IBANEZ EW20ZWE EXOTIC WOOD SERIES ZEBRAWOOD ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC GUITAR

Unplugged, the EW body offers a mighty response and old-fashioned boom and delivers warm and firm authority in the low frequencies, superb balance in the mid-range, and a top end sparkle that comes alive when you dig into a solo. White binding runs along the edges of the deep EW body, traces the sloping cutaway, and is neatly applied to a rosewood fretboard whose only indulgence is an acrylic pearl inlay at the octave. There are seven electros in the EW range, and while most of these follow the same basic outline as the EW20ZWE on test here – a voluptuous hourglass shape that Ibanez insists is unique to the EW range – the tonewoods used are all very different. Cons The looks are sure to prove divisive. There are two minor blemishes on the back of the neck, but they’re barely noticeable and can’t be seen at all when you’re playing it. It’s among the best Ibanez electros this reviewer has tried and doesn’t have much to fear from its rivals. And when you take it off the shelf, the arguments for making a purchase get even stronger. Pick a note and you hear the complexities within it.

It’s a great touch which, along with the onboard notch filter, suggests Ibanez has this electroacoustic earmarked as a live weapon. White binding runs along the edges of the deep EW body, traces the sloping cutaway, and is neatly applied to a rosewood fretboard whose only indulgence is an acrylic pearl inlay at the octave. Strum a chord and you hear each note ring out. We’d certainly go along with that – the pairing of the SRTn preamp and UST with a professional acoustic amp will see the EW20ZWE thrive in a live context, but to limit this model to gig duties would be a real waste. It’s among the best Ibanez electros this reviewer has tried and doesn’t have much to fear from its rivals. Pros The unique appearance, the tone and the price tag. Pick a note and you hear the complexities within it.

Cons The looks are sure to prove divisive. If this item contains incorrect or inappropriate information please contact us here to flag it for review.

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The build is typical Ibanez, meaning that it’s neat, tidy and sprinkled with features that either reassure – such as a dual-action truss rod in a thick mahogany neck – or excite – like the funky layout of the B-Band SRTn preamp that controls the UST pickup.

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It’s among the best Ibanez electros this reviewer has tried and doesn’t have much to fear from its rivals. The abalone rosette doesn’t betray this model’s price and origins, while the bridge is a ‘Ramparts’ design that claims to boost output with its increased saddle stability.

Unplugged, the EW body offers a mighty response and old-fashioned boom and delivers warm and firm authority in the low frequencies, superb balance in the mid-range, and a top end sparkle that comes alive when zebrawoov dig into a solo. Ibanez has gone for the jugular with its acoustic campaign, filling the woof in its range with some conviction.

The truth is, just as it doesn’t look like anything else, the EW20ZWE doesn’t sound like anything else either.

Ibanez EW20ZWE review

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. There are a lot of guitars to choose from. Exotic wood with a unique appearance and tone that stands out.

Paired with the fine wood are high-end cosmetic appointments also found on guitars costing much more: Vuitar Ibanez-logo’d Smooth Tuners hold convincing pitch on a purposeful headstock. It’s amazing to find an exotic wood guitar in this price range. This is more than compensated for by the exemplary cutaway it allows some of the best access we’ve ever hada satisfyingly chunky neck profile and a fingerboard that lets novices clamp barres painlessly while experienced players can bend, slide and fingerpick with precision.

There are two minor blemishes on the back of the neck, but they’re barely noticeable and can’t be seen at all when dlectric playing it.

We’d certainly go along with that – the pairing of the SRTn preamp and UST with a professional acoustic amp will see the EW20ZWE thrive in a live context, but to limit this model to gig duties would be a real waste.

It’s a great touch which, along with the onboard notch filter, suggests Ibanez has this electroacoustic earmarked as a live weapon. Sourced by Ibanez from West Africa, zebrawood is a rare find on a mass-produced acoustic, partly because of its relative cost, but also because its moderately coarse texture and defined grain give it something of a ‘love-it-or-hate-it’ appearance. At the other end of the scale, bolstering the Exotic Wood line with the striking-but-thrifty EW20ZWE suggests the Ibanez boardroom is equally committed to winning hearts and minds in the entry level sector.

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The EW20ZWE will find favour with gigging guitarists who want to stand out from the crowd with quirky looks and tone but don’t want to pay for the privilege.

Strum a chord and you hear each note ring out. There are seven electros in the EW range, zebeawood while most of these follow the same basic outline as the EW20ZWE on test here – a voluptuous hourglass shape that Ibanez insists is unique to the EW range – the tonewoods used are all very different.

And when you take it off the shelf, the arguments for making a purchase get even stronger. Singular in looks and sound because it’s made from exotic African zebrawood. On one hand, Ibanez has targeted the more discerning end of the mid-price market with the launch of the most expensive and highly spec’d Artwood Series acoustic to date; the AWSECE. By continuing to use the site, you are consenting to the use of cookies as explained in our Privacy Policy to improve your experience.

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Pros The unique appearance, the tone and the price tag. I’ve forgotten my password. Start Free Trial Sign In. Pick a note and you hear the complexities within it. Start Free Trial or Sign In to see what it’s worth.

The grain patterns are striking, and while it’s a difficult wood to work with, it is durable and ages very well. Why do I need to login to see this item? White binding runs along the edges of the deep EW body, traces the sloping cutaway, and is neatly seriss to a rosewood fretboard whose only indulgence is an acrylic pearl inlay at the octave.