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Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Brown Sunburst

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Bright acoustic resonance with electric looks and feel.

And the Ibanez Talman TCM50 Acoustic-Electric Guitar has looks that are really electric”figured ash top with gorgeous transparent finish, multiple bound body, bound neck, chrome tuners, and a slick cutaway design. Mahogany back and sides add warm projection to its acoustic tone while an AP2 magnetic soundhole pickup with 2-band EQ lets it really rock through an amp.

FEATURES
  • Figured ash top
  • Mahogany neck, back, and sides
  • AP2 magnetic soundhole pickup
  • Chrome hardware
  • Die-cast tuners

Mic it for pure acoustic tone, or get some real electric bite when you plug in. Make it yours today!

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IbanezTalman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 45 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not bad at all

I bought this guitar out-of-box so I could save a little cash, not a bad idea by the way. This guitar has a very twangy tone acoustically, I haven't tried it plugged into...Read complete review

I bought this guitar out-of-box so I could save a little cash, not a bad idea by the way. This guitar has a very twangy tone acoustically, I haven't tried it plugged into an amp yet.. I can't imagine that will sound good. The only problem I am seeing so far is a fret buzz issue. Not a hard fix. I was getting really bad buzzing on the first and second fret. Tuned it last night and it's still in tune. Honestly, if you want an acoustic I recommend you save your money and get something better, but if you end up getting one of these you probably won't be disappointed.

Oh yeah! and this thing seems just a tad bit on the junior side.. I was expecting it to be a little bit bulkier, but it's almost smaller than my electric!

Bad tone, obnoxious sounds, and weird stuff is kind of my thing.. so I may be biased.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wanted to like it

I bought this guitar with high expectations. It looked so good. Indeed, when I received this Ibanez Talman TCM50, the finish was outstandingly beautiful! I wish the tone would have been too....Read complete review

I bought this guitar with high expectations. It looked so good. Indeed, when I received this Ibanez Talman TCM50, the finish was outstandingly beautiful! I wish the tone would have been too. I can't figure out what the low E and A strings were there for. There was no real resonance for these two strings when playing unplugged. D, G, B and high E sounded nice. And the lower strings sounded better plugged in. If you want a guitar to play without an amp, IMHO you should look elsewhere.

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(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I've owned this guitat a long time and it's everybody's favorite.

By Ellachie

from Hot Springs. Arkansas

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Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

If something happened to this guitar I would buy one the next day. It's just a fun guitar to play that sounds great. I'm not a professional but every electric guitar I own is American. I also have a guitar business.
Do you work on your guitars. Imagine having a Strat like pickup not located underneath the bridge and adjusts up and down with two set crews on each side. No more cheap piezo pickups. You can sand and then use a straight file to lower the saddle and it never affects the sound. Install a bone nut and you have the lowest action possible and the easist acoustic guitar you ever played without ever losing any of the volume or tone coming from the pickup. The guitar is smaller and sits in your lap like an electric. Plugged into a nice tube amp the sound is as good if not better than any guitar I've heard having a cheap piezo pickup located underneath the bridge. Here's another nice thing about this guitar. On every acoustic guitar the strings are sitting so high at the bottom of the neck that it makes the guitar unplayable. If you tried lowering the saddle on a piezo acoustic whoops where did the volume go. You can lower the action till the cows come home and guess what the volume on the guitar still stays the same.
It's not a big guitar and your not going to get the projection like you would on a $3,000 dollar Dreadnought but your arm isn't going to fall off either. This guitar was meant to be played plugged in and if your not a cheapskate your heels will be kicking for joy after hearing the types of sound this guitar can produce. I play this Ibanez acoustic through an Egnater Tweaker head which was just voted the best tube amp over every other tube amp tested for 15 watts and under. It's one of the best tube amps I've owned and I play it 99% of the time with a Fender Deluxe Reverb and a Vox AC30 sitting in the corners. That Egnater is hooked up to a couple of 1X12's with Celestion Greenbacks in them. One other nice thing about this guitar is I always put better tuners on my guitars. On this guitar I have never had any second thoughts about changing out the tuners.
I've tried several different string guages on this guitar the ones that work oth the best are 11-52. Getting back to the $3,000 dollar Dreadnought sound this guitar is very acceptable playing it unplugged

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hybrid Guitar Function on the Cheap!

