Price paid: $ 720
Purchased from: Instrumental Influence
Sound — 8
The sound is very unique, very bright and crisp tone. Sounds good when playing just chords. One of the most fun parts of this guitar is the preamp. It has reverb, chorus, distortion, phaser, and an onboard tuner. With its 5 way switch, you can make it sound like a regular electric guitar, just be careful when playing with the gain. I have used it both unplugged and through several amps including a Bugera 333; all with have very appealing sound quality. The 5 setting on the swich are as follows: - Overdrive - Acoustic Overdrive - Off - Clean Acoustic - Clean The Overdrive can get out of hand, if you have the gain set wrong on the guitar; producing an extremely loud ring. Other than that there are no "Major" issues with the sound.
Overall Impression — 8
Through and through this guitar is great for a musician who is looking for an electric acoustic to play through an amp, great for really any "acoustic style" music and some. I have owned this guitar for about 6 months now and I'm so happy I got it, the only irritating thing about this guitar is when you drop something inside it... Sounds stupid but if you drop something in it, well it may never come out. I play at a music store and had about 20 other acoustics to choose from, against Border Creeks, Fenders, a Gibson, and several Martins.. I fell in love with this one, being an electric guitarist at heart this one just felt so smooth and handled well. What I just love about it so much is the feeling of the neck, its definately an Ibanez guitar! Its rather expensive but, in the long run you won't regret this little baby!
Reliability & Durability — 9
The guitar is definitely made to play through an amp, but doesn't necessarily need one. Its ideal for a group that uses Acoustic guitars. The hardware is firm and put together well, just don't forget to turn off your tuner; it sucks the batteries like a wireless Boss pedal. The Strap buttons are super wide and can be a hassle to put the strap on, but once on, that sucker isn't coming off for anyone. The finish is very strong, through the hours of play it still looks brand new after a quick polish.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The factory setup was... Mediocre at best. The strings were really bad, and was not in tune in the slightest. The guitar looked dingy.. But a pack of strings and a quick polish solved that very quickly. The pickup is still the same as the day I took her home, with no complaints at all. Aesthetic it is quite a handsome looking guitar, the light Cedar is very nice and the deep rosewood really compliment each other. Nothing was loose, and no cosmetic flaws.
Features — 8
- 20 Jumbo frets - Mahogany neck - Rosewood sides and back - Cedar top - Natural High Gloss finish - Semi Jumbo with cutaway - Ibanez gold cast tunners (non-locking) - 4 tone controllers - 1 master volume - 5 way switch - AP9 Electric pickup - HBP preamp with an onboard tuner - No accessories