#1
Hello,

I'm looking at buying a semi-acoustic steelstring (preferably with cutout) next to my Alhambra 3C classical. I'm thinking of picking up an Ibanez AEL10 because I've read a couple of very positive reviews about them. It seems to be a somewhat rarer model though, because I can't find alot of info about it on the web. Does anyone here have it or have experience with it, or rather recommend a different model? I'm looking to play sort of rock/ballad style (e.g. acoustic songs like Staind, Shinedown, 3DD, etc.), and price range is 300 euro's max (which is about $400-450 I guess).

Regards,


Azu
#2
Its rare because it has been discontinued i do believe.
When you say semi-acoustic you just been being able to plug it in and play through an amp or PA yeah? Because the correct terminology there is acoustic-electric. Semi acoustic usually refers to hollow body electric guitars. Just to avoid confusion...

Anyway, I would not get that guitar. First thing wrong is that it's an Ibanez, and even though I try to not generalise brands as much as possible, Ibanez acoustic guitars are pretty terrible. Their quality control is extremely dodgy and I often hear reports of people getting brand new with fretbuzz all over the fretboard or with electronics that just don't work. Most people around here with a good bit of experience with guitars will tell you the same too. Also, as well as those general issues associated with Ibanez, it doesnt have a solid spruce top, it is made completely of laminate woods, and therefore will not sound to flash.

In your price range, check out whichever Alvarez's are in your price range (Sorry, I'm not up with exchange rates at the moment and have no idea how much guitars are marked up or down compared to American or Australian prices), same with Takamines. There are other good brands out there, but for acoustic-electrics, they are the main brands that stand out in my mind.
#3
Ibanez acoustics don't get a lot of love around here -- and for good reason. They are not very well built, and don't sound all that great. Steer away from them, unless you can find one of the old Concord Series -- IMO, one of the best ever made, and hard to find too -- people do not part with them.
#4
Thanks for the comments. Indeed this community seems somewhat averted to Ibanez acoustics, judging also from other threads ^^ I'm now looking at a Yamaha APX 500/CPX 700. Somewhat pricier, but I've read positive stuff about the Yamaha as well. Any thoughts?

(Note: naturally I will still go to the dealer and play it myself and not just blindly follow an internet forum, it's just that not every dealer has every guitar and I want to determine which dealer to go to, since it's quite a drive)
#5
Quote by Azunaii
Thanks for the comments. Indeed this community seems somewhat averted to Ibanez acoustics, judging also from other threads ^^ I'm now looking at a Yamaha APX 500/CPX 700. Somewhat pricier, but I've read positive stuff about the Yamaha as well. Any thoughts?

(Note: naturally I will still go to the dealer and play it myself and not just blindly follow an internet forum, it's just that not every dealer has every guitar and I want to determine which dealer to go to, since it's quite a drive)

Yamaha would be a wise choice to look into. Honestly, I'd just play every guitar in your price range, no matter what the name.
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#6
Quote by Azunaii
Thanks for the comments. Indeed this community seems somewhat averted to Ibanez acoustics, judging also from other threads ^^ I'm now looking at a Yamaha APX 500/CPX 700. Somewhat pricier, but I've read positive stuff about the Yamaha as well. Any thoughts?

(Note: naturally I will still go to the dealer and play it myself and not just blindly follow an internet forum, it's just that not every dealer has every guitar and I want to determine which dealer to go to, since it's quite a drive)


A wise choice -- play it first. I have an Ibanez Sage that I use for a "beater" and it does feel okay, but sounds weak. You're the one that's going to have to live with your choice and it's a smart decision to try everyhing and decide for yourself.