Not many manufacturers would invest the time & money into shorter-scaled guitars. These models are lesser in demand due to a niche appeal. It is therefore good to see that this Summer, Ibanez has the AE245JR out for those of us who embrace a smaller make acoustic. This isn’t a fresh take on a scaled down AE, three years back, Ibanez had the AE205JR which is still in the current catalog (CLICK). This version features a solid okoume top & a katalox fretboard. If you think the latter wood is a synthetic feature, know that it’s another name for Mexican ebony.