By CullenT

from Andover, MN

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Pros

  • Electric Tone
  • Playability
  • value
  • Versatility

Cons

  • Laminate top
  • Quiet Acoustically

Best Uses

  • Couch Guitar
  • Rehearsal
  • Worship Leading

Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Got mine yesterday and ran it through the paces. I'm a worship leader and I've been dreaming about having a hybrid guitar like a Taylor T5 for years, but, since I'm a worship leader, cost has always been a barrier, even for the most affordable alternatives (I looked into the Godin A6 Ultra and the Epiphone 339 Ultra II). Something I always wanted was a single guitar that I could leave in my office that would work just as well in a small group sing-along as on stage as an acoustic-electric or overdriven with effects.

This is that guitar! It isn't the loudest acoustically, but it's enough to be heard by everyone in a medium-sized room. Even plugged into an electric guiar amp, it sounds like a warm, full-bodied acoustic (I love magnetic pickups for acoustic amplification - piezos can get so "quacky"). Piezo pickups sound HORRIBLE through electric amps, but somehow, this little gem did the job. Overdriven, it sounded like a warm hollowbody with the neck pickup on. It definitely isn't cut out for metal, but then again, neither am I.

I wish the finish didn't scream "I'm laminate!" quite so loudly, but that's just a guitarist's insider pet peeve. It's comfortable to play, and you can use the same guitar to play the acoustic intro as you do for the lead elecric solo before the bridge. Wow!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

suuperr guitar! i plan to buy more!! i love it to a tee!

By james106

from Belcourt north dakota!!

Verified Buyer

Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

if its anything in this world i know! its guitars! i played all kinds of guitars all my life! played in a band all my life! but compared to other guitars! i have to say this one is one of my favorites!this guitar is a beauty and it rocks ! hooked to an amp or not! it rocks any song i play! in fact i have played it around the clock! and it stays in tune! easy to play and it feels like it was made for me! oh so grand! just wish it had my name on it! yOO! if your interested in this guitar! by all means dont wait get it! you will be glad you did! i plan to buy more just like it! for i love it! thank you so much!!

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A quality guitar

By Todd Duckworth

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is well worth the price
This is my third thin body guitar ,the first was a stratocustic and the second was a cheep china S G style . The talaman is by far the best of the three .has the sound of a full body ! That I was not expecting , quality is excellent sounds good amped too .this is my first ibanez but will not be my last! Has a lot more bottom end sound than the stratocoustic ! I also checked out the ovation thin line guitars at the local music shop they don't even come close to the sound of the talaman,and are way over priced!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Head Turner

By Preacher

from Fl

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Pros

  • Head turner
  • Not Bad For The

Cons

  • Cases Cost To Much

Best Uses

  • Backpacking
  • CHURCH
  • Gig
  • Practice

Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this for my sons first guitar so I can get my Ovation back but I think I'd rather have his now. For the price this guitar is great, its small footprint, light weight, low action and looks make it great for almost anyone whether you play electric or nylon. Admit it who doesn't want a guitar that people drool over when you are playing. It is very bright when played unplugged (with new strings of course) I have not had a need to plug it in yet and I have read the reviews that it is not as bright when plugged in. Well my answer to that is, "use a good mic and mic it......" Anyway if you are reading this review you are already interested in this guitar so just do it hit the purchase button, you will not be disappointed.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't look here for a bad review

By Truedatus

from Winchester, Tn.

