|Ibanez Thermo Aged™ technology turning new Acoustics into Vintage ones.
Ibanez have recently released their new Thermo Aged™ Range of Artwood Vintage Acoustics that have to be seen to be believed. By speeding up the ageing and resin decomposition process that normally takes place over many years (which lets the Top vibrate more freely, thus with more full range volume and projection), Ibanez have created a torrefaction or baking process which helps achieve this.
As Ibanez describe: Only choice selected and seasoned tone wood can be cured to Thermo Aged™ wood. The wood is heated in a vacuum with a specific treatment for each kind of wood in order to release water and decompose resin contained within the wood. As a result, Thermo Aged™ tone wood becomes light, hard and stable like tone wood dried for decades, while providing amazing response and a louder sound. The tone character includes a full-bodied low-end and a great smooth sustain in the treble strings which are common features of vintage guitars. Plus, the Thermo Aged™ process turns spruce tops amber, adding another vintage characteristic. Truly amazing stuff.
Click the picture above to check out some more info on this process and the prices of these Guitars will also amaze you...