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Ibanez Montage MSC700NT A/E Hybrid Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar

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The Ibanez MSC700NT Acoustic-Electric Guitar from the Montage Series is revolutionary in that it has two acoustic sounds, two electric sounds, mix ca...Click To Read More About This Product

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Acoustic playability, electronic versatility.

The Ibanez MSC700NT Acoustic-Electric Guitar from the Montage Series is revolutionary in that it has two acoustic sounds, two electric sounds, mix capability, onboard reverb, chorus, distortion, phase canceling, dual notch filter and tuner. These groundbreaking, innovative electronics are possible with the combination of the B-Band UST Acoustic Pickup, Ibanez AP9 Electric pickup, and the Ibanez HBP Multi-function Preamp with Onboard Tuner. Controls are conveniently mounted on the face of the upper bout. Operates on 4 AA batteries and has a balanced 1?4" output.

The MSC700NT acoustic electric guitar also features a cedar top and rosewood back and sides with a Natural gloss finish. Montage series guitars have a sleek, comfortable cutaway semi-jumbo body style and the exclusive Ibanez adjustable mahogany F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Set-Up Technology) lets the player quickly setup the action to their personal playing style. Other appointments include a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Advantage bridge pins, and gold die-cast tuners with brown pearloid knobs.

  • Body Style: Semi-Jumbo Body with Cutaway
  • Top: Cedar
  • Back and Sides: Rosewood
  • Neck: Ibanez exclusive adjustable mahogany F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Set-Up Technology) adjustable
  • No. of frets: 20
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Nut: Ivorex II
  • Binding: Maple body and neck
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Bridge Pins: Advantage
  • Tuners: Ibanez Gold Die-cast with brown pearloid knobs
  • Pickups: B-Band UST Acoustic Pickup and Ibanez AP9 Electric pickup (magnetic)
  • Preamp: Ibanez HBP Multi-function Preamp with Onboard Tuner
  • Output: Balanced 1?4"
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP Strings
  • Saddle: Ivorex II
  • Finish: Natural High Gloss

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Love this guitar. Wish it were still in production.


from Ontario, Canada

I purchased this guitar used, and really wish it were still in production. The electronics can be tricky as there are two jacks (one for piezzo or blend, and one strictly for the magnetic pickup), and if you are not plugged into the correct one, you will not get any sound.

I love the versatility of this guitar. The amount of control you have in setting it up, and in shaping your sound is great.

There is a learning curve to all the features in this guitar, and the built in distortion can be a bit too much on it's own. Depends on how you set it.

It's my main acoustic for performing. Absolutley worth buying if you can find one.

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Well worth the money'

By Scott Clendenin

from Oregon

I am not a professional musician so the sales pitch of the small venue thing doesn't really apply though I can imagine it would be a valid excuse to buy the guitar as the effects (reverb and chorus specifically) are pretty good.

I love being able to adjust my guitars action to best suit my playing style and this guitar has remarkable range between the neck and the sadlle adjustments. The string height can be wherever a person wants it... on a playabilty note the electric pickup could be little hindersome for a finnicky fingerstylist.

Upon first picking the guitar up the general consensus from my guitarists friends is that it seems okay... but each one left to play and tinker will eventually come around to remarking how it really is a nice playing instrument and agreeably a guitar that "grows on you". It is currently my most played guitar even though I have acquired several other guitars since buying this one.

All that said... It is not perfect.
It apparently had some factory defects.
It has some aesthetic issues for the discerning eye.

I won't speak for the performing musicians but as for the average couch guitarist like myself this thing is a score.. it's versatile features make it my only consideration when traveling and the playability on it is becoming more and more of a joyous thing for me.
I can't think of a more versatile guitar. Maybe there is one out there but my bet is it can't be found for what these regularly go for.

The solid top sounds nice... it is a bit subdued as the body is quite small and the soundboard is a bit bogged down with knobs and pickups etc. Don't buy this as an acoustic player predominantly.

The neck adjustment is cool.

Onboard tuner a plus although I wish it worked while the guitar was unplugged.

Plenty of freakin' knobs.
I see these get beat up a bit on quality... mine was bought used and has worked flawlessly for 8 months but if you strum hard it does give a vague buzz from soundboard vibration against the electric pickup.

The set up was terrible but again.. used guitar.

The overall finish is where it shows it's true price range... the curvature of the fingerboard isn't exact to the curve on the saddle... the soundholes have a cheap looking blindingly white binding when compared to the offwhite binding around the sound box and then the beautiful cedar binding on the neck is completely different and noncomplimentry to the other two... The "exclamation point" soundhole looks dumb anyway.
Again... Find everything this guitar has somewhere else for a similiar price tag and then disregard my rating.


Wanting two guitars rolled into one

By TeleD1957

from West Lafayette, IN.

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Bought the guitar brand new. Unpacked and started to play and the acoustic pickup did not work. Tried replacing the 4 batteries and the pickup still did not work. Ended up shipping it back and waiting for it to be repaired or replaced. I am now concerned about the quality of the product. I really did like the way it played right out of the box but couldn't believe that the acoustic pickup did not work. Don't they check those before they ship from the factory? Really did like the way the electric pickup sounded and I can't wait for it to get back to me with the acoustic pickup fixed. I do like the way that it looks and the additional onboard electronics are a plus. I currently run through a Marshall Amp to play through a PA but with this guitar I probably won't need the amp.



By gunghoguitarist

from texas

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I play mixed rhythm and lead and I was looking for something acoustic that I can throw a little distortion on when we play small or quieter venues. This guitar hybrid works will but there are some things that I wish they'd done better. CONS: shoddy workmanship, magnetic pickup buzzes like crazy when you play - very distracting and unwanted when you're trying to play unplugged; tuner is barely accurate and won't work at all if there's nothing plugged into one of the jacks; notch filters don't really help the "E" droning problem others have mentionedPROS: very light weight; includes built in chorus which actually sounds pretty good, great wood choices for this model give a nice warm acoustic sound for finger-picking (which is sad, considering the buzzing of the metal parts on the soundboard); distortion is pretty much all-purpose and combined with a foot pedal or modeler, you can get some raunchy rock sounds without changing to an electric guitar.I'll probably keep it, as it reduces the need for me to carry four guitars to smaller venues, but it's not the "workhorse" sort of guitar I wish it could have been.


Don't Waste Your Time

By TeleD1957

from West Lafayette, IN.

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Purchased guitar and right out of the box the acoustic pickup did not work. Sent back for repair and got it back and acoustic pickup still did not work, in fact had additional problems with input jack. Ended up getting money back on the guitar and looking for something else. Loved the features that the guitar had and how it played but the electronics need some serious overhauling from Ibanez. Repair guy said he had four of the same guitar returned just that week.

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