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Great features and a great price make this nylon string guitar perfect for young players.
The Ibanez GA1 1/2 Size Classical Guitar will satisfy the needs of the student who is looking for the sound and playability of a real classical guitar. This Ibanez guitar features a spruce top, mahogany neck, classical mosaic design rosette, natural high-gloss finish, and much more at a price you can afford.
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GA1 1/2 Size Classical Guitar
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Comments about Ibanez GA1 1/2 Size Classical Guitar:
This is a nice high quality little classical guitar. I love the tone of nylon string classical (I think even better with higher action) and I think this guitar is about as good as it will get with half size. The nylon strings (G, B, E) can sound almost like a full sized instrument in tone. But, the lower half is where there is compromise forced by the tiny body, and makes the whole thing sound mid-rangey. But it still sounds pretty nice. It stays in tune and the intonation seems dead on. All chords and fingerings sound good. The effect of such short scale length is that the strings a not high-strung, and relatively loose. This means they bend easily, which can throw your playing off tune if your not careful. But played gently it sounds fine. Due to this effect though, I wouldn't be interested in anything smaller. It also is bit difficult to do cowboy chords for larger hands due to smallish width at nut - but I can manage it. It basically sounds like a miniature classical guitar. I can satisfactorily play classical pieces on it.
The finish is beautiful, nice high gloss, nice warm gold colour spruce top, nice warm reddish brown high gloss back and sides that looks fantastic in sunlight. The inside even *smells* good! Appears very well made, what you'd expect from Ibanez. The only semi disappointment is that the "rosewood" fingerboard does not appear exactly as it does in the picture - that is a nice dark rosewood with visible dark burgundy-brown grain patterns, etc. I noticed some "black" on my finger after playing it - which is either uncleaned sanding dust from an ebony-like rosewood (even better!), or most probably a black stain (maybe not fully cured) to make some cheaper light coloured rosewood look like ebony. I don't object to this, because I love the solid black ebony look of a classical fingerboard with no fret markers. So either way works for me, and after lightly wiping (very carefully!) with a damp cloth, and much playing, more did not rub off. I might have preferred to see a nice dark rosewood as pictured, but I actually like ebony black better as a look so it's fine.
The action is perfect and my guitar actually came with a second bridge saddle, I have no idea why. Until I remove strings and check, I am assuming it is so I can make the action higher, which will produce even louder, better tone. As it is, it sounds pleasing and is certainly easy to play with zero fret buzz (which I can't stand), so that is good.
Overall, for the price, they produced a great little guitar spending money where it needs to be, such as spruce top and mahogany neck, tuners, quality build, etc, and using inexpensive but good tonewoods for back and sides, with possibly inexpensive light colored rosewood that has been stained black for the fingerboard, or a very nice dark (high quality) rosewood(?). The bridge is a nice dark rosewood - not stained. It sounds like a miniature classical, and if you were in the next room and heard it playing, you could easily be very surprised to see a half size guitar when you come in the room! I am very pleased with the purchase.