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Those Ibanez guitars have plywood fronts, backs, and sides. The fancy hardwood you see is all super-thin veneers over something pale and nondescript.

I think they must have had trouble with the tops warping because they have a huge 1/8" plywood structural assembly beneath the bridge that couples it to the tail block. You can see it if you look in through the soundhole or if you remove the endpin/jack and look in through the tail of the guitar. I like to call it "the bookshelf" because that's almost what it looks like.

So! Not only is the entire body made out of plywood, but there's a huge piece of structural reinforcement impeding movement of the top. They sound pretty pathetic.

Edited by B. Aaron
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