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Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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There are a lot of guitars to choose from. The Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar is different. Singular in looks a...Click To Read More About This Product

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Exotic wood with a unique appearance and tone that stands out.

There are a lot of guitars to choose from. The Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar is different. Singular in looks and sound because it's made from exotic African zebrawood. The grain patterns are striking, and while it's a difficult wood to work with, it is durable and ages very well. It's amazing to find an exotic wood guitar in this price range.

For faithful reproduction of acoustic tone, a B-Band UST pickup is paired with the Ibanez SRTn preamp with notch filter and an onboard tuner. Tune anytime, anywhere. You'll also be ready for whatever connections are available; the EW20ZWENT is equipped with balanced 1/4" and XLR outputs.

Paired with the fine wood are high-end cosmetic appointments also found on guitars costing much more: an abalone rosette, Ibanez chrome die-cast tuners and a natural high-gloss finish. If you've been holding back on an acoustic guitar purchase because you haven't found the right features at the right price, your wait is over.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • EW body w/cutaway
  • Abalone rosette
  • Ibanez chrome die-cast tuners
  • B-Band UST pickup
  • Ibanez SRTn preamp w/notch filter and onboard tuner
  • Balanced 1/4" and XLR outputs
  • Natural high gloss finish
  • Case sold separately

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IbanezEW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 44 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent guitar, not-so-excellent preamp

This guitar is really nice to play unplugged, but probably not the best if you want to plug it in. Maybe it's just my guitar that has problems, I'll have to get it...Read complete review

This guitar is really nice to play unplugged, but probably not the best if you want to plug it in. Maybe it's just my guitar that has problems, I'll have to get it checked out.
The guitar itself is amazing. I wouldn't have expected such a non-traditional wood to have such good sound, but the tone rivals that of much more expensive guitars. The fretboard is nicely finished and the infinity inlay set in abalone is very attractive. The preamp, however, is horrible. I like using this guitar for just sitting around and strumming, but I would never consider using it for recording. Even when you cut the mids and highs, the tone is buzzy and trebly, lacking thickness. It is also surprisingly quiet when you run it through an amp or PA. The tuner, on the other hand, is excellent. It's dead-on accurate.
Guitar quality--fantastic.
Preamp--needs work.
The price is a bit too much for an acoustic-electric with bad electronics.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

had to get it replaced/repaired after 4 months

I bought this guitar from my local music store based on the glowing reviews on sites. But after I have owned the guitar 4 months some frets started buzzin, so i took it in...Read complete review

I bought this guitar from my local music store based on the glowing reviews on sites. But after I have owned the guitar 4 months some frets started buzzin, so i took it in to the store to have the frets fixed. The repair guy called me the next day and said that a bunch of frets were uneven and that he could not repair it. I called ibanez, who had decent customer service and they said its still under warrenty, props to them, but its gonna take 2 weeks just to sort it before they actually get to repairing and replacing it, plus i have to pay for shipping it there. Its kindof a hastle, cuz now i dont have a guitar for atleast 2 weeks and im out whatever shipping is, and its prolly not cheap. I felt obligated to share this, i dont know if i was unlucky but the quality is poor in my opinion if only last 4 months of light use.

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

had to get it replaced/repaired after 4 months

By Cody Groves

from louisville

Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar from my local music store based on the glowing reviews on sites. But after I have owned the guitar 4 months some frets started buzzin, so i took it in to the store to have the frets fixed. The repair guy called me the next day and said that a bunch of frets were uneven and that he could not repair it. I called ibanez, who had decent customer service and they said its still under warrenty, props to them, but its gonna take 2 weeks just to sort it before they actually get to repairing and replacing it, plus i have to pay for shipping it there. Its kindof a hastle, cuz now i dont have a guitar for atleast 2 weeks and im out whatever shipping is, and its prolly not cheap. I felt obligated to share this, i dont know if i was unlucky but the quality is poor in my opinion if only last 4 months of light use.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar at three times the price!

