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1981 AW-75, holiday greetings
Chazmo
#1 Posted : 12/30/2006 12:36:58 PM
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<P>Holiday greetings, folks!</P><edited><editID>Chazmo</editID><editDate>2006-12-30 12:39:12</editDate></edited>

[edit: from many, many, many moons ago..... before forum software was changed.... Anyway, a couple of pictures of the Series I Artwood collection at its height. The AW-60 and AW-70 have long since been sold]



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nomad
#1 Posted : 12/30/2006 1:20:50 PM
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<P><IMG src="smileys/smiley32.gif" border="0">&nbsp;Sweet Artwood, man!&nbsp; </P>
<P>Happy New Year to ya.</P>
My wife says she'll leave me if I buy 1 more guitar....
I'm sure gonna miss her.
Chazmo
#1 Posted : 12/30/2006 1:24:17 PM
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Thanks, man!&nbsp; 25 years and going strong (needs to have the bridge re-glued though. :)))
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#1 Posted : 12/30/2006 2:08:19 PM
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<P>My Artwood (aw100ece) isn't anywhere near that vintage, but it's still one of my favorites... it has some minor "issues" too (saddle) but I love the sound &amp; construction- I guess yours is really a testament to that!</P>
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<P>I use a Seagull (Canada) 12 string a/e, and always have my eyes open for new &amp; exciting 12 string options; I might just need a doubleneck!</P>
<P>Rock on.&nbsp;&nbsp; <IMG src="uploads/nomad/2006-12-30_140800_Msmiley.gif" border="0"></P>
My wife says she'll leave me if I buy 1 more guitar....
I'm sure gonna miss her.
Chazmo
#1 Posted : 12/30/2006 3:02:25 PM
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<P>It's the sound that drew me to it originally.&nbsp; I visited dozens of music stores and tried everything commercially available at the time.&nbsp; Nothing...&nbsp; not the Martins, Ovations, etc. had the warm, resonating sound that this one did/does.&nbsp; Plus, some of them were way more expensive than the $380 my Ibanez cost me in 1981. :)</P>
<P>I've found it difficult to find a comfortable playing position with the double-necks I've tried over the years.&nbsp; Good luck in the ongoing hunt!</P>
<P>Best wishes!</P>
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Chazmo
#1 Posted : 1/10/2007 10:26:12 AM
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<P>Anyone have any suggestions for strings for my AW-75?</P>
<P>Someone recommended "silk and steel" strings to me.&nbsp; I'm having the bridge repaired, and I'm considering going with these replacements.&nbsp; I couldn't even tell you what I had on there before (gotta' be at least 10 years since the last restringing), but I think the ones I've used in the past were wire core, not nylon/silk/whatever...</P>
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#1 Posted : 1/13/2007 12:06:10 PM
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Depends on what tone you're looking for:<br><br><span id="DADGenreDetail1_lbTitle" ="titlecopy"></span><span id="DADGenreDetail1_lbDesc" ="copy">Silk
and Steel strings will give a more mellow tone, be a little easier on the fingers, and allow for
reduced string noise. D'Addario EJ35 Silk &amp; Steel (11-47, 12-string) are a possibility.<br><br>D'Addario EXP 38 Phosphor Bronze Lights (10-47, 12-string) will give you a brighter sound. <br><br>I like the D'Addario EXP 11's and EXP 16's for my Ibanez AEL20EVV. The D'Addario coated strings usually last me about 3-months of almost daily playing before they need to be replaced.<br><br>I've used the D'Addario Silk &amp; Steel strings on my Sigma DM-3M dreadnaught, and have been pleased with them on that guitar.</span><span id="DADGenreDetail1_lbDesc" ="copy"><br></span><br><a id="DADGenreDetail1_DLProducts__ctl0_Hyper&#108;ink2" class="bodycopy" title="Click here to read more about Silk &amp; Steel 11-47 12-String guitar strings" href="http://daddario.com/DADProdDetail.aspx?CodaID=6908&amp;ID=2&amp;class=ABRA" target="_blank"></a>
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#1 Posted : 1/13/2007 9:06:39 PM
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Thanks, akustikgitar!
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Chazmo
#1 Posted : 1/28/2007 11:36:48 AM
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<P>So, I'm going with the silk and steel.&nbsp; My bridge has been re-affixed to the guitar.</P>
<P>My luthier and I have been discussing amplifying this guitar, and I'm leaning toward his suggestion of using the K&amp;K Sound "Pure Western Mini" system.&nbsp; I'm wondering if anyone else has any experience with this system.&nbsp; It uses three separate transducers mounted under the guitar top, beneath the saddle (directly in front of the bridge).&nbsp; It also has a pre-amp which is accessible through the hole (like the pickups, mounts inside the guitar).</P>
<P>Looks like very cool stuff to me.&nbsp; Any opinions?</P>
<P><A href="http://kksound.com/ultrapurewestern.html" target="_blank">http://kksound.com/ultrapurewestern.html</A></P>
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#1 Posted : 4/17/2007 5:51:27 PM
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<P>Thought I'd update you guys.&nbsp; My luthier had difficulty acquiring the K&amp;K pickup system, so I took the guitar back without the pickup.&nbsp; I'm loving having it back!!!!!!!!!!</P>
<P>He put some light strings on it (not the silk and steel), which are nice, but I plan on trying Elixir strings soon.&nbsp; I've heard good things about them, and if they're good enough for Bob Taylor... :)</P>
<P>I've learned my lesson about humidification.&nbsp; For those of you out there in a dry climate, be sure to humidify your guitars.&nbsp; Solid wood is not happy with low humidity!&nbsp; Don't let your babies crack like I did! :(</P>
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#1 Posted : 4/19/2007 2:00:53 PM
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Sorry to hear about the humidity problem leading to a cracked guitar! I use a Planet Waves humidifier for my Washburn solid top. My Ibanez AEL20EVV is laminated and is not as susceptible to humidity problems.<br><br>I really like Elixir strings, in fact I now prefer them over the D'Addario EXPs. Elixir Nanoweb lights (012 to 053) sound great on my AEL20EVV. They are a bit slippery at first and take a while to get used to. They are also a bit on the expensive side, but they last about 3 months for me, and I really like the way they make my guitar sound.<br>
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#1 Posted : 4/19/2007 5:31:41 PM
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Thanks, akustikgitar.&nbsp; I won't be trying the Elixirs for a while, but I'm looking forward to it.
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#1 Posted : 4/23/2007 8:59:14 AM
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Just restrung my AEL20EVV with Elixir Nanoweb lights last night. They sound great! <img src="smileys/smiley20.gif" border="0"> This is the first time I've tried the 80/20's. Previously I had tried the Phosphor Bronze. None of the nearby guitar shops had the Phosphor Bronze Lights this time, so I decided to give the 80/20's a try. I think their a bit brighter than the Phosphor Bronze strings.
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#1 Posted : 5/23/2007 6:26:12 PM
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<P>I just put a set of Elixir light-gauge Polywebs (they preceded the Nanowebs, I think) on my my new Taylor, and I really like them.&nbsp; I know they're going to start peeling down the road, but I like the coating and the slick feel.</P>
<P>I'm going to look for a 12-string set of these for my AW-75.</P>
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#2 Posted : 12/17/2007 6:45:27 PM
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Thought I'd bump this thread.

