Ibanez first offered a 7-string acoustic more than a decade ago and it was a very cool guitar, but then the 7-string sort of drifted off for a bit. Now, of course, 7-strings and 8-strings are huge, and pretty much every company makes one or is planning to as we speak. Now Ibanez is bringing back the 7-string acoustic in the form of the AEL207E. It has a Flamed Maple top, Maple back and sides, Mahogany neck, a Fishman Sonicore pickup and Ibanez’s SST Shape Shifter preamp with onboard tuner. In addition to the 1/4″ output jack there’s a balanced XLR jack is included for direct connection to a PA system. The Ibanez SST Shape Shifter preamp has a 3-band EQ and tone shaper, as well as phase reverse for feedback reduction.