One of my big ’causes’ is to remind players that 7 and 8-string guitars don’t just have to be for djent – you can play all sorts of styles on these instruments. Classical guitars with extra strings may not be super common but they’re nothing new. Yet when Ibanez makes them, it’s big news. Ibanez knows probably better than anyone how to make extended-range instruments, and these guitars are bound to inspire new musical styles and explorations. At NAMM this year Ibanez showed three extended-range acoustics: two 7s and an 8. Here they are:
The G207CWC 7-string classical model has a Solid German spruce top with classical mosaic design rosette, and Mahogany back, sides and neck. It’s a true acoustic – no preamp or pickup here.
The G208CWC 8-string classical model has the same basic specs as the 7-string version but looks a little more symmetrical. It’s got a very comfortable neck which is important when you consider that classical guitars by definition require a much wider fretboard and string spacing than electrics, dreadnoughts and the like.
The AEL207E is a 7-string steel-string acoustic with a treble side cutaway, Fishman® Sonicore Pickup & Ibanez SST Shape Shifter Preamp with Onboard Tuner, Balanced XLR and 1/4″ Outputs, Flamed Maple top, Maple back and sides, Mahogany neck with Rosewood fretboard, and a Transparent Black Sunburst High Gloss finish.