#1
hey guys.. any of you got this guitar?.. it's an iobanez aeg8 model in natural finish.. it's price is not that high, could any of you share me an insight or an experience with this guitar?.. any issues?..
#2
Looks pretty nice. There is a review of it on this site. Go check it out.

How did I find this out? Google. Tsk tsk.
#4
^ What he said...

In addition, remember that playing the instruments yourself trumps ANY glowingly positive review or feedback you find online. But if a large number of people are uniformly negative on something (e.g. Ibanez acoustics on this forum), you can bet that's a red flag to stay away from it.
#5
because here in our country, i hear a lot of good things about ibanez.. being affordable guitars with good quality.. so i'm prospecting on this model.. i've read the reviews, thanks.. although there are better models, i prefer this one because of it's cutaway shape and natural color.. are ibanez acoustics that bad?..
#6
Yep they are. Regular problems with extensive fretbuzz and faulty electronics. Also, they just sound bad. I have yet to play a guitar with a laminate top that sounds good, and these low end Ibanez's all have laminate tops.

May I ask what country your in and how much your willing to spend along with any other requirements/preferences? Theres usually something else much better than an Ibanez no matter where you are in the world. Yamaha's seem extremely common almost everywhere you go, and they're cheap, high quality, sound good and play well. There are plenty of other good brands around for this sort of money, but your choices may differ depending on your country.
#7
i'm from the philippines sir.. i really don't like dreadnaught styles that much because i'm quite a short person and they seem too big for my physique although i can play one.. my budget is around 10,000-15,000pesos or roughly around 300 USD.. i think yamaha's guitars within that price range are all dreadnaughts.. their cpx and apx series are quite costly here reaching around 25,000pesos or around 600 USD.. i really prefer thinlines with cutaway design.

my friend has one and the action is pretty good and low.. i was instantly amazed with it.. only a few good brands are available here in our country.. yamaha, ibanez, takamine(hard to find stores with this brand), ovation, dean, squier, washburn, godin, fender, and rj.. some really really good brands are not available here..

also, ibanez is regarded here as an affordable and quality instrument..
#8
Well it terms of acoustic I'd cross Dean and Squire off the list, and Fender actually.

Look, if thats whats available then do what feels right for you. I won't recommend an Ibanez. for this price I'd recommend Yamaha and Takamine (if you can get one within your price range, i know in Australia they are marker up a lot compared to American prices) but, if you really dont want a dreadnought then don't get a dreadnought cos you wont play it as much. Personally, I don't like thinline bodies (they sound very err... thin?) and I don't like Ibanezs for the reasons I mentioned above but if thinkline cutaway is your thing, i know Takamine make a couple, but as with the Yamaha APX/CPX models they will probably be out of your price range.

As long as you play the Ibanez and really make sure the quality is up to scratch then you will be fine. I would still never consider them quality (affordable, yes. value for money and quality? not really) but so long as you are happy, thats the main thing. Go play one, and play some Yamaha's and whatever else is around that is in your price range, and buy the guitar that you feels is best. If thats the Ibanez then go for the Ibanez.

Good luck mate!
#9
wow that's an awesome reply sir.. thanks you very much...you really help me a lot with regards to acoustics.. may i ask how long you have been playing?.. well, the ibanez sounds good when plugged in an amp though..
#10
No problem at all.

I have been playing for about a year and a half, just i spend too much time on the internet reading about this sort of stuff rather than playing.

Let us know what you end up getting. It's always good to hear about a new purchase.
#11
i've been playing for about three years now.. i also have a band, i'm only 18 years old so my budget is really depends on my parents.. i'm still in college so my band and i seldom play or practice that's why i'm doing some solo stuff.. i am the vocalist and our rythm guitarist (part time soloist too) so i know i can really stand on my own..

