Pros: Thin instrument, super comfortable to play, and sounds amazing plugged in.
Cons: Not a serious classical guitar and doesn't have a coveted tone when unplugged.
One of my favorite genres of guitar is classical guitar. But being that there just is not enough hours in the day to thoroughly study everything that you would like, the Ibanez GA5TCE Classical Guitar is a good choice for someone like me who plays enough to get by in session work. If you are content to go as far as hobby level in the genre of classical guitar playing, then this is an instrument makes the perfect alternative to a world class, high quality instrument used by a serious classical guitarist.
The GA5TCE is a good looking and easy to play instrument. Even if you do not play classical on this instrument, this is a good choice for someone who plays on the recreational level and perhaps does not want to develop the callouses associated with steel strings. At the same time, I do not want to undervalue how good an instrument this is.
The GA5TCE has a spruce top and mahogany backs and sides. It is manufactured with an impressive gloss finish that looks beautiful. In case that you do not know, you want to get into the habit of wiping the instrument down to maintain that finish. Perspiration tends to be acidic and bad for guitar finishes. The tuners are classical guitar style for use with nylon strings which require a little practice to restring, but nothing that should concern you should you decide to purchase this instrument.
The actually body is very thin, relatively light and small; in other words very comfortable to play. While sitting, this is an effortless guitar to play and while standing that same could be said. I want to add that there is not a strap button toward the joint area (where the neck and body connect) so you can use a guitar strap that ties at the headstock or find a modern strap i.e. that has a hook for the soundhole. Some of the earlier models of this guitar did not have the Ibanez acoustic guitar logo on the headstock (like mine), but the newer models of this instrument do have the logo.
One of the pleasant surprises with this guitar has been how good this guitar sounds when plugged into an amplifier. In fact, it sounds very good. I have had this instrument plugged in a regular Line 6 guitar amplifier and an Fender acoustic guitar amplifier. The sound is a warm sound produced by an on board piezo transducer pickup. The EQ on the guitar is very modest with a basic volume and three band EQ system.
I have used this guitar in studio work, some live performances, and weddings. I highly recommend a professional setup because this guitar will play at its best, particularly past the seventh fret toward the soundhole. If you have been looking for a good classical guitar and don't feel like shelling out $1000 and up, give this one a try at you nearest dealer sometime. It is definitely one of the better guitars in its class.
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