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Ibanez MSC650VV Montage Series Hybrid Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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    2 acoustic and 2 electric sounds in one sharp axe.

    The Ibanez MSC650VV Montage Series Cutaway Acoustic-Electric is a revolutionary guitar that has two acoustic sounds, 2 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 1⁄4" balanced output.

    The MSC650VV guitar also features a quilted maple body with a vintage violin 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.

    Features

    • Body Style: Semi-Jumbo Body with Cutaway
    • Top: Quilted maple
    • Back and Sides: Quilted maple
    • 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
    • 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: Vintage violin High Gloss

    Get the best of both worlds with the Ibanez MSC650VV Montage Guitar. Order today.

     
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    4.5

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    You can't beat it

    I'm a hobbyist and have been for 40 years. I live in Japan and play in small and large venues with my band, which varies from 2 to 6, depending on work schedules. ...Read complete review

    I'm a hobbyist and have been for 40 years. I live in Japan and play in small and large venues with my band, which varies from 2 to 6, depending on work schedules. We play music to suit the Japanese as well as American audiences, which means we have to play everthing from blues to folk to reggae to whatever. So you can see some versatility in guitar sounds is a must. Where space is available, I'll cart (all acoustic/electric) a jumbo, jumbo 12-string and a ukulele. I play through a Fender Acoustisonic Jr. and the PA as necessary. When space is not available the Montage is all that I need, played straight through the PA. The on board effects are outstanding, and that's all I can say about that! The rubber-sleeved pots are a great feature for positive control. I'm not real sure that the double-jack configurations is really necessary except for folks who want just electric sounds. If you want that, buy an electric! The adjustable neck is out of this world. Where I live climate control is minimal so I have to have my guitars set up with each change of season. The first thing I did when I got mine was start tweaking he neck because of the change in weather from the US to the muggy Japanese spring. All together I spent about four hours playing and learning. Capo the strings and you can remove the neck and check out how the mechanism works. You can't break it so have fun! I'm not sure how the sound of the Koa model is different from the rest. On ukuleles it's a big plus but since the Montage is a hybrid, other the for the obvious beauty, I don't think I'd spend the extra bucks. That said, the finish is excellant. Some folks don't like the satin neck finish but I really do. It's smooth and predictable. The on-board tuner is dead on and I haven't had a need to use the notch filters. The tuners are positive but with lighter strings there is some jumping at the final tune point. The only reason for a 4.5 on the features is the five-position switch. I've had occasion to accidentally knock that sucker down into overdrive when I'm really working. But that just adds to the humor of our entertainment. Don't waste your money on the Taylor T this one does a much better job. While Ibanez is a Japanese company this guitar is manufactured for export only and I haven't been able to find out why. My local music shops love it but they can't have it!

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    Disappointed

    After researching this guitar online, I decided to purchase one before trying one out in person. The guitar itself seems nice and sturdy, keeps tune ok and sounds fine... unplugged. The...Read complete review

    After researching this guitar online, I decided to purchase one before trying one out in person. The guitar itself seems nice and sturdy, keeps tune ok and sounds fine... unplugged. The electronics were pretty bad in mine, maybe defective so I returned it. the acoustic pickup sounded average, and the effects seemed fine, but the electric pickup sounded funny, and the overdrive and blend was horrible in person. It played well, and the neck was nice, but the electronic quality was way sub-par. I have another ibanez acoustic electric spalted maple which has horrible electronics as well which i wish I had returned. Seems I need to shop a different brand than my favorite (ibanez) for my acoustic gear.

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    5.0

    bob in alliance

    By Bob-22GCQ

    from Alliance,Ohio

    Great guitar, love it sounds good plays good, stays in tune. For the price can't be beat. If you want a Gibson and have the money go buy it.

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    5.0

    AWESOME Guitar !!!!!!!!!!!! EXTREMELY Versatile

    Great sounding guitar, plugged and unplugged. The guitar is stacked with great features, it has built in reverb and the semi hollowed body gives it a beautiful sound plus plugged in it has clean electric, distortion and, acoustic switches.If need be you can use it as a rock guitar

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    4.0

    Pleased for the price

    I bought mine just before opening a show for Butch Hancock. I was a bit worried, but it all came out fine. Plays well. I was able to find the right setting for a great accoustic sound through the "stick" system we had there. Love the look and feel. Happy so far.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Disappointed

    By Soupcan

    from Billings, MT

    After researching this guitar online, I decided to purchase one before trying one out in person. The guitar itself seems nice and sturdy, keeps tune ok and sounds fine... unplugged. The electronics were pretty bad in mine, maybe defective so I returned it. the acoustic pickup sounded average, and the effects seemed fine, but the electric pickup sounded funny, and the overdrive and blend was horrible in person. It played well, and the neck was nice, but the electronic quality was way sub-par. I have another ibanez acoustic electric spalted maple which has horrible electronics as well which i wish I had returned. Seems I need to shop a different brand than my favorite (ibanez) for my acoustic gear.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    bluesallday

    By Bluesallday

    from missouri

    Mine looks good and feels good in your hands,but I have the magnetic pickup vibrating against the small soundboard hole that it sits in. So it sounds really bad unplugged even. I have tried to adjust the pickup but to no avail.And then the real problems begin when you plug it in. The magnetic pickup,not the one under the saddle but the clean and overdrive settings have a very terrible buzz to them like the guitar needs some major shielding or grounding. I'm guessing it's a single coil pickup.Anyway if it were not for those problems I would love this guitar. You can not get any help from Ibanez or the store I bought it from.I will be traveling 200 miles to take it to one of their authorized service centers because they don't have one in my state. Advice+buy something else.

