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Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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Traditional nylon tone with enhanced playability and high-end electronics.

The Ibanez GA6CE Classical-Nylon Acoustic-Electric Guitar is not your traditional nylon-string classical guitar. It steps outside the tradition with a cutaway body, nylon strings, and advanced electronics. It features a spruce top on a mahogany body, rosewood fretboard and bridge, gold hardware, piezo pickup with 4-band EQ, and classical tuning machines.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Cutaway body for easy access to higher registers
Spruce top
Mahogany body
Rosewood fretboard and bridge
Gold hardware
Piezo pickup with 4-band EQ
Case sold separately

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IbanezGA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great For The Money

I purchased this as an inexpensive classical that I could bring with me when I travel without having to worry about damage. I selected this model in particular because of the mahogany back which...Read complete review

I purchased this as an inexpensive classical that I could bring with me when I travel without having to worry about damage. I selected this model in particular because of the mahogany back which really adds to the bass and low-end. The action is nice and tight, the cutaway for easy playing, and the guitar is surprisingly heavier than other guitars in its price range. The electronics are so-so, but they're there if you need them. I recommend putting a quality set of strings on the guitar, having it setup upon purchase, and replacing the nut for a quality bone-nut. If you do all of those things you have a great sounding classical guitar for very little money.

I also play on a few other very expensive classical guitars and comparatively it does sound more hollow and flat. HOWEVER for the price you really cannot beat it. I'm extremely satisfied with the purchase and I'd buy one again in a heartbeat. Highly recommended for beginner players and even for pros who are looking for a classical guitar to travel with.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

you can do better

I have played several classical guitars and this one doesn't measure up. Hollow sounding acoustically; problems with the saddle/bridge alignment; frets and nut were poorly finished; tuning machines were crap and had...Read complete review

I have played several classical guitars and this one doesn't measure up. Hollow sounding acoustically; problems with the saddle/bridge alignment; frets and nut were poorly finished; tuning machines were crap and had to be replaced. Reasons I kept this guitar: 1) better than average sustain for nylon strings. 2) the piezo pickup makes this guitar sound completely different and better 3) believe it or not, if you play the blues with a hard and rough technique (using a pick) through the pickup it sounds pretty cool.. for blues that is, not classical. But I did stop recommending Ibanez after I got this one.From reading the other reviews, it seems there is a wide variation in quality for this model. So try before you buy.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Budget Guitar

By AussieCleetus

from Ausint, TX

Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is a great budget guitar. The only problems are the strings that come on the unit standard are very cheap and the Nut Bridge has a very squared sharpness to it, that if you are not careful when playing in 1st fret position you can take chunks of flesh out of your finger. Overall if you change the nut and strings you have a great guitar for a cheap price!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

$250 and worth it!

By Blackdogxx

from Richmond VA

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Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

No it's not a $1500 used classical from Spain or a nice used good Yamaha ... it's a China built, inexpensive, pretty darn good sounding CE with a decent EQ and pickup and factory action and finish and tone that is adequate or better.I have playd concert caliber guitars and own one as well as a Francisco Navarro and a nice 'New Masters' from China. The Ibanez is worth the money to get most of the way 'there' if you are a good amateur or serious student. Have a luthier/repairman replace the saddle and nut with umbleached bone and get Hannabach or Luthier brand strings in hard tension. It will easily improve it by 20% and make it play really nice if the setup guy knows his business.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great For The Money

By mdarkpoet

from gilroy, ca

Pros

  • Easy to play
  • Easy to restring
  • Good action
  • Inexpensive
  • Sounds Great

Cons

  • Recommend Nut Replacement
  • Recommend Setup

Best Uses

  • Learning
  • Practice
  • Travel

Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased this as an inexpensive classical that I could bring with me when I travel without having to worry about damage. I selected this model in particular because of the mahogany back which really adds to the bass and low-end. The action is nice and tight, the cutaway for easy playing, and the guitar is surprisingly heavier than other guitars in its price range. The electronics are so-so, but they're there if you need them. I recommend putting a quality set of strings on the guitar, having it setup upon purchase, and replacing the nut for a quality bone-nut. If you do all of those things you have a great sounding classical guitar for very little money.

I also play on a few other very expensive classical guitars and comparatively it does sound more hollow and flat. HOWEVER for the price you really cannot beat it. I'm extremely satisfied with the purchase and I'd buy one again in a heartbeat. Highly recommended for beginner players and even for pros who are looking for a classical guitar to travel with.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

100% satisfiede

By Woodoc 7

from Pittsburgh Pa.

