Ibanez EWP14 Review & Prices

Ibanez EWP14 Review
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  • From Ibanez's 2016 EWP series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 17"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Ovangkol top
  • Ovangkol back
  • Ovangkol sides
  • Okoume neck
  • Purpleheart fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Purpleheart bridge
  • Acoustic EWP Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Ibanez tuners
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 82
Sound 74
Build quality 57
Value for money 86
Overall Score 71
Tone Evaluation
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez EWP14
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • Low-Quality Material Saddle
  • Laminated Top Wood
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Price Overview

Its average competitor's price is $430, which means that the Ibanez EWP14 is around 53% cheaper than the competition. This takes into account all instruments of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in China.

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Is it Easy to Play?

The Ibanez EWP14 meets 6 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

New Player Friendliness

Ibanez EWP14
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Soft Strings
  • Locking tuners

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Ibanez EWP14's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Ibanez EWP14's 17" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Ibanez EWP14 Scale Length Comparison
Ibanez EWP14's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is a short scale guitar, which is great for new players. It will allow you to press down the strings without hurting your fingers so much, and makes it easier to reach difficult chords. However, this also means that you won't be able to lower the action too much.

Also, short scales give less space for the harmonics to breath, so this ends up making the tone of the guitar sound more 'bassy' than a loger scale where there's more separation between harmonics, which gives the tone more chime.

Neck Profile

Ibanez EWP14 Neck Profile
Ibanez EWP14's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Ibanez EWP14's neck thickness is approximately 0.787'' (20mm) at the first fret, and 0.827'' (21mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Ibanez website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Ibanez EWP14 has a 15.748" fingerboard radius.

Here's an image comparing this fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Ibanez EWP14 Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Ibanez EWP14's fretboard radius compared to others

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Ibanez EWP14 has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

Ibanez EWP14
This model
17'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
27'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.772'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
17'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Ibanez EWP14 Nut Width
Ibanez EWP14 Nut Width

The Ibanez EWP14 has a nut width of 42mm (1.654''). This is considered a narrow width for a 6-string guitar. This means that this guitar will have a narrower string separation at the nut, which will affect your fretting hand.

If you are a player with big hands, you might find it difficult to play chords without muting strings. However, this is good for players who have smaller hands, as it will allow them to reach each string more easily at the nut.

Frets

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Ibanez EWP14 Fret Size Comparison
Ibanez EWP14's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Ibanez EWP14's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 90
Chord Playability 85
Solo Playability 70
Playability 82

Tone Analysis

The type of wood and even the shape of the body will have a lot of influence in the final tone of an acoustic guitar. Here's we'll talk about what kind of tone you can expect from its specs.

Wood

Ovangkol wood pattern used for guitar building
Ovangkol Top, Back, Sides
Okoume wood pattern used for guitar building
Okoume Neck
Purpleheart wood pattern used for guitar building
Purpleheart Fretboard

Ovangkol Top, Back and Sides: It's a beautiful wood that's popular for acoustic guitars. Its tone sits somewhere between rosewood and mahogany, meaning it has a punchy low-end and nice mid-range.

Okoume Neck: It's an affordable wood and it was one of the first to replace Mahogany when prohibitions started. It's generally softer than Mahogany and the tone has warmer lows.

Purpleheart Fretboard: Also known as Amaranth, it's a hard, dense wood with a brilliant tone. As its name suggests, the purple color makes this wood look exotic.

Pickups

This acoustic guitar doesn't come with preamp pickups, so you won't be able to connect it directly to an amplifier. Instead, you'll need to use an external microphone.

Sound Score

Sustain 60
Versatility 70
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 74

Build Quality Analysis

Country of Origin

Knowing where the instrument is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive instruments are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Ibanez EWP14 is made in China. So you can expect lower build quality when compared to others made in Korea, Japan or the United States. Guitars made in this country are meant for mass production, which translates into less attention to detail and quality control. This doesn't mean the product is made poorly at all. Chinese products have a bad reputation since long ago, but they've definitely improved a lot the last few years.

Still, remember that we're taking about Ibanez here, which is a brand with good renown. They know how to use cheap labor in this country without sacrificing too much quality. So you shouldn't end up receiving a useless or ugly instrument.

Bridge

Purpleheart: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure it stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Ibanez EWP14 has a Plastic nut. This is a low-quality nut that you might want to consider upgrading soon. Bone and TUSQ nuts are the best for guitars with a fixed or simple tremolo bridge.

Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 51
Features 65
Quality Control 55
Build Quality 57

All Specs

Ibanez EWP14
General
Brand: Ibanez
Year: 2016
Configuration:
Strings: 6
Made in: China
Series: EWP
Colors:
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Ovangkol
Bridge: Purpleheart
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Ibanez
Fretboard: Purpleheart
Neck Material: Okoume
Decoration: Maple Dot inlay
Scale Size: 17"
Shape: Acoustic EWP
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.787'' (20mm) - 12th Fret: 0.827'' (21mm)
Frets: 19 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 15.748"
Nut: Plastic
Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'')
Electronics
Switch: 0 Way
Knobs:
Volume Controls: 0
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: ( / )

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