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    4.0

    Versatile and fun - but durable?

    By Cstorm

    from Portland, OR

    The Montage series Ibanez does everything it's supposed to do - provide an easy way to access accoustic and electric sounds (with some light effects) without lugging around extra gear. I've had mine for over a year now, and I'm very happy with it. A little tweaking with the setup turned this into a very nice guitar with great action and a nice sound.However, it hasn't held up as well as I'd hoped. I've had to repair the neck and replace the accoustic pickup. (To be fair, it was used when I bought it and there's no way to tell how hard the previous owner was on this particular guitar.)As you can see in the sample picture above, there is no pickguard on the Montage, nor was there one available when I checked. To protect the finish I had to make one myself (easy to do with a piece of window-cling craft material, available at any craft supply store or at some department stores).For the money, it's a great product. But buyer beware: this is not a $2000 Taylor. It's the high-end of low-end guitars, and for most amateur players it will be everything you need.

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    5.0

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    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Great versatile guitar. Finish is good, but once you take off a couple of panels you see that they are made to a minimum spec - but that spec has everything working well at a fraction of the cost of a T5. I use a straight acoustic sound 80% of the time and it sounds great straight through the PA and the DSP effects are all very solid. Switching between effects 'on the fly' is a pain compared with foot-switching and every now and again you catch the switch accidentally and introduce a lot more overdrive than your celtic fingerpicking really needs! That's my one major criticism. The magnetic pick-up also tends to vibrate against the body causing an annoying buzz but a small piece of rubber has fixed this. Unplug it whenever you can as it uses heaps of batteries and when they are flat it doesn't go quietly, it 'ticks' at a very high volume meaning you can't even finish the song. Those flaws aside, the guitar plays very well across all styles and you get great sounds from AC/DC leads to Wes Montgomery flatwound jazz box to crisp acoustics. If you are plugged in most of the time I would highly recommend this guitar.

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    5.0

    NICE*****

    By muzikmaniak

    from Orlando, FL

    I have just purchased this guitar and love it. The neck is easy to adjust to get the playability you want. This guitar is beautiful from a distance but up close there are many finish flaws. The value is great after all it was built in China and that explains a lot about the finish flaws. there is some internal buzzing but does not come out threw the electronics. After all I bought this to be played out and plugged in and played out. I do not like the fret size they are a little to small for my liking being that I play guitar for a living.I have played a T-5 and would choose the Montage over it any day and it is not because of the price either. It feels just as good to me.Side Note *** Keep an extra set of batteries with you at all times, it does like to eat them.

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    5.0

    You can't beat it

    By knights ohgee

    from Yokosuka, Japan

    I'm a hobbyist and have been for 40 years. I live in Japan and play in small and large venues with my band, which varies from 2 to 6, depending on work schedules. We play music to suit the Japanese as well as American audiences, which means we have to play everthing from blues to folk to reggae to whatever. So you can see some versatility in guitar sounds is a must. Where space is available, I'll cart (all acoustic/electric) a jumbo, jumbo 12-string and a ukulele. I play through a Fender Acoustisonic Jr. and the PA as necessary. When space is not available the Montage is all that I need, played straight through the PA. The on board effects are outstanding, and that's all I can say about that! The rubber-sleeved pots are a great feature for positive control. I'm not real sure that the double-jack configurations is really necessary except for folks who want just electric sounds. If you want that, buy an electric! The adjustable neck is out of this world. Where I live climate control is minimal so I have to have my guitars set up with each change of season. The first thing I did when I got mine was start tweaking he neck because of the change in weather from the US to the muggy Japanese spring. All together I spent about four hours playing and learning. Capo the strings and you can remove the neck and check out how the mechanism works. You can't break it so have fun! I'm not sure how the sound of the Koa model is different from the rest. On ukuleles it's a big plus but since the Montage is a hybrid, other the for the obvious beauty, I don't think I'd spend the extra bucks. That said, the finish is excellant. Some folks don't like the satin neck finish but I really do. It's smooth and predictable. The on-board tuner is dead on and I haven't had a need to use the notch filters. The tuners are positive but with lighter strings there is some jumping at the final tune point. The only reason for a 4.5 on the features is the five-position switch. I've had occasion to accidentally knock that sucker down into overdrive when I'm really working. But that just adds to the humor of our entertainment. Don't waste your money on the Taylor T this one does a much better job. While Ibanez is a Japanese company this guitar is manufactured for export only and I haven't been able to find out why. My local music shops love it but they can't have it!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great For Gigs!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I bought this guitar for playing with my dad's band. I just kind of sit in on a few songs so it's kinda impractacle for me to bring two guitars, an amp and effects. With this I simply plug it directly into the PA and I'm good to go. And the sound is great. Authentic acoustic, clean and overdrive tones.

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