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Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Love this guitar. No problems with it what so ever. I've had it for about a year now. Play it a lot (as a hobby). A friend of mine played in a band years ago said, it has a good sound. With or without the amplifier. I like the sound when played with the amplifier. I also like the 2.5" wide nut because of my fat finger tips for playing chords. My other acoustic guitar has a 1 5/8" wide nut and I'm always muting a string.
I feel bad for the ones with low star counts. Like everything else, you take a chance when you buy anything.
Over all it is a good guitar for the price.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lush Sound for Less Money

By Rodney Robbins-DLMVL

from Carolina

Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have owned a GA6CE for more than 2 years now and have enjoyed this guitar immensely. I just got back from a seminar sponsored by Martin Guitars where I had the chance to play instruments costing up to $7,400.00. I compared these back to back with my humble GA6 with silk and steel strings. While the Martins sounded lush and rich, especially the high end models, I found that I PLAYED mine better. Why? The wide fretboard gave me room for my finger stlye playing. The cypress top and 12 fret neck give a rich tone. The low tension strings made it easy for me to be more expressive in terms of volume and bending notes. Even my timing was better with the little Ibanez. Yes, I do have week hands. Yes, I would like a custom Martin, but to get something better than my Ibanez from the custom shop would cost a lot more. So, maybe I'll just play the hell out of my current guitar, and when it wears out, I'll buy 15 more and wear them out too! If you are considering a nylon string acoustic, I highly recommend you try the Ibanez GA6CE (or get a nice Jumbo Martin).

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprisingly good!

Pros

  • For everyone

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Home And Small Venue

Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I could not be happier or more surprised at the construction quality, finish and sound. It came with D. Addario EXP strings laid over a IvoreXII nut and saddle which produced a nice warm tone. In fact, I could still hear the sustain after I put it away in my Humi-case. Apparently, the top is spruce, but it is the most beautifully patterned spruce I have ever seen. Color of a medium dark honey. I have since replaced the nut and saddle with my handmade Wyoming Buffalo bone nut and saddle and now it sparkels like a very high end guitar. Seriously, you will be pleased with the Ivorex, but bone transforms this guitar, head and shoulders above the crowd. No skin/finger snagging as you work up and down the fingerboard. Electronics work great. I'm going to have to stop bad mouthing Chinese products.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar!!

By AA

from NC

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great sound

Cons

  • Very wide neck

Best Uses

  • Beginners
  • Classical guitar players

Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

You simply cannot find a better guitar in this price range. I went to [@] and tried some Yamahas, Alvares, Dean Espana, etc. You can find others that may sound as good, but not better. Ibanez has done it again!!

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

you can do better

By sideman-.gJ.u

from OK

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Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have played several classical guitars and this one doesn't measure up. Hollow sounding acoustically; problems with the saddle/bridge alignment; frets and nut were poorly finished; tuning machines were crap and had to be replaced. Reasons I kept this guitar: 1) better than average sustain for nylon strings. 2) the piezo pickup makes this guitar sound completely different and better 3) believe it or not, if you play the blues with a hard and rough technique (using a pick) through the pickup it sounds pretty cool.. for blues that is, not classical. But I did stop recommending Ibanez after I got this one.From reading the other reviews, it seems there is a wide variation in quality for this model. So try before you buy.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Mine wasn't so good

By Khing Dheano

from Dallas, Texas

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Pros

  • Good action
  • Great sound

Cons

  • Buzz Inside The Body
  • Finish Was Flawed
  • Fret Ends Sharp

Best Uses

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    i thought this guitar sounded very good through the amplifier, and the action was nice right out of the box. However, the axe I received had a problem with the finish. It looked fine, but if you ran your hand around the sides it felt very rough around the upper bouts on both sides, as if the finish had been left to dry while the guitar was upright in a dusty environment. Also there was a very disturbing buzzing noise coming from inside the body. I was sure it was some electrical component that was loose, and I turned the guitar over as if I was playing left-handed, sure enough the noise went away. Soon as I flipped it back the right way, the noise was back. The ends of the frets were also VERY sharp, you could easily snag a finger on them... If I had kept the guitar I could've fixed that, but because of the other problems I sent it back. MF took it back, no questions. Decided not to get another one, this one scared me off.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By FrederickDuo

    from Watertown

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This is one of the first nylon stringed classical guitar I used, and I was shocked. The way this guitar plays is beautiful. The acoustics of it are top notch. The guitar itself needed some professional set-up (a little buzz as you hit higher frets). One thing kind of cool about it was the Piezo in the bridge very cool and had a nice bluesy Quack sound which could be taken out with the proper EQing. All in all amazing sounding guitar, and killer looks I am definitely buying one soon.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great, but with a few flaws