i just needed help on acoustics 'coz i'm eager to buy one.. anyway, i'll check out some guitars on the stores and see where i'll end up.. it's really kinda hard to choose a guitar here in the philippines because a certain music store carries only some brands then the next music store which carries other brands is really far.. and it's very time-consuming ang gasoline-consuming going from one mall to another..
#12
apologies for posting 2 months after yu guys finished
honestly, johnos. yu dont know what your talking about. Ibanez are a briliant acoustic brand and yu having all this stuff about them after playing for a year and a half is frusturating! i have been playing for 8 years and i only play an ibanez, they have an amzing clarity and brilliance to them and are amazing for their price.
if michael eizinger from incubus choses to play one, along with steve vai. i think they would have a tad more experience than you mate.
#13
Quote by JayVeeBee
apologies for posting 2 months after yu guys finished
honestly, johnos. yu dont know what your talking about. Ibanez are a briliant acoustic brand and yu having all this stuff about them after playing for a year and a half is frusturating! i have been playing for 8 years and i only play an ibanez, they have an amzing clarity and brilliance to them and are amazing for their price.
if michael eizinger from incubus choses to play one, along with steve vai. i think they would have a tad more experience than you mate.

Seeing as how I've repaired and sold them for over six years, I know what I'm talking about. They're crap. I had to sweat over them for hundreds of hours, long after closing, trying to get them into some playable condition. They would ship in from the factory with broken saddles, loose electronics, cracked bridges, misshapen nuts, spotted finishes, and extreme neck warping. I did the statistics, and approximately one out of every ten Ibanez acoustics are playable from the factory. Conversely, I barely ever had to do any set up at all on Seagull, Epiphone, Yamaha, Godin, etc.

Frankly, those artists can afford custom work from the company. They aren't actually playing the instruments they push to you in the catalogs. If you're gullible to believe they are, your opinion doesn't really count, anyways.

Also, don't bump a dead thread.

Edit: one more problem that many other people on this board have also encountered is terrible glue overhang on Ibanez guitars. Glue would be seeping out from the fretboard, the binding, and all over the bracing.
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#14
Quote by JayVeeBee
apologies for posting 2 months after yu guys finished
honestly, johnos. yu dont know what your talking about. Ibanez are a briliant acoustic brand and yu having all this stuff about them after playing for a year and a half is frusturating! i have been playing for 8 years and i only play an ibanez, they have an amzing clarity and brilliance to them and are amazing for their price.
if michael eizinger from incubus choses to play one, along with steve vai. i think they would have a tad more experience than you mate.


Sure, but I highly doubt that the professional musicians you idolize are playing these low-end laminates. And there isn't a lot of interest for Ibanez guitars in higher-end circles either, I'm afraid. It's really a flawed argument. It also tends to diminish your credibility when you claim that you will only play a certain brand - that makes you a fanboy, and fanboys are by definition biased and unreasonable. So think twice about making such statements if you want to be taken seriously.
#15
Dean makes good $300 acoustics, and I own one, and it owns a lot of Martin's. It's all about the guitar, my Dean's action is like an electric, not in the sky like a lot of top end acoustics. And it sounds great recorded.
#16
Quote by Matt Chavie
Dean makes good $300 acoustics, and I own one, and it owns a lot of Martin's. It's all about the guitar, my Dean's action is like an electric, not in the sky like a lot of top end acoustics. And it sounds great recorded.


Maybe the crappy Martins. If you mean anything over a 15 series, then you're sadly mistaken. Sorry, I don't mean to pick on you, but I absolutely cannot stand it when people say their cheap guitars are better than high end guitars. Just, no. No. The intonation on all cheap guitars are just plain horrible compared to guitars of most reputable high end guitar companies. I have a $300 Art & Lutherie. Wonderful guitar without a doubt, but the intonation on that vs. my martin is just garbage. My A&L sounds wonderful. It has a character of it's own, but there is no way on earth that it sounds better than my martin.

I've played dozens of guitars around $300, and absolutely NONE of them have the tonal complexity of a good high end guitar. That's why they're high end. I can appreciate that some cheap guitars have amazing quality for what you pay, but if you think your(not aimed at you specifically Matt Chavie) $300 guitar can stand up to my 16 series martin, then bring it. For the most part, you get what you pay for. Don't fool yourselves into thinking your cheapo guitar can compare to other better guitars out there just because your guitar was good for the price.