By Thomas Noden

from Florida

Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Buy it!!!
I've had this guitar for two years and can't be more pleased with it. Everyone that sees and hears it can't believe it's an Ibanez. This is my second Ibanez (my first became a Christmas present for my son who is equally happy with that one). For the money you can't go wrong.
Very well built and even has XLR output built in for those recording sessions you don't want to mike.
I give this one a 20, but 10 is as high as they go.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent guitar, not-so-excellent preamp

By Alex Kitching

from Greensboro, NC

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Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is really nice to play unplugged, but probably not the best if you want to plug it in. Maybe it's just my guitar that has problems, I'll have to get it checked out.
The guitar itself is amazing. I wouldn't have expected such a non-traditional wood to have such good sound, but the tone rivals that of much more expensive guitars. The fretboard is nicely finished and the infinity inlay set in abalone is very attractive. The preamp, however, is horrible. I like using this guitar for just sitting around and strumming, but I would never consider using it for recording. Even when you cut the mids and highs, the tone is buzzy and trebly, lacking thickness. It is also surprisingly quiet when you run it through an amp or PA. The tuner, on the other hand, is excellent. It's dead-on accurate.
Guitar quality--fantastic.
Preamp--needs work.
The price is a bit too much for an acoustic-electric with bad electronics.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful sound and looks

By Gunner-HN2Qy

from Near Detroit

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Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Originally had purchased a Dean Exoctica "Bubinga" which is also an exotic wood acoustic...had to take i back, neck was twisting...found out some of these guitars from Dean were doing this......took it back to my local guitar center where i traded for this Ibanez, the sound that rang out of it was amazing, the looks are amazing, and the best part...i didnt have to pay a $1000.00 for it....i compared it to some of the higher end acoustics side by side...for the money, this acoustic is a players dream....

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the money.

By Carvin12

from Colorado Spring, CO

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Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Let me just start with the cons.If you're looking for a guitar with a full bodied sound and great projection, look elsewhere. I'm not kidding when I say that this guitar (which is made out of laminates, covered in a thick poly finish) is about half as loud as a guitar made with solid tone woods. This isn't to say that it doesn't sound good, it does, it just isn't that loud. If you have crabby roommates, or live in an apartment complex with thin walls, this might be the guitar for you. Now for the pros.The quality is phenomenal! The frets are cut nice, and it's really easy to play. A great guitar for intermediate players. As for the plugged in sound, it sounds like any other guitar with a piezo, they all seem to sound the same to me anyway. The built in tuner is a nice addition. It is also fairly durable (I've dropped mine a couple times with not ill effect.) Last wordsThis guitar is worth the money, but like any guitar, it's about personal preference. I'd recommend trying one before you buy.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful... Superb value at this price point.

By Kenneth Holliday

from Japan

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Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric GuitarLove this guitar! It is perfect for my purposes. I can sit by the ocean and play (well, practice) It really is a bit quiet when not wired which is perfect for playing indoors. But, wire it up and it is a totally different animal. There is a dimpled imperfection that looks like a tool mark of some kind just under the bridge on mine. It isn't post manufacture ding because the finish is totally smooth over it. At first this was disappointing. But, perhaps it adds something to the character of the instrument. I just wonder how it made it through QC with such an obvious imperfection. Such is the world of exotic woods I guess. The preamp is a champ! Gives me just what I need in a easy to use, if somewhat awkwardly positioned panel. But, that too may just be personal preference.The body profile (shallow toward the fingerboard deeper at the bridge) is new to me. And, very comfortable to play since it allows you to bring the neck into your body without bending over so much (seated).Action was perfect out of the box. Tuning machines are high quality - The abalone rosette and overall features are far beyond what you might expect from a guitar at this price point. All told. A great stick with impressive looks, playability and richness of tone. highly recommend.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic

By In My Tree

from Austin TX

Pros

  • Fast delivery
  • Good natural color
  • Inexpensive
  • Nice Bright Sound
  • On board tuner

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I wanted something that wasn't really expensive, but also had things I wanted like: cutaway, onboard tuner, natural wood color.

      Extra perks were: Good fret inlay design, the free delivery was two days even though it said 6 business days.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Can't Beat This Guitar

      By Scotts_57

      from Bay City, TX

      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I have owned my Ibanez for about 6 months and I'd have to say that I do not regret it for a minute! The Zebrawood is extraordinary. I love the built in tuner. I had the action lowered just a bit, put some Elixir nano-web strings on it and just fell in love with the sound.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ibanez has done it again

      By Rebelyell1987

      from McCook NE

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      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is the second Ibanez that i have added to my colection, after my first Ibanez the art100 in cherry, freaken awsome guitar for the money, I deceided to get a new acoustic I figured I might as well try Ibanez again. Im very glad to say I was not disappointed. This guitar plays well above its price range, it sounds amazing-acoustic or plug it in to a nice amp and it sounds like heaven. Can't go wrong with this one, the only thing I don't like is the tuner, not very good but that is the only thing.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buy It

      By hobbit_of_doom

      from Boise,ID

      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I was actually planning on buying the ashwood from this same series but then I saw this badboy right before I made everything final and havent regreted it since. Great looks and It plays like a dream. It has a great tone. The only problem I can find is the tuner on it isnt the greatest. But thats a small thing in comparison to how good of a guitar this is. Seriously, if you want a great acoustic guitar then look no further than this one.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good looking guitar, do not be fooled

