TCY10 Talman review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (36 votes)
Ibanez: TCY10 Talman
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Price paid: £ 160

Purchased from: UpTempo

Sound — 9
First off the sound without an amp rivals that of many larger acoustics. This guitar is very thin and you could expect there to be limited acoustics but it is suprisingly loud and the tone is very full. The tone settings can be changed, and the changes are again very good and you don't get any dull spots of sound when trying to find more bass/treble. The guitar sounds very good for acoustic rock and punk. If your looking for a more classical sound then you definately want to look elsewhere but for everything else it is almost flawless.

Overall Impression — 9
This guitar, for the price, is absoloutely superb and I would pay well over that price for it if I lost it. I love it. The styling however is not for some people so i would definately try the guitar before you buy (obvious I know). However they are not stocked in many shops in the UK.

Reliability & Durability — 9
The guitar is very solid and for a smaller guitar it feels much more solid then larger counterparts. This is probably due the smaller acoustic space. Would definately be able to withstand plenty of gigs. However the black finish is easily marked by fingerprints so may want to keep a cloth in your bag.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar's setup was reasonably good. There was a little more action then I would of liked but after a bit of fiddling I was able to cancel it out. The only other faults I can find are where the neck joins the body you can see a little bit of glue around the edges. But for a guitar that is only 150 quid you can't complain at all.

Features — 9
This is a 2008 Electro Acoustic Guitar in black. It is made from mahogany and spruce with a rosewood fretboard. It looks absoloutely stunning. The pre amp is very good with volume, treble and bass controls, which work perfectly as you would expect. The only problem that can be slightly annoying is that to use he onboard tuner (which again is very good) you must have a lead plugged into, which if your playing without an amp can be annoying sometimes. The cutaway is the main thing that drew me to the guitar, but it won't be for everyone. But it allows almost limitless higher fretboard access unlike many other acoustics. The tuners are good quality of Ibanez make, and the D'addorio strings sound great.

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    bonebreaker
    great little guitar, was my first "real" guitar. have an alvarez and another ibanez now (acoustic) but have no intention of getting rid of this little baby..