    By Matt R

    from Salt Lake City

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I really wanted a classical with a pickup, and I looked at and played this one as well as some yamahas and ibanez's thin-neck equivalent. I decided my fat fingers combined with slightly fatter nylon strings would be better served on the traditional wide neck. The guitar has a few flaws. The pickup made buzzing sounds when playing (only acoustically, not through the circuitry). I did a million things to isolate it and remedy it. Finally discovered that the little plastic sliders that control the equalizer were the culprit, so I just took them off. The strings were horrible. Replaced those with much pleasure. There is still some buzzing I cannot isolate. There were some very small scratches on the back, likely due to abrasion during shipping. I debated whether to send it back over that but I decided to just live with it. There also is a small defect in the gluing of the fretboard to the neck at the base of the neck. Decided to just live with that too. The sound overall quite good, but a little 'smallish' acoustically (but quite a bit larger sound than the AEG10NETNG). The pickup is great. If you're shopping, also look at the GA60SECE. Might be worth the extra few dineros.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Overall Good

    By Dave Onde

    from Chesapeake, VA

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    It is a great guitar, and up close is has a very nice looking orange color. The neck is big and is pretty good for chord combinations that change really fast. The nylon strings make it easier to play than anything i own. Unpluged it is ok, but it really lights up when you plug it in. It has it own tone and is very warm when pluged in. Overall a really good guitar, and a damn good price

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Value

    By AlmaDuo

    from Miami, Florida

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    It looks one notch below great, it sounds very decent (plugged or not), the wood finish looks like a much more expensive guitar, and the only thing that tells you it actually is a cheaper guitar is that there is some minor imperfections in the finishing at some wood joints (a pity considering it's not that big of a deal) The pickup sounds extremely well (actually making the sound better than when unplugged) and surprisingly so, when unplugged it still sounds very decent.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Better try more than one of this

    By What Al thinks?

    from Phoenix, AZ

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought the GA6CE about 10 month ago. I have been using practically every day. Love the fact that it has a strut-rod a future rearly seen on a classical gitar. In my expirience it took some reseaching in selecting my instrument. I tryed at four diferen GA6CE before picking the right one for me. Each one had its little problem, from buzzing frets to dificult to set action (even with the strut rod). went I took my GA6CE home it sounded great acustically, but reality hit me hard went I plugged to my Fender Deluxe, it seen it lost a few Dbs went plugged compare to other guitars at the same volume. Went it realy hit rock bottom was went plug to my Yamaha AW16000 Digital recorder, It took some gain to achive a good volume went recording and with that came noise. I'll recomend using a DI Box. This guitar shines acustically ran thru the same recorder with a Mic (Audio-Technica AT4040). Great Practice guitar. I am certain that if I had keep trying others GA6CEs I would have find the perfect one. Since them I have tryed others models and brands, but for the money this guitar is a good buy. Consider Ibanez AEF20 or Yamahas CGX series if you can expend a few dollars more.

     
    4.0

    I Like Um So Much...I Bought Three

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have to admit that I purchased my first one for the price, but I purchased the rest for the feel and the electronics.

     
    5.0

    Great guitar for the price

    By Adam-tmgqa

    from Gray, TN

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar for the price and had heard great reviews, the second I opened the box and started playing I was blown away. It sounds as good as much more expensive classical guitars and has the same feel as them too. I would highly recommend this guitar. I run it through a kustom KA35THDFX and the sound will blow you away.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Really bad

    By Guitardo 04

    from El Paso, TX

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    The instrument itself sounds empty. the pick up doesn't help it and for the price, the ga5tce is much better.

     
    5.0

    This is a gem!

    By Soulful Beach Groove

    from Culver City, CA

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Please read the other rave reviews--I concur with all of them.I bought this guitar for the occasional "art gallery opening" type of gig I play. I did not want to spend a lot of money on a guitar I would only use 5 times a year. This guitar has blown me away; I use it on practically every gig (over 200 per year). I get compliments on the sound almost every night from both audience and sound pros. My advice: buy one and tell people you paid 3 times the amount for it; otherwise they will not believe you.

     
    5.0

    The electric classical guitar

    By MusicNut

    from MD

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    The ga6ce is great if you want to play classical music. If you're sick of using mics to amplify your guitar, the ga6ce is a great alternative. The neck is extra thick and wide and the body is thick for playing without an amp. You'll get a good sound with or without the amp. The tuning pegs look good even though they are plastic - they look like pearl. The cost is cheap when compared to the structure of this guitar. If it's classical you want with an amplified sound -- check this guitar out. It's affordable.

     
    5.0

    Good, but make some adjustments!

    By Jason-beuyZ

    from Overland Park, KS

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA6CE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Picking this Ibanez up, I noticed how light yet natural and full it seemed. Upon plugging it in, I discovered a rich sound coming from the piezio pickup, completely natural with no extra noise. The wide neck accomodated fast and easy fretting/picking. Not only that, but cosmetically it is a very beautiful solid top.Some tips, though. Replace the strings that come with it...they are awful D'addarios. Oil the fretboard, as it is extremely dry. You might also want to adjust the bridge/truss rod; there is a bit of fret buzz. Other than that, coming from an inexperienced classical guitarist, this is an AWESOME guitar!

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