The AVN6DTS is Ibanez’ latest parlor guitar, part of their Artwood Vintage series which feature designs inspired by instruments of the past. And I have to say that I’m really impressed with this particular model’s vintage appeal and blues box sound, it’s like all my favorite parlor guitar features were packed in a single instrument.
To start off, this guitar will easily standout from the crowd with its “Distressed Tobacco Sunburst”, it makes the guitar look like a well loved instrument, matching the instruments compact parlor guitar shape and slotted headstock. The finish comes with subtle details that give the instrument the appearance of age. The Herringbone rosette completes the old school look that’s really oozing with blues box appeal.
The Ibanez AVN6DTS has a solid spruce top paired with mahogany back and sides, a familiar combination used by many guitar builders. I still would’ve preferred if they used a solid cedar, or mahogany for the top, but that’s just my personal preference. Still the traditional wood configuration used by Ibanez on this particular model, helps give this guitar nice blues box tones, as evidenced by their official video demo. You can see and hear the guitar in action below:
As heard on the video, the resulting sound has a warm midrange, yet has enough punch because of the solid spruce top. The obvious application for this is old school blues and ragtime fingerpicking. It can also be great for recording, because the midrange’y tone can easily cut through a mix.
The neck is crafted from mahogany and features a soft-v shape w/ diamond volute. It has a rosewood fingerboard with 18 total frets, and the neck joins the body at the 12th fret following traditional designs. Other important specs include the scale length of 24.96″ and 1.69″ nutwidth, and since this guitar is from Ibanez, you can expect it to have a comfortably playable action and feel.
Other features of the Ibanez AVN6DTS also follow the antique theme, including the aged-compensated bone saddle, Ibanez Advantage bridge pins, gold mother-of-pearl dot inlays and antique chrome tuners w/ oval knobs.
Finally, this antique looking parlor guitar is now retailing for just under $500, quite affordable for an “aged” instrument.