Hi All, I really need some help with choosing a guitar. I have narrowed it down to 2 guitars. I do not live anywhere close to a guitar shop where I could try these out so I have to order online
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please see information on the two guitars I am trying to decide between, below, and offer any advice/help or information you may have that might help me decide between the two. thanks so very much for your help and time. Kathy


Product Features
• Solid Sitka Spruce top
• Vintage open Wilkenson tuners
• 3 11/16" bone nut and bone saddle
• Rosewood fretboard bridge back and sides
• Fishman Presys active electronics with built in EQ and tuner

Product Description
The Morgan Monroe MV-EC-45 Cutaway guitar is a feature-packed dreadnought acoustic-electric with a solid spruce top. You get a classic, open-grained satin finish that allows maximum sound board vibration, for outstanding tone. This affordable guitar features a balanced and articulate design that result in a great "broken-in" feel right out of the box. You'll appreciate the smooth playing neck and the vintage style open geared tuning keys on this guitar.

2. Ibanez Artwood AW300ECEDVS Acoustic Electric Guitar –
Dark Violin Sunburst $399 AMAZON

Product Features
• Body Shape: Dreadnought Body with CutawayNeck: Mahogany Neck, dovetail neck jointBack/Sides: Mahogany Back and SidesTop: Solid Engelmann Spruce TopRosette: Abalone RosetteTuners: Chrome Grover TunersPickup: Fishman Sonicore PickupElectronics: Ibanez SST Shape Shifter Preamp with Onboard TunerOutputs: Balanced 1/4" and XLR OutputsFretboard: Rosewood Bridge and FretboardSaddle: Bone Nut and SaddleBridgePins: Advantage Bridge PinsStrings: D'Addario EXP Strings
• Product Description
• With their full sound, strong bass, and clarity in chording and soloing, dreadnoughts have become the most popular acoustic body style. The AW300ECE dreadnought is a member of the Artwood Traditional Acoustic-Electric series. These performance-level guitars share many features and are distinguished by their body style and woods used. If you need a traditional guitar that can easily switch from acoustic to electric, you've found it here in the Ibanez AW300ECE Artwood Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar. With a Fishman Sonicore Pickup and Ibanez SST Shape Shifter Preamp with Onboard Tuner, players will notice how smooth the transition is from acoustic to electric and back, and it will make playing live gigs so much easier.The Ibanez Artwood AW300ECE has a big Dreadnought body with an even bigger sound. Its solid Engelmann Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides ensures massive tonal output and subtle harmonic response. Other refinements include a bone saddle on a distinctively contoured bridge and a headstock where tradition and modern style co-exist.This Ibanez benefits from sophisticated electronics using a Fishman Sonicore pickup and an Ibanez AEQ-SST Shape Shifter preamp with onboard tuner to faithfully reproduce exquisite acoustic tones at any volume level. The AW300ECE also features both 1/4" and XLR outputs for increased versatility.
a much better alternatice to the 2 you chose i think. i've never even heard of a morgan monroe and not very many here are fans of ibanez( strike me hard cranky, you get one shot)
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
I can't speak in any way toward the Morgan Monroe.

However, if you go the Ibanez route, I suggest you conside this model also: http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_ag_page13.php?data_id=264&color=CL01&year=2013&cat_id=3&series_id=133

This is a solid top, the same electronics, but a JUMBO body.

IMHO. the larger body and different shape works wonders for the bass response. Dreadnoughts tend to be a bit boomy and even a bit loose on the bottom. Not so with a decent jumbo. Plus, in spite of the increase in size, they're a bit more comfortable to play.

All the other things between the Ibanez dreadnought you've chosen, and this model are the same. Solid top, same electronics, same color, yadda, yadda, etc.

Step's suggestion of the Yamaha product is a good one as well.

It's a pity you don't have access to these guitars to try before you buy.

I suspect the Ibanez are not as bad as they're made out to be, but it likely varies on a model by model basis.

My "Exotic Wood" ash model has the best sounding digital chorus ever, integrated into the preamp. But yeah, it's laminate, and doesn't really shine until you plug it in.

The Ibanez preamp only takes 2 AA pen cells, instead of those pain in the ass 9 volt jobbies. The under saddle pickup strip itself, is the actual Fishman part.

You won't find much support for buying anything Ibanez in this forum.

But, I have 2 laminate top jumbos by them. My two are nicely constructed, and are great plug me in guitars. You're dealing with a solid top model, and it would doubtless sound better than either of mine unplugged.

Quote by stepchildusmc
....[ ]..... i've never even heard of a morgan monroe and not very many here are fans of ibanez( strike me hard cranky, you get one shot)
Morgan Monroe also markets many other types of stringed folk instruments. By the prices I'm guessing they're likely Asian in origin.

Adirondack stocks a bunch of them, in right and left hand.

But, I have no idea of their reputation either.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Aug 18, 2013,
Well Kathy, I'm with Step on this one. Very hard beat those Yamaha's. Cheers
Adirondack stock the M & M's huh? i'll have to check them out next time i'm down there. i hate to recommend/comment on anything i haven't gotten my grubby little paws on first( the exception being anything Denny Zager put his name on).
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
I had an Ibanez Artwood in the past. Mine had maple back/sides, so the tone wasn't what I was looking for, but it was very playable and the electronics/built-in tunner were great.
Guitars: Carvin TL-60T, Carvin C750 Acoustic, Squier Strat w/Carvin C22B & AP11's, Alvarez-Yairi DY76 12-string, Eastman MD-605 Mandolin, Fender Mandocaster, Ibanez UKS-10 Ukulele