Ibanez launches more affordable version of Tim Henson’s signature nylon-string guitar
Just one of the brand’s many new releases for 2023.
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Following its newly unveiled range of 2023 electric guitars, released as part of the Axe Design Lab range, Ibanez has now added yet another new guitar to its collection.
Dubbed a more-affordable version of the TOD10N – which was made popular by the Polyphia guitarist back in October – the new design is almost identical to the signature model.
Named the FRH10N, similarities shared with the original nylon-string guitar are vast. These include the solid Sitka spruce top with Sapele back and sides, the side-mounted soundhole and the walnut fretboard-topped Nyatoh neck, which comes in a C-shape profile.
Similarly, both designs are structured in a way that can generate Polyphia’s signature flamenco-inspired sound. This is done through the interior construction, which, in both instances, incorporates fan bracing, similar to that of classical guitars.
Priced at $499, significantly less than the $699 original, the FRH10N does, of course, come with some differences from its more expensive counterpart.
These include the undersaddle pickup, which has now changed from a Fishman Sonicore to the brand’s own T-Bar design, and the new singular 9V power source, which replaces the original’s two CR2032 batteries.
Elsewhere, the built-in controls found on Henson’s signature model have been removed and the impressively detailed ‘Tree of Death’ inlays are replaced by simple white dots.
The FRH10N is available to pre-order now and comes in Natural and Brown Sunburst finishes. Find out more about the new nylon-string guitar on Ibanez’s website.