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Pros

  • Good highs and lows
  • Light-weight Low Action

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Anyone that would give this guitar a bad review hasn't played mine. You've got the highs, the lows, and more volume if you need it. The deep dark wood-grain finish is immaculate. Beautiful guitar is an understatement.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not bad at all

      By Donald

      from Cloverdale, VA

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar out-of-box so I could save a little cash, not a bad idea by the way. This guitar has a very twangy tone acoustically, I haven't tried it plugged into an amp yet.. I can't imagine that will sound good. The only problem I am seeing so far is a fret buzz issue. Not a hard fix. I was getting really bad buzzing on the first and second fret. Tuned it last night and it's still in tune. Honestly, if you want an acoustic I recommend you save your money and get something better, but if you end up getting one of these you probably won't be disappointed.

      Oh yeah! and this thing seems just a tad bit on the junior side.. I was expecting it to be a little bit bulkier, but it's almost smaller than my electric!

      Bad tone, obnoxious sounds, and weird stuff is kind of my thing.. so I may be biased.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Whimsical fun!

      Pros

      • Great plugged in
      • Light

      Cons

      • Acoustic Tonality

      Best Uses

      • Gigs Jams Campfires

      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this strictly to play plugged-in. I don't want deface my really good guitars with electronics. Don't buy this hoping for anything other than amped.
      But it is a very fun guitar. I love the whimsical construction/design. Action was pretty good right off the shelf, but when I change strings next, I might take the shim out from under the saddle and see that happens. The truss rod really couldn't be tweeked any more than how it came to me.
      I'm lovin' it played through a Crate Telluride amp, they seem to have built from one another.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ibanez Does It Again

      By Dr. Vegetable

      from Boston Area

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      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is an incredible guitar. It immediately became my favorite and I find myself daydreaming about it when I'm not there.The look is simply gorgeous. Nobody will believe what you paid for this guitar. I especially like the faux pick guard. (Hint: if you need a big sheet of plastic screwed down to prevent your pick from gouging your ax, you're doing it wrong!) The ash top is beautiful, and the styling is very cool. The scale of the body makes it easy to hold and play, the action is superb, and the sustain is very good.The construction is very good as well - typical for the manufacturer. I bought mine "off the rack" so was able to inspect it for fit-n-finish and intonation before purchase. There is a tiny flaw in the finish on the lip of the sound hole, but this instrument is otherwise perfect. Once I held it in my hands, I could not put it down.The playability is awesome. Very easy action, great for those (like me) who switch between acoustic and electric frequently. It is relatively quiet when unplugged, which is a bonus if you practice where you may bother other people. The tone is certainly different than you'll get from a large-body acoustic, but in a good twangy/snarly way that suits my ear. (Johnny Cash: yes, James Taylor: maybe not.)Plugged into my Blues Jr, this thing is a beast. Its unique tonal character goes to a whole new place when you amp it up. This thing works for blues/rock/grunge styles that require transition from acoustic to electric tones or major dynamic shifts mid-song.This guitar is a perfect example of why I own so many Ibanez guitars. With this quality and feature set, there is absolutely no reason to spend more money unless you have an endorsement deal with another company.Get this before one of your friends does. My bandmates are jealous!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Little Thin-Body

      By farfromhere

      from Alabama

      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar used, a few days ago. I'd been looking for a decent thin body guitar for cheap. This guitar blew away my expectations. The finish on it was beautiful, and the styling is unique. The tone on it is what really surprised me. Unplugged, it has a very mellow tone, typical of a thin-body. Not the best one I've heard, but still very good. But plugged in, I was amazed. I never thought that it would sound that good. Smooth, mellow tones, great for jazz or blues. The neck is very playable, fits great. Overall, if you're looking for a great guitar, for a great price, you simply cannot beat the Talman TCM50.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great little guitar

      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Item came and as usual for items from Musicians Friend, it was exactly as described. I bought a used item and it had one tiny scratch on the guitar front, I buffed it out. Not bad for a used item. I did a little work on the saddle, pins and fret board and now guitar sounds like an item many times more expensive. Great little guitar for the first time guitar user, which happens to be my grand child.

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      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Get one today.

