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RAGPICKER
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I'm playing it in a different key
Aug 17th, 2017 09:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got an Ibanez parlor guitar recently and its top is torrified (sp ?) wood and the entire body is open pore. Nice instrument, sounds great. Question is : How or do you even polish this type of wood ? I'm thinking any kind of polish will enter the wood pores and effect the sound. Comments ? Ideas ?

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Aug 18th, 2017 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Ibanez acoustic guitar manual (and their Website on the AVN9 model) contains no care advice for their open-pore tops.

I'm guessing the wood is simply kiln cooked, no grain filler is applied, and then a sanding sealer is applied.

It appears there's no real top-coat finish on these, but there has to be some kind of sealer on the wood to help it remain stable through changes in humidity.

Rather than assume anything, it's probably best to ping Ibanez customer service and ask them the question. They are super responsive and have perhaps one of the best customer service reputations of any large guitar maker. I've always been happy with their responsiveness.

Click the link below.

Select "Technical Question" for the subject of the correspondence.

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I detect the El Supremo
Aug 18th, 2017 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are you sure they didn't mean terrified wood? I'd be scared if I was quarter sawn.

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Aug 18th, 2017 06:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That was a torrible joke :o)

RAGPICKER
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I'm playing it in a different key
Aug 18th, 2017 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's new so I'm not going to do anything yet but I thought I would run it thru here. Thanks for the link, I'll check it out and get back. The wood is extremely vibrant and I sure wouldn't want to ruin it. For a parlor guitar it's a little cannon !

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Aug 19th, 2017 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That a great-looking parlor. I checked out the Ibby Website and thought, I should get me one.

Then better judgment kicked in and I executed the classic military maneuver known as 'getting the hell out of there'. :o)

RAGPICKER
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ARIZONA U.S.A.

I'm playing it in a different key
Aug 19th, 2017 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sent an e-mail Ibanez. Will see what they say.


RAGPICKER
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ARIZONA U.S.A.

I'm playing it in a different key
Aug 21st, 2017 10:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

2 days and no answer from Ibanez. Maybe they haven't considered the consequences and have sent their crack research team into action. Wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off

RAGPICKER
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I'm playing it in a different key
Aug 22nd, 2017 10:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well the verdict is in. Ibanez says use no oils or polish on open pore instruments. Says it will adversely affect tone and appearance.It all sounds right to me. Clean only with a damp microfiber cloth and do not rub too hard.

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