficult (not impossible) to get it into perfect tune. I plan to upgrade them at some point. This is a guitar that could be used for all styles of acoustic music. And it is uniquely beautiful.

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    4.0

    Ibanez acoustic

    By toby-K7NZm

    from Walnut Creek, CA

    Mine arrived pre-dinged, with a small chip missing from the body edge at the cutaway... small but there it is. Not enough to make me send it back. BUT, I am having a lot of fret buzz at the third fret (sounds like one of the other reviewers, eh?) and am working on that, bringing it to a local luthier tomorrow. How is the bridge saddle supposed to be placed? Maybe mine is backwards too, but the intonation on the guitar is excellent. The string action is great (as long as I can fix the buzz problem...) The electronics are amazing, and I was able to play the thing at rather high volumes without it feeding back, and when it did, I used the notch control to control the resonance, and it did the job! The three band EQ (bass, mid, treble) is VERY effective, and creates a huge range of tone. The on-board tuner is a great idea, and it works like a charm. Beautiful wood. Nice neck. Very playable. Wish me luck with the fret buzz though. It does look as if the 3rd fret may have risen a bit from the neck. Hmmmm.

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    4.0

    Nice woodwork but...

    By BBQBOB

    from Texas

    To fully qualify this review I have to say that this was scratch n' dent item. I can find only one thing in the finish that might have been considered a flaw and it's so small and hidden I doubt that anyone outside of a purist would find it. The woodworking and detail is first class.BUT... on delivery I found the rpoduct had a pronounced buzz on 4 strings. A closer inspection showed that the saddle had been installed backwards, causing the taper to face the nut. A reverse of the saddle fixed the buzz. Then I plugged it in. The jack was extremely loose internally and caused a persistent disconnect as the plug wiggled against the loose contacts. Quick surgery to remove the connection module and bend the contacts inward solved that issue. I am very happy with the amplified sound. The acoustic sound is shallow as one would expect from a thin body. This instrument is best on stage through an amp or sound system. Playability and intonation are great.

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    5.0

    Merry x-mas!

    So, I got the EWN28KOENT for christmas from my wife this year and I love it. It's definetly the most beautiful acoustic guitar I've ever seen. And the sound leaves nothing to be desired. I've always just mic'd my nylon-string guitars in the past but the pre-amp creates just as good a sound as live recording. My only problem was, originaly it had some buzz on the 6 and 5 strings at the 3 and 4 frets, but the guitar shop worked their magic, and now it sounds wonderful. My real complaint is that both of the output jacks are balanced (XLR and TRS). This makes it difficult to plug into a regular guitar amplifier, which uses an unbalanced TS input, without creating a short that is possibly damaging to the electronics. Luckily, both my PA and multitrack recorder have XLR inputs, so it's not too much of a hassle. Overall, I really love this guitar and it is definetly my #1 acoustic.

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    5.0

    nice guitar for the money

    By Negril

    from Maryland

    Koa guitars often come with a several hundred dollar "bump" (Taylor!) over,for exapmle, a Sitka+Rosewood model. Price aside, this guitar plays like a champ. Action is consistent all the way up the fretboard. I did have to tweek the truss rod once, but that was weeks ago. I do use a soundhole humidifier. The electronics are more than capable of producing a clear, balanced signal. The reviewer who cited a lack of bass response may want to try 'negative equalization'(reduce the treble to increase perceived bass) on both the onboard eq and the amplifier. The 3-band EQ easily can send mine into "boomy" if I am not careful. Or maybe the one he purchased has a defect.All in all, a great value and a very capable instrument. I recently parted with well over $2K on a Taylor 614ce, and both the Ibanez and the Taylor are "keepers". I feel like I finally own a high quality steel string and a high quality nylon string acoustic electric.

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    5.0

    Very nice guitar

    By ReviewerJack

    from Miami

    Structurally, it's an excellent guitar, one of the best nylon string electrics I've encountered, and I've encountered a lot of them. Plays well, good design, good woods throughout, and looks really, really cool, very comfortable to sit with, light weight. The neck is excellent, has a binding on the sides which I really liked, and the back of the neck is just the right thickness, not too fat, not too thin. The battery configuration is 2 AA's, so you don't have to mess with those 9volt types. And a built in tuner that's better than most. Has a truss rod to keep the neck straight.Unfortunately, the one that I bought had a problem incidental to that specific guitar, when I lowered the action to accomodate my playing style, strings 4 & 5 had severe buzzes at frets 3. I am an expert in neck setup, there was simply no way to fix this (I don't file frets), so I had to take it back. There were no fret buzzes as set up initially, but the action was set a bit on the high side.Fret buzzes aside, the bridge saddle is such that the action can easily be lowered by installing another saddle or just sanding down the original, there's plenty of tolerance to do so.I did not plug it in as I only wanted a good practice and exercise guitar. The B-Band pickup system needs to be approache with caution. I have had several Yamaha nylons with B-Band pickups, the basses just did not come through on those, period. No amount of EQing would get the basses audible. However, we all have different ways of compensating for EQ response.I would recommend this guitar on a buy it and try it basis. If it works for you, you won't be disappointed and it will be money well spent. If it weren't for those incidental fret buzzes, I would have kept it.

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    5.0

    Just a bit frustrated

    By Terry Bradley

    from Newton, Iowa

    I purchased the Ibanez EWN28KOENT to replace an Alvarez Regent series nylon string which died when I forgot it and left it in the car one very cold January evening. The Ibanez is a gorgeous instrument being made of Hawaiian Koa. The action rivals instruments costing much, much more. However, when it arrived, the electronics were dead. Customer service was really helpful and arranged for an exchange. The second guitar arrived and I plugged it in only to find that there is a short in the electrics and if you wiggle the cable the guitar goes silent until you jiggle the cable just right. At this point I am not sure whether to send it back or take it to my local tech to have it fixed. But make no mistake, this is a quality piece. Any instrument can have a glitch so don't be put off by my experience. If you are seeking a nylon string guitar without the traditional wide neck consider this one, particularly if you play jazz..the complex chord shapes simply fall into place!

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    5.0

    awesome guitar

    This is a fabulous guitar! As long as you know what you are getting in to. This guitar is not for the heavy metal guitarist. If you finger pick or articulate strings with your flat pick, then this guitar would be a fine addition to anyone?s collection. The narrow neck (1.75 inches or 4.5 centimeters at the nut) nylon string guitar with shallow smaller body (a little quieter than most nylon string guitars) is not for everyone. I love it. The looks are fabulous with the rich dark grain of all koa top, back, and sides. The playability is phenomenal with action approaching lead guitar string height off the neck. The manufacturers cleverly include both a replacement saddle and shims if you decide you want to change the playing action. Guitar also has adjustable neck with adjuster included. Craftsmanship is impressive, especially at this price range. The B-band onboard pickup (with valuable built in tuner) makes this guitar a serious addition to any live act. I have never heard clearer tones from a nylon string guitar that was plugged in. I have purchased much musical gear over the years. Most I keep. A few are sent back. Very few items get a review unless they are uncommonly good or bad. This guitar immediately earned a spot on my ?traveling varsity?, a right to be played at my weekly gig. According to my wife, I have way too many guitars. Have been playing professionally for over 30 years. This Chinese-made Ibanez is a ?best buy? in my book.

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