Ibanez GA5TCE Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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Ibanez takes nylon to another level with the GA5TCE by incorporating a single cutaway design and a piezo pickup. This beauty is fashioned from fine mahogany and topped with spruce for rich, warm lows and sweet sustain. The top is glossed up for elegance rarely found in this price range. To make sure your sound is accurately reproduced, Ibanez installed a Piezo transducer and a custom preamp with 3-band EQ. Case not included.
Things You Will Get:
- Acoustic Electric Guitar
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- Price! Well made. Looks nice.
- Thin line! Shallow body, 'thin' sound.
- Simple 'folk' style perhaps, not for classical
Comments about Ibanez GA5TCE Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I ordered this guitar two days ago, and received it today.
Although I was a bit hesitant to buy a guitar without first trying it, I took the plunge .. based on the brand name alone: I've had an Ibanez GA80S since the early 80's and it has been an excellent guitar.
I now wanted an classical guitar with a pickup element.
I probably should have done some more research: while it looks like a very nicely crafted guitar, I was NOT prepared, at all, to receive a 'thin line' guitar (I suppose that's what the 'T' stands for in GA5TCE), meaning it has a very shallow body, and consequently the sound is a bit 'thin' as well.
The bass strings sound punchy, but the treble strings lack brilliance. (Maybe better strings can help here, maybe higher tension ones, have to experiment).
So, yeah, the 'thin line' thing: unless you're familiar with the Ibanez product codes, nothing, neither the picture nor the description, mentions this is a thin line guitar: If you expect a full body classical guitar, with a full warm sound, then this is a major let down. It can still be a good guitar, just not what I meant to order: it doesn't fit me well .. the thin body simply doesn't feel right on my leg.
So, it's partially (Sam Ash could have done a better job describing the product) my own fault (not doing more research, buying online, etc), so I don't know what to do.
But if Sam Ash would consider taking it back, then I would probably consider upgrading it to the more expensive Yamaha CG172SF (flamenco).
Having said all that, for a nylon string guitar with piezo element, and if you can live with the shallow body and 'thinner' sound, it's a steal at that price.
But again, for 'real' serious classical guitar work: this is not the right guitar .. it's more a 'campfire' guitar.
Note: The picture here shows the 'electronics' (knobs etc) on the body above the wide part of the body .. my version of this guitar actually had them close to the neck (where they should be, so as not to hinder your right arm!
- Was this a gift?: