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Ibanez Talman TCY20 Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The double-cutaway Ibanez TCY20 Talman Acoustic-Electric Guitar is perfect for the electric guitarist who wants the true tone of an acoustic guitar w...Click To Read More About This Product

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An acoustic with an electric guitar feel.

The double-cutaway Ibanez TCY20 Talman Acoustic-Electric Guitar is perfect for the electric guitarist who wants the true tone of an acoustic guitar without losing the comfort and playability of an electric. An Ibanez piezo and preamp with 2-band EQ make plugged-in fun easy. This TCY model features the clarity of a bridge pickup combined with an ash top.

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  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Ivorex II nut and saddle
  • Advantage bridge pins
  • Figured ash top and body
  • Abalone rosette
  • Ibanez piezo pickup
  • Ibanez AEQ201 2-band EQ

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Most Liked Positive Review


A Real Hybrid guitar

I've owned my Violin TCY20 for sveral years now. Still looks like new. Have to agree with most reviews:pretty figured ash finish, very comfortable to hold, decent build quality, fit and...Read complete review

I've owned my Violin TCY20 for sveral years now. Still looks like new. Have to agree with most reviews:pretty figured ash finish, very comfortable to hold, decent build quality, fit and finish. Rich sounding amplified tone sounds best through smaller acoustic amps. Big amps feedback pretty easily within closed rooms. Unplugged tone is accurate but muted. This laminate tone box doesn't project very well. However, that quality makes it well suited for quiet environs. Apartments, dorm rooms, hotel rooms. It works well with my guitar trainer and headphones. Same footprint as my classial guitar and they share a hard case. Finish is thick and damn near bullet-proof so it really takes a beating and wipes up clean. I'm impressed with Ibanez's careful packaging. They include spare tusq saddle nut and shims. Even the bridge pins are ivory colored tusq. Nice. My neck actually exhibited a slight back pull away from the top. The one way truss rod is only designed to add back pull, so my luthier had to increase action with medium weight D'Addarios. With a +25" scale length, that's a healthy amount of tension. It's a bit hard on my fingers to bar the first and second position cleanly. In time, the neck will flex enough to replace with lighter, more playable strings. The string spacing is somewhat tight on this guitar, so it lends itself to chord strumming over fingerpicking if you have large hands. I like to bring it along traveling with me. Highly recommended for the price, its generally good quality, and good looks. Would make a very nice going off to college gift for any musician student.


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This guitar was to fill a void in my collection. I needed a shalow body electric acoustic. The guitar looked great and seemed to be a bargain. The action out of the box...Read complete review

This guitar was to fill a void in my collection. I needed a shalow body electric acoustic. The guitar looked great and seemed to be a bargain. The action out of the box was weak but I'm pretty good at setting up a neck. The sound unplugged was weak. I was OK with that. The sound plugged in was great, nice and smooth. The feel was too light, almost cheezy or cheap. The battery compartment was not what you would expect from a quality instrument. The inlays started falling out one at a time! I have many guitars including an old Ibanez blazer that is a good friend. This one was a constant dissapointment. The neck had a slight twist and the would not adjust to my (very particular I'll admit) liking. I am talking in past tense because I glued the inlays back in and traded the guitar in on a beautiful (not Ibanez) semi-hollow electric. It will be some time before I entertain another Ibanez. they really disapointed me with this one. This is a poor student guitar. The good looks and profile do not justify playing a poorly crafted instrument.

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By Picasso

from Post Falls, Idaho

I just got my Ibanez TCY20VV 20 minutes ago! I tuned it and WOW! it sounds great.. I am a drummer and honestly not much of a guitar player, but I wanted to start playing again and needed a solid guitar, I certainly chose the right one for what I was willing to spend. The only thing I wish it had was an on-board tuner, but I don't really need it. I recommend this to anyone who wants a great value for not a ton of cash.

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not so sure about this one...

By thopp

from Omaha Nebraska

I've been playing for about 10 years. i got the ibanez tcy20 in red for christmas three years ago. the good: is has a big sound for it's little size and if i close my eyes while playing it, it feels like i could be playing a es335 or something. The bad: after about 2 years of light, non-abusive use, the bridge started to fail under the pressure of the strings and slightly bend up and out of the guitar towards the neck, which resulted in the top of the guitar to look a little wavy, which rendered the once perfect action of this guitar nonexistant. i never tuned the guitar to high or did anything that i can think of that could've caused this. since all the other reviews for this guitar are great, i'm led to believe that perhaps i just got the bad apple of the bunch, but who knows??



By TubaGuy

from Ohio

I just got this guitar for christmas, and let me tell you, this thing is amazing! Nice action, great sound and volume, and it sounds even more amazing when it is plugged in! I am very happy to own this guitar.


This guitar is the best

By G.D

from none of your business

This guitar is one of the best I've ever played. I even own two of them! The neck and body are the perfect size for playing and are able to produce beautiful sound that will blow you away. The price on the guitar is just right for what you will get out of it. If you buy this guitar, you will enjoy it for years and yaers to come, just as I have.


First Guitar

By Bobby-qM3Ft

from Rogers, AR

I've only had it a few days but I already am in love with it. Some don't like the thin-body acoustic but I really enjoy it, very playable, good action, sounds great over a system. Great step up from the TCY10.


Looks like a tele plays like a paul.

By Greg Predmore-mwhaa

from wilkes barre Pa

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I played one last year and said to me "I gotta get one". The neck is as fast as any electric and the sound is great, more than I figured in such a small body. Plug it in and WOW. The sound jumped right out of it.


Time Bandit

By Time Bandit

from Glendale, AZ

I just purchased my TCY20 from a Pawn shop. I was just looking around and picked this guitar up and could not believe that it played as easy as by LP electric. The neck us just one of the best I have seen. To be able to play bar chords on an acoustic guitar for hours is just unbelievable Very nice product


Sounds great on a system, ok without

By DSHot

from Olathe, KS

Well, it sure does look good! I have played for 7 years now on Gibsons, Seagulls, Epiphones, Gretsch and all others. This one is it's own deal. As an acustic it sounds a little like a tin can, however, that little downfall is made up when played over a system... sounds wonderful. Not too shabby.


Good-Looking with Fantastic sound.

By The-T0XFj

from Muse, OK

I recived this beautiful flat-top box last week, and wow was my first word. when I picked it up and tuned it within ten minutes, I couldn't lay it down for 2-hrs. I have been bending guitar strings for 40 yrs. and I have to say this "sweet thing" is just amazing. Without an amp it is great for the front room, if you move to the front porch and hook it to a ten or twenty watt amp--it is awesome.I got this for my wife, but I'm going to order another one for me.



By Bluestraveler

from Michigan

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Had a Rogue Grand Concert. Fell in love with the smaller size of it but had to return it b/c the neck was installed at the wrong angle, according to the Luthier. Purchased this Ibanez instead. Better quality than the Rogue. But I believe the Fishman pickup in the Rogue is better. Like the looks and tone of this one better than the Rogue. Very comfortable and convenient. Because of its streamlined size, I can play my Ibanez with my laptop sitting on my legs at the same time. Very beautiful fit and finish. Finish is much better than the Rogue, which is a bit sloppy. The Ibanez is flawless and the Ibanez uses better material for saddle and nut. Although I had heard the Ash Laminate in the TCY20 will have better tone than the mahogany Laminate in the TCY10, my Luthier tells me that is not true and both should sound the same. But, the awesome appearance in the TCY20 in vintage violin or transparent red is worth the extra money.Lowered the action and it is low and plays very fast. Much more comfortable than my Drednought and the double cutaway allows you to go way up the fretboard.


Love It!

By MayhemChaos

from Omaha, NE

It's a favorite of mine. I looked over many comparative guitars that were hefty on my budget. This one gets it done at a fraction. Mine is violin sunburst and I've owned it for over two (trouble-free)years. Still haven't changed the strings. I use it mainly for composition and relaxation. I highly recommend it.


Ibanez TCY20

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a very small body guitar, but with a big sound. It handles very well and sounds great. I haven't tried hooking it up to an amp yet. I think this would be great for younger players or people with smaller hands.


Great in its niche, very good value

By Pharmboy

from Lexington, NC

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great for a smaller acoustic. Noticed that if you line up 10 of them, they will all sound and play a bit different, however, as I checked out several at 3 music stores. Ended up buying local so I could play before I bought. The one I bought has very good sustain and a nice ring to it, comparable to a more expensive guitar.Bought as a "stand in the corner" acoustic at the house for evening picking (just left the band for good), and to take camping and traveling, since it is smaller. Neck is half way between electric and acoustic, but not quite as nice as my old Kramer Ferrington. Plugged in it sounds decent, but a little thick in the lower mids, due to the 2 band eq. Still easy to eq out, and it has better than average string presence, with a very slightly processed sound. Very usable, though.All in all, worth more than the price if a small body acoustic is what you need. Not the right guitar for bluegrass or a touring pro, but I would take it up on stage for the average bar gig with little hesitation. Binding looks nice (but tiny flaws) and overall looks are above average.I own several Teles and have used them for decades, but this guitar is much better than the Telecoustic or Stratacoustic. Do yourself a favor, do NOT buy the TYC10 to save a few bucks, this one is worth the extra money in tone alone.


It is what it is

By Smokin' Joe-Rt0LE

from Undisclosed

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Ibanez Talman TCY20 Acoustic-Electric It works for what I wanted: a cheap thin bodied acoustic electric. Unplugged tone is leaves a lot to be desired but plugged in it does fine. I wanted something like this because it you can play it rather quietly as full bodied acoustics resonate volumes more than this thing. It plays decent enough for the price range but feels very cheap, almost toy-like. The finish looks very nice, a good looking guitar to have on a stand. Kinda wish I had bought a little more quality and a little less finish. The eq seems to have little effect.


yee haw

By Guitarzan-MV5q8

from Ridgway, PA

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I just got my TCY20 in VV about a week ago and wow. I was expecting a giutar and got a work of art the sound is beautiful unplugged. I havent yet had the chance to plug it in but i cant wait. The only thing negative i can even think to say that i noticed was that the sticker on the eq wasnt on exactly straight but its a sticker and it wasnt hard to fix. Anyhow if your want a great feeling and sounding guitar look no further this is the one you want.


Ibanez Talman

By The Hef

from Durant, Ok

I bought the Classic Violin while I was deployed to Afghanistan and wanted a good cheap smaller acoustic/electric. When I got it in the mail I was floored by the looks. I played it and couldn't put it down. Its now a year later and it goes everywhere with me. The only problem I had with it was that the strings are to high off the fretboard factory. It came with a taller saddle so I took it and cut it down and now the strings at the 12th fret are as low as they are at the first fret. This guitar will never be for sell!!!! I will still be playing this guitar in 20 years!!!!


A Little Disappointed

By h2oskate

from Moneta, VA

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I bought this guitar for three reasons. First, my music reached the point where an A/E guitar was needed. Second, one of the tech Tips talked about the thin necks on Ibanez guitars, something I appreciate with my small hands. Third, several active, professional level musicians gave it very high praise. One of the things I noticed on the guitar I got is that the strings get very high after the 6th or 7th fret. It almost reminds me of the cheap guitars from way back when; the neck was like half a tree and you could put a finger between the upper frets and the fingerboard. I was really hoping this would work, 'cause I don't really care for dreadnought bodies. This guitar will be going back and I think I'll do a little more shopping around.


Fast acoustic!!!

By Greg Predmore-mwhaa

from wilkes barre Pa

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Big Ibenez fan here. I own 10 of them. I'm in a wheelchair and bought this one for playing downtown for tips. Ok, I've never played a faster cleaner acoustic neck. Plugged into my Blackheart 5 watt, the sound stays true to the un-plugged sound, just louder. Unplugged the guitar surprised me with it's tone and volume. I expected it to be quieter.


J.C. Melancon

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This has been a great buy for me all the way around. This guitar not only looks great but sounds great!!! For the price and the quality you cannot beat it. I've had fellow musicians listen to me perform with this guitar and was blown away with the tone and sound quality!! It's worth the purchase and then some!!


Had it for a while

By Little Willie-zz_b-

from Mt. Zion IL

I bought this guitar a few years ago, because I liked the feel of the neck on my old Ibanez electric. It replaced a deep bowl Applause electric/acoustic guitar I had been using. It sounds better, and is a much easier guitar to play. The finish, while not perfect, looks beautiful - even having a 3D appearance to it (mine is the trans. red). The unplugged sound is typical for a thin body acoustic (thin), but the amplified sound is very nice. The first thing I did was put Elixir strings on it an flatten the neck a bit. The only really annoying thing about this guitar was trying to get one of those silca gel bags out of it.

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