      By Goodness

      from Toronto, ON

      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I've been more than satisfied with mine for about 4 years now. If I were ever sponsored by another name, I'd get them to model this guitar. That's how much I like it. You're never gonna find a guitar like this for that price ever again.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Wanted to like it

      By Lpaulman

      from Windom, MN

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      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar with high expectations. It looked so good. Indeed, when I received this Ibanez Talman TCM50, the finish was outstandingly beautiful! I wish the tone would have been too. I can't figure out what the low E and A strings were there for. There was no real resonance for these two strings when playing unplugged. D, G, B and high E sounded nice. And the lower strings sounded better plugged in. If you want a guitar to play without an amp, IMHO you should look elsewhere.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for Entry to Mid-Level players...

      By ManShizzle420

      from Sadorus, IL

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      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I've owned this guitar for about 2 months, and it is great...Great sound, and playability, especially for an acoustic. The value for this guitar is just amazing. Lug this baby into an amp and you can rock with the best electrics, or play unplugged and you can jam, acoustic style...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Guitar

      By thejoewalsh

      from Morgantown WV

      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is amazing. I did a big performance with it and I have been playing for years. This is a slight step above a beginner's guitar. The sound is amazing. I used it for recording as well. This is one of my favorite guitars. I have played fender stratocasters and none of them made after 2000 have impressed me as much as this guitar. I used a peavey amp and I uesd a large performance amp and the uality increased with the amplifier. My advice. The only thing you should do to the guitar is tune it. Just because it comes with a wrench for the truss rod does not mean it needs adjusted. Again, I have been playing for years and this is one of the best values I have seen. The action was very good when I played it and plan on ordering one soon. I highly recommend this guitar. To help the tone, make sure you shake the "freshness" packet out of the inside of the guitar. THis helps the tone immensly. If you mess with anything else before you do this, then you'll just mess up the guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sweet and Cheap

      By nunyo

      from Central AZ

      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      First, the catch: don?t be fooled by the pick guard in the photo -- there isn?t one. The faux guard outline is simply silkscreened onto the guitar body. That ticked me off, but the guitar is otherwise wonderful, so I got over it.I have only used electrics for decades, so I first wanted to get the action as close as possible. The nut is already set nice and low, so all I had to do is tighten the truss rod a bit with the included wrench, then slide out the bridge and file it down a bit (comes with an extra bridge in case of disaster).It?s an easy to play acoustic-electric that, while not able compete with higher-priced models, does a wonderful job for a very small price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good Deal

      By XYZ-xTIGj

      from In 'da South!

      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Got this guitar 2 weeks ago...have been very pleased with it so far. Really, for the $$$ that you save, this is a hard one to pass up. Action was good, sounds great plugged up, has some nice eye appeal, super-duper easy to play, and gosh, it simply is the right price.Played it live and it stayed in tune the whole time. Even after having the capo on and off...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Coolest guitar I ever owned

      By nobody special

      from Undisclosed

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      Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is amazing. Its plays beautifully and sounds amazing. Its so versitile in the studio. I run it out to a digitech RP2000 and then to the Behringer Ultra-G DI box with 4x12 cab simulator and have recorded some of the coolest tones with that setup. Its acoustic tone when unplugged is cool, its not the greastest Ive ever heard but it sounds good for a thin body. Good enough to jam in the living room anyway. Besides with this beauty its al about being plugged in.

       
      5.0

      YES

      By Lamimartin

      from Quebec

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues
        • Worship

        Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Bought at a pawn shop for the price of the rigid case alone... best bargain ever ! Slim body is very light and comfortable. Versatile, and easy to play, reasonnably loud for practice or small room, but plugged on a quality amp, it sounds BIG, rich and deep. It has the touch of an electric, with the rich tones of an acoustic (plugged). I is my favorite of the five different types of guitars I own for over 30 y.

         
        5.0

        Nice!

        By Rockchick

        from CA

        Comments about Ibanez Talman TCM50 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I've had this guitar since August and I loved it from the beginning and now 5 months later I still love it especially with the Ibanez Troubador amp I just got for Christmas! This guitar sound sweet!

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