It was about a year ago I joined this forum, and I've since repaired my wonderful AW-75 and purchased two other vintage Ibanez acoustics.

Here are some cool pictures of my AW-75 from when I was restringing it with Martin Silk and Steel strings this past weekend. The woods used on these Artwoods were just exquisite. Just look at the magnificent German spruce used on the soundboard, and the deep mahogany of the body and neck.

And, once again, happy holidays. Ibanez rulez! :) :)





A shot from inside, under the bridge. I could be wrong, but I think that bridge plate is rosewood:



Looking down at the heel block from the inside:



Series 1 headstock with MOP inlay (I think!):





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Chazmo
#3 Posted : 12/29/2007 6:24:56 PM
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Just added an AW-60 to the collection:



The two Artwoods preening:

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#4 Posted : 6/30/2012 6:07:14 PM
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Funny!!! I can't believe I posted this over 5 years ago when I joined. Time really flies. Below are a couple of shots of my series I Artwoods at the height of my collection. I said goodbye to the AW-70 (the one on the right) about 6 months ago. It went to a nice home in western Massachusetts. The AW-60 had gone a year before that out to Colorado. Both were fellow IbanezCollectors.com members.

So, the Series I collection has flowed and ebbed and now only my AW-75 and AW-120 remain. I'll probably still sell the -120 if the right buyer comes along, but the -75 stays till they lay me in the dirt.



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Chazmo
#5 Posted : 8/6/2014 6:47:26 AM
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Funny, another two years later, I'm still posting here. :)

Greetings fellow Ibanez-ers, and especially those who've held onto their old Artwoods.
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#6 Posted : 8/11/2014 9:19:29 AM

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Dear Chazmo, thought I'd let you know there are a few more old (and young) Ibanez nutcases around ;o)



3 x AW75 being played where they feel at home, by the fireside ! I am in the middle.
The guy on the right (Michael) started it all and it was exactly 25 years ago in the same tent that I first heard him playing and singing (he is a fantastic singer/songwriter) which got me started too. From the first time I heard it the sound of his AW75 was out of this world ... I always wanted one. But it was not until 2009 that I finally got one directly from Japan. Since then I was lucky enough to find two more. One I sold again to the young guy on the left. He got hooked to this sound just like I was many moons ago ...

on the left is an AW75DM, matte finish, which I bought NEW from a store only 3 years ago (interesting story behind it ;o)
the middle guitar is AW75 matte finish too
on the right is I believe the oldest AW75, darker colour and glossy finish. I have another one of those.

There was a series 2 (AW on headstock) AW100 in the camp too (Michaels son of course) but he had to leave early and I couldn't get him on the picture.

According to my experience series one can be divided into these 2 types of AW75:
matte finish and lighter wood colour
glossy finish and darker much more brownish colour.
the label of all of them is the same, of course all M.Honda ;o)

I am still not sure which type is the older one. All catalogues only seem to show the matte type, so this should probably the older one. But my impression is that the glossy ones are of higher quality, more refined highs, better response.

So much for now and holiday greetings from germany
Henry
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#7 Posted : 8/12/2014 1:36:40 AM
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That warms my heart, Henry!!!!! Thank you for posting that. I don't think I've ever seen 3 AW-75s in one place before.

And greetings from California!
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