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Ibanez Daytripper DTME Mini Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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This is one case of downsizing that makes sense!

No need to settle for a so-called travel guitar or student model in order to get the portability you need. The Daytripper guitar is a smaller sibling to Ibanez's acclaimed AE acoustic electric series with standard tuning, total playability, and full-sized tone without the bulk. The mini-dreadnought body has a spruce top, rosewood fretboard and bridge, mahogany neck, back, and sides, and a shimmering high-gloss finish. Body dimensions: 12.5"W x 18"L x 3.5"D.

FEATURES
  • Standard tuning
  • Full-sized tone without the bulk
  • Mini-dreadnought body has a spruce top
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Mahogany neck, back, and sides
  • Shimmering high-gloss finish
SPECIFICATIONS

Daytripper DTME Mini Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Body dimensions: 12.5"W x 18"L x 3.5"D.
  • 22.5" scale
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4.3

(based on 17 reviews)

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Decent for kickin' around

I purchased the Daytripper in the hopes of finding a travel guitar with an as-close-to-full-sized-guitar sound and quality to take abroad and to generally make traveling with my favorite instrument easier to do. After...Read complete review

I purchased the Daytripper in the hopes of finding a travel guitar with an as-close-to-full-sized-guitar sound and quality to take abroad and to generally make traveling with my favorite instrument easier to do. After going to Thailand and India a few years ago with a full-sized Cort 12-string acoustic that I used as a 6 string, a well-constructed smaller version would have been ideal. I was initially attracted to its true wood construction, in that Ibanez says it's not HPL construction (High Pressure Laminate). The design of the body and overall feel of the instrument is excellent. It feels great to move around the neck (even with large hands), and the cutaway makes it a pleasure to work the upper register. There is little to no difference in how it feels from a full-sized acoustic, except that it's easier to get around with and across the neck and obviously the lack of bulk.Acoustically, the sound is crisp with solid mid and high tones, but is lacking in ringing out the low tones. It's as if the low E string may as well be a backup singer who loudly whispers, due, no doubt, to the small body size. The action is very good (around 1/8th inch gap).I amplified it through a Crate K100 combo amp, and the sound was good. I especially liked the options of bass and treble volume in addition to the actual volume control. Options are key! It still has a tendency to ring through with the distant rattle of an amplified acoustic (not from shoddy construction; more in the sense of alluding to that general sound), but that can be compensated for through the tonal volume options and effects pedals if that's your style. If you're looking for an acoustic/electric that has the tonal presence of an acoustic while amplified, this may not be the guitar for you, but good luck finding that in such a small scale guitar anyway.I gave it a couple of weeks playing with a new set of Elixer light strings to set in before deciding that this otherwise fine sounding instrument for the size was not worth my time, given that I felt so much time was spent tuning it. The falsetto tunings don't quite match the 5th fret tunings, and that would generally be a good indicator of an instrument that's made well. Every time I tuned it, then played it for about 1 minute (including some bending of the strings), the bent strings would be out of tune. After a month of use and with the returns deadline approaching, I decided to keep it. It had been sitting unused for the last week in a room whose humidity control was on the very low side of "ideal", and upon testing the tuning found only the B string to need tuning. That's pretty good given the conditions.This was the least expensive traditionally-designed (as opposed to the Martin "Backpacker") travel guitar of this quality. I had considered the smaller Martin models, but am not a fan of laminate construction, and to do it right with a Martin solid wood construction would cost hundreds more, before adding the pickups. If you can get over the fact that they're made in China, you should be able to appreciate this little spitfire. It's a fine guitar to kick around with place to place, and easier to do so.

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Value is what you get here

This travel guitar far surpasses thr Taylor Baby (a lot for me to admit for I own 3 very high end Taylors)and the Martin travel. The low E is somewhat muted and that...Read complete review

This travel guitar far surpasses thr Taylor Baby (a lot for me to admit for I own 3 very high end Taylors)and the Martin travel. The low E is somewhat muted and that can be a little frustrating at times but you have to remember how much you are paying for this Guitar. The onboard electronics perform well through an AER compact 60 amp and it is a fun little guitar to always have at the ready.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Highly Overated

By CannonMan

from Woodland,Ca

This guitar is very overated this is my sons first guitar from his grandmother,the actual size is perfect for a child and looks are fabulous,but the action is terrible and sounds as if it were made by Fisher Price.I've seen guitars for cheap 5 times better than this one just not as small,the problem is I love many Ibanez Guitars but this isn't one of them,Try One before you buy one

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Biggest Little Guitar in the World

By Chuck Ruff

from Reno, Nevada

Plays like a dream and then some... Very hot pickup so be careful... Sounds great without plugging it in as well... This is a dream guitar...

 
5.0

Small-Potent-Portable!