      By Samchevy

      from Southwick, Ma

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      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      While I agree this is a beautiful guitar and the fishman saddle pickup is great. Don't be fooled by the looks. It does sound good, however the zebrawood isn't a solid top. Those of us who have played Taylors and Martins know that just about any guitar can be plugged in and sound good. The action is high on this guitar, it can be adjusted. If you want an attractive guitar at a good price, buy the vintage violin AEL20. You'll love what you get for the money. I recommend the zebrawood to anyone who likes to get a little attention when playing it on stage. Other than that, you can get better sounding guitars for less. You will get tired of the look after a while.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME GUITAR

      By hamletrocker

      from seaside, oregon

      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar yesterday and let me tell you its awesome especially for the price. It sounds just like those 500-700 dollar guitars and looks good to , i recommend anyone who doesnt want an expensive acoustic electric to buy this one .

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome guitar

      By Harmon

      from The Ville, KY

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      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Some people hear the name Ibanez and are slightly hesitant, at least I was. When I was looking for my new guitar I was wanting to get a takamine, taylor, or brand that is a little more well known. But this guitar surprised me. The sound is great plugged in and unplugged,it looks fantastic, it gives you individuality (it's like no guitar you've ever seen), and the price is a steal. This guitar plays just as good as Taylor, Martin, Takamine, and Breedlove. Overall, AWESOME!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Acoustic

      By Shirate

      from Mesa, AZ

      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for a little under 3 months now, and it is amazing. First of all, the wood grain is different on every guitar, which makes it look unique. It also sounds excellent unplugged, and just as good, if not better, plugged in. I did a session yesterday, and my friend couldn't believe the sound that came out, and thought it rivaled that of his Taylor. Overall amazing, buy it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good Gigging Guitar

      By Will_yum

      from New York City, NY

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      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is excellent for performing. It looks awesome--the zebrawood just looks amazing. The sound plugged straight into the PA is great--using the balanced XLR output sounds better than the quarter inch. Plug it in through a Para DI and it sounds incredible.Acoustically, the guitar leaves something to be desired. It just isn't meant to be played acoustic. The finish is too thick, its not solid wood...this guitar is best for traveling, going on stage, dealing with lights and unpredictable sound systems. It does that very, very well.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buzzy Frets

      By shawn-ct9zj

      from bremerton

      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I've owned this guitar for about 3 months and I would say I like the guitar, but theres only one problem, the strings buzz around the 3rd and higher frets like the 13th. It could be an easy fix but I'm just speaking from when I first got to know it. Overall though this is a nice guitar. Around a 4.7 to me to be more specific.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing, simply amazing

      By Stuntmusic

      from New England

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      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is just plain great.The wood and finish are stellar and better looking in person.The neck had to be adjusted a bit, but the action is great, no buzzing or dead spots. The neck is perfect for my finger length (a bit on the small size). It is very comfortable to play for long periods.It also takes a capo very well, and with the on board chromatic tuner, you can tweak tuning silently when you need to.The preamp Ibanez is using is also really great sounding. The shaping of the EQ and contour of the sound gives you a lot of options.Unplugged, the guitar has a nice warm tone. It also sounds great mic'd up. I've recorded it into two channels, one mic'd out front and one via the onboard preamp and gotten amazing tracks with little need to eq the mix.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Guitar

      By Geared_Under

      from Coon Valley, WI

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      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I just got this guitar a few days ago, and I've been playing it everyday since. It looks fantastic, sounds incredible, except the fact that the two lowest strings buzz when you play it hard. Other than that, it sounds incredible. Both plugged and unplugged. Would recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a good guitar that feels good and sounds great, but does not want to fork out that much cash.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful guitar

      By Daniel T

      from Mansfield ,Ohio

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautiful Guitar Sounds P
      • Looks Great sounds great

      Cons

      • Could Hold It's Tune Bett
      • Er
      • Needs Tuned To Much

      Best Uses

      • Practice

      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Was very disappointed at first it played terribly sounded awful.After checking it out I seen the neck was bowed so put the wrench to it straightened it out tuned it in and it sounds amazing plays great.Hope it still performs well two years from now,as for now happy with it.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      can't wait to buy another one

      By jackie&daniel

      from keyser wv

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • All Out Great Guitar
      • Good to look at
      • Looks amazing
      • Plays good
      • Sounds awesome
      • Stays N Tune

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • While Playing On Amp

      Comments about Ibanez EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES Zebrawood Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Work of art. Wonderful sound looks great .No bad out come at all.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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