As for the action. Action is adjustable. It is not a valid point to say that your guitar's action is better than another. Any guitar decent guitar, properly set up, will play quite well. Playability, on the other hand, is a very valid point to compare from one guitar to another.


As for JayVeeBee's comment:
Please. Your 8 years of playing experience don't mean a lot to be honest. It means you can probably play the guitar. It doesn't mean you're good. Neither does it mean that you're knowledgeable about acoustic guitars. I know dozens of guitarists who've played guitars for God knows how long and still don't know half as much as I do about acoustic guitars. I also know plenty of guitarists who don't understand the concept of bright and warm sounds, but can play better than myself. Like Johnos, I also probably read up about guitars more than I play, and theres nothing wrong with that. I'm more intrigued with the instrument itself than I am intrigued with actually playing it.

Anyway my point is, it doesnt matter if steve vai or the guy from incubus uses Ibanez acoustics. They get their own custom guitars. Also, steve vai or the incubus guy aren't well known for being acoustic guitarists. You won't find any famous acoustic guitarists using any Ibanez at all because there are plenty of better brands to choose from.

EDIT: sorry, but i just had to rant a bit on some matters that bother me.
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#17
Quote by captivate
Maybe the crappy Martins. If you mean anything over a 15 series, then you're sadly mistaken. Sorry, I don't mean to pick on you, but I absolutely cannot stand it when people say their cheap guitars are better than high end guitars. Just, no. No. The intonation on all cheap guitars are just plain horrible compared to guitars of most reputable high end guitar companies. I have a $300 Art & Lutherie. Wonderful guitar without a doubt, but the intonation on that vs. my martin is just garbage. My A&L sounds wonderful. It has a character of it's own, but there is no way on earth that it sounds better than my martin.

I've played dozens of guitars around $300, and absolutely NONE of them have the tonal complexity of a good high end guitar. That's why they're high end. I can appreciate that some cheap guitars have amazing quality for what you pay, but if you think your(not aimed at you specifically Matt Chavie) $300 guitar can stand up to my 16 series martin, then bring it. For the most part, you get what you pay for. Don't fool yourselves into thinking your cheapo guitar can compare to other better guitars out there just because your guitar was good for the price.

As for the action. Action is adjustable. It is not a valid point to say that your guitar's action is better than another. Any guitar decent guitar, properly set up, will play quite well. Playability, on the other hand, is a very valid point to compare from one guitar to another.


As for JayVeeBee's comment:
Please. Your 8 years of playing experience don't mean a lot to be honest. It means you can probably play the guitar. It doesn't mean you're good. Neither does it mean that you're knowledgeable about acoustic guitars. I know dozens of guitarists who've played guitars for God knows how long and still don't know half as much as I do about acoustic guitars. I also know plenty of guitarists who don't understand the concept of bright and warm sounds, but can play better than myself. Like Johnos, I also probably read up about guitars more than I play, and theres nothing wrong with that. I'm more intrigued with the instrument itself than I am intrigued with actually playing it.

Anyway my point is, it doesnt matter if steve vai or the guy from incubus uses Ibanez acoustics. They get their own custom guitars. Also, steve vai or the incubus guy aren't well known for being acoustic guitarists. You won't find any famous acoustic guitarists using any Ibanez at all because there are plenty of better brands to choose from.

EDIT: sorry, but i just had to rant a bit on some matters that bother me.



Then, I must have played some really **** $1000+ Martin's the only expensive acoustic I've ever played and been amazed with is a Guild. And I didn't mean that my guitar>all martins or other brands, it's just that it really has a lot to do with the guitar because there are a lot of variables. Nice rant though.
#18
Quote by Matt Chavie
Dean makes good $300 acoustics, and I own one, and it owns a lot of Martin's. It's all about the guitar, my Dean's action is like an electric, not in the sky like a lot of top end acoustics. And it sounds great recorded.

It's not "all about action" at all; may I ask what particular Martin's you compared against and what model Dean you have?

I'll second you on the Guild, though; I own one and love it.
#19
^^ Agree about action not being a determinative factor at all in judging quality. In fact there are many guitarists who prefer higher action, such as bluegrass players. Also some blues players, and even those who strum very aggressively.