By That Man's got a Guitar

from Manchester, NH-USA

I bought mine in '99 or thereabouts...I had been using a Martin "backpacker" for ease of transport but found this lil' blue Ibanez was much more comfortable and had a much better tone. Action and appointments are very good and the built-in electronics with 2-band passive EQ was very impressive. After a couple months and changing to .011 guage "medium" accoustic DR strings it really came "alive"--which makes sense-on a short-scale instument a heavier string will have more tension on it tuned to concert pitch and it bumped up the sound and playing quality a solid 2 notches. It was then that I happened past an open mic night and, having a free evening, stopped in and played a quick little set. EVERY other player wanted to check out the lil Baby Blue and most couldn't believe that aside from the heavier strings it was a stock factory Ibanez. This is not a cheap "toy" guitar-it is a small, economical, well-thought and designed instument. Women seemed especially entranced by it's small size and releived that it's full-featured. Yes, there are volume problems with your low-"e" string--not due it's pricepoint but rather the physics of it's size-how often do you find 5" Bass speakers? Something I've done a few times is to replace the low "E" with a high "e" (shimming the nut slot with a paper match) which makes for a very pleasent "ringy-zingy" sound. All-in-all whether playing the forest, the parking lot or the local stages a fantastic and versatile instrument that makes up in character and availability (why leave it home? It's small and light and can be strummed through red lights...) any flaws it's performace has when (unfairly) compared to full-size instuments. Action was fine "out of the box" and aside from expected maintenence chores, restringing and cleaning, has weathered life in New England well for over 5 years. I strongly suggest that unless you're an absolute beginner (and probaly even then) that you bump up the string guage a notch or two to provide better tension and intonation-not to say 009s and 010 sets don't work-they do, but not a well (to my ears at least) as 011s. I haven't gone to 012 sets because it didn't seem to need to go heavier. But enough reading-try one out-you won't regret it and will probably find that having a "guit-box" you can bring almost anywhere will allow you to play more and ultimately make YOU a better player.

 
5.0

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By Valerie Voelker

from Fairborn Ohio

It is an awesome gutiar and it is wonderful to travel with. Oh, and you gotta love the blueness!

 
5.0

Best Travel Guitar Out There!!!

By Henry Hu

from Santa Clara, CA

Brought it with me to Shanghai, China and Hawaii. It fits in the overhead compartment, no problem. The little thing sounds great and it rivals my Ovation CS257. The only thing I can complain about it is the weak low E string, but given its small size, oh well. I'd give it 9 1/2 star.

 
5.0

I own it

By Tallahassee Picker

from Tallahassee Florida

I have 9 guitars and this one gets used a lot. My son loves it and we fight over using it. Great action for small hands which I have and so does he. To quote him " It's awesome."

 
3.0

Value is what you get here

By TaylorMr.

from Sacramento, CA

This travel guitar far surpasses thr Taylor Baby (a lot for me to admit for I own 3 very high end Taylors)and the Martin travel. The low E is somewhat muted and that can be a little frustrating at times but you have to remember how much you are paying for this Guitar. The onboard electronics perform well through an AER compact 60 amp and it is a fun little guitar to always have at the ready.

 
5.0

Sounds and plays great.

By Fredman

from Dallas, TX

The easiest playing guitar I have ever tried. Bought it mainly for the unique tone. Picked it up in the guitar shop and could not put it down!

 
4.0

Big sound, easier to hold than a Martin backpack

By EVHstillda1

from Seattle, WA, USA

I had a Martin backpacker for about 2 weeks, before I exchanged it for the Ibanez Daytripper. I wanted a guitar that would easily fit in an overhead bin on an airplane. This one does, and I use a soft case by Taylor. Works well and sounds great!! Easy to tote to class or in your car. Plugs into my system at home and sounds nearly as good as my Ovation. Fretboard is scaled down so playing fast riffs can get rough, but it still is sweet for such a small instrument you can take with you!

 
4.0

Decent for kickin' around

By Dodell

from Gt. Barrington, MA

I purchased the Daytripper in the hopes of finding a travel guitar with an as-close-to-full-sized-guitar sound and quality to take abroad and to generally make traveling with my favorite instrument easier to do. After going to Thailand and India a few years ago with a full-sized Cort 12-string acoustic that I used as a 6 string, a well-constructed smaller version would have been ideal. I was initially attracted to its true wood construction, in that Ibanez says it's not HPL construction (High Pressure Laminate). The design of the body and overall feel of the instrument is excellent. It feels great to move around the neck (even with large hands), and the cutaway makes it a pleasure to work the upper register. There is little to no difference in how it feels from a full-sized acoustic, except that it's easier to get around with and across the neck and obviously the lack of bulk.Acoustically, the sound is crisp with solid mid and high tones, but is lacking in ringing out the low tones. It's as if the low E string may as well be a backup singer who loudly whispers, due, no doubt, to the small body size. The action is very good (around 1/8th inch gap).I amplified it through a Crate K100 combo amp, and the sound was good. I especially liked the options of bass and treble volume in addition to the actual volume control. Options are key! It still has a tendency to ring through with the distant rattle of an amplified acoustic (not from shoddy construction; more in the sense of alluding to that general sound), but that can be compensated for through the tonal volume options and effects pedals if that's your style. If you're looking for an acoustic/electric that has the tonal presence of an acoustic while amplified, this may not be the guitar for you, but good luck finding that in such a small scale guitar anyway.I gave it a couple of weeks playing with a new set of Elixer light strings to set in before deciding that this otherwise fine sounding instrument for the size was not worth my time, given that I felt so much time was spent tuning it. The falsetto tunings don't quite match the 5th fret tunings, and that would generally be a good indicator of an instrument that's made well. Every time I tuned it, then played it for about 1 minute (including some bending of the strings), the bent strings would be out of tune. After a month of use and with the returns deadline approaching, I decided to keep it. It had been sitting unused for the last week in a room whose humidity control was on the very low side of "ideal", and upon testing the tuning found only the B string to need tuning. That's pretty good given the conditions.This was the least expensive traditionally-designed (as opposed to the Martin "Backpacker") travel guitar of this quality. I had considered the smaller Martin models, but am not a fan of laminate construction, and to do it right with a Martin solid wood construction would cost hundreds more, before adding the pickups. If you can get over the fact that they're made in China, you should be able to appreciate this little spitfire. It's a fine guitar to kick around with place to place, and easier to do so.

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