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    Understated vintage styling and extended low-end range.

    The Ibanez SGE130 Sage Series Acoustic-Electric is a benchmark acoustic for players who need quality and affordability. It's a Jumbo guitar, which Ibanez found to be the best size for extended low-end ranges.

    This Ibanez SGE130 sounds as great as it looks. It has a beautiful sunburst and natural high-gloss finish and a brilliantly designed, large, classic pickguard that contributes to the understated vintage styling.

    The AP3 magnetic pickup is specially designed to attach to the soundhole of the SGE130 and produces full and warm sound, complemented by the AEQ200MT preamp, which has a 2-band tone control and an onboard tuner as well.

    The Ivorex II nut is stronger and more durable than bone and even harder than the original Ivorex. Ivorex II nut allows brilliant highs and more pronounced lows with less mid-range which makes Ivorex II-fitted guitars perfect for amplification.

    Appearance, sound,and playability are the main reasons a guitar gets chosen by a player and this Sage Jumbo has it all at a low cost.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Body Shape: Jumbo
    • Neck: Mahogany
    • Back/Sides: Mahogany
    • Top: Spruce
    • Rosette: Pearloid rosette
    • Tuners: Ibanez chrome die-cast
    • Pickup: Ibanez AP3 magnetic
    • Electronics: Ibanez AEQ200MT Preamp with 2-Band EQ with onboard tuner
    • Fretboard: Rosewood bridge and fretboard
    • Saddle: Ivorex II™ nut and saddle
    • Bridge Pins: Advantage™

    Get this jumbo Ibanez for a not-so-jumbo price. Order today.

     

    SGE130 Sage Series Acoustic Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • Body Style: Jumbo
    • Width: 16.125"
    • Depth: 4.75"
    • Length: 20"
    • Neck Dimensions
    • Scale/Length: 25.5"
    • Width at Nut: 1.7"
    • Width at Joint: 2.165"
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    IbanezSGE130 Sage Series Acoustic Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    4.0

    Great looks, decent sound, great value!!

    By Paul

    from Seoul, Korea

    Pros

    • Jumbo Body
    • On-Board Tuner
    • Quality Tuners
    • Traditional looks

    Cons

    • Bridge Material
    • Bridge Pins
    • Input jack
    • Nut Material

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ibanez SGE130 Sage Series Acoustic Electric Guitar:

      Aesthetics 10/10 - I absolutely loved the jumbo body and bold lines. The huge headstock reminded me of a vintage Harmony Archtop as well as the tight mid section. The back end is huge making this guitar rather loud.Mine is black burst.Reminds me almost of a 50's pinup with huge hips and bust and a narrow waist with a big buffant of jet black hair. Beautiful guitar.Value 8/10 - Excellent value at the [$] list price. You can see that the finish is not first rate and the on board pre-amp only has two EQ sliders as cost-cutting measures. I would have paid more for a better pre-amp.If you are shopping for a budget guitar that has great looks and decent tone you have found a good one in the under 300$ price range.Tone 7/10 - This guitar definately cannot hold up to Martins costing 3-5 times as much but for the price this guitar had great tone. I have played it standard and in Open D and I like it much better in open D.This guitar seems to shine in open tunings and is passable in standard.Amplified the guitar is not as bright as a peizo but I addressed that issue with an EQ pedal. Again, the limited on-board EQ sliders (only bass and treble).Playability 9/10 - I bought mine at a brick and mortar shop in South Korea and the set up at the chain store was outstanding.Great fret clearance. Love it. No buzzing anywhere.Hardware 6/10 - Here's where I have some gripes albeit none are major deal breakers for me.Tuners are good for this price range. I am glad they did not skimp too much in this area.Neck nut is some propietory plastic that was cut really tight to the strings. Widening this may make the guitar brighter but I have yet to try it. Changing strings to a lighter gauge than the factory set (I have put E. Ball .12's) may also help to brighten up the tone. Upgrading to true bone maybe in my guitar's future.Frets are not as fat as I like but definately no major complaints here, just personal preference.Bridge saddle is the same material as the nut. No complaints here, material seems fine for this application.Bridge wood seems a little soft though that may be humidity. When I changed my strings I was able to easily dent the wood with my pin puller. Not a deal-breaker but definately notice the sub-premium materials here.Pins seemed exceedingly tight but again, this may be to the wood in the bridge swelling due to humidity.The on-board tuner is very basic, LED's indicating sharp/flat higher or lower and a digi note indicator. It is only good for a rudimentary tuning but works. The guitar must have a cable inserted into the input in order for the tuner to work. Cool little touch.Straplocks are in the standard electric guitar configuation. The rear strap lock doubles as the input jack which I don't like beccause I cannot change it for a locking strap lock.Pickguard is thin cheap plastic. Does not bother me one bit.Fit and Finish 6/10 - This is where I believe many of the cost cutting measures are obvious. As other reviewers have mentioned there is over spray on the bridge glue and the 'burst' finish has some inconsistancies but again, not deal breakers for me.I love the styling and body and the guitar looks fantastic from about 10 feets away. She's a pin-up and like any pin-up the close ups are where you notice the little flaws.OVERALL: Most of the hang ups I have with this guitar I can live with or change with very little effort.The guitar looks great and sounds better than it should for this price and should please most buyers, especially with it's easy playability it should please beginner guitar players.

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      4.0

      Sweet for the $$$!

      By Harpnotic E-fect

      from Roswell, NM

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautiful finish details

      Cons

      • tuner

      Best Uses

      • Plugged in un plugged

      Comments about Ibanez SGE130 Sage Series Acoustic Electric Guitar:

      What a beauty! Once tuned up this big box really holds a tune. Absolutely zero intonation or neck issues; dead-on right outta the box! The color is overall a little redder than I expected, but very nice none the less. I played it out at a gig three days after receiving it, and was impressed how easy it is to set up to play plugged in. My usual gigging guitar is a SJ200 and with its active piezo and lack of controls on the guitar, feedback is a HUGE problem. Not so with this Ibanez. Standing O to Ibanez; for this price there's no reason to play a compromise set-up onstage.

      The only oddity is the need to plug a cable into the jack to access the tuner, but it's a minor gripe, since everything else about this instrument is really well done. (I lopped off the end-jack from an old cable and keep that in the gig-bag for tuner access!)

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ibanez sge 130

      By Sharon Graves

      from Ripley MS.

      Comments about Ibanez SGE130 Sage Series Acoustic Electric Guitar:

      First of all, let me say that I have been playing guitar for 39 years, (i started when I was in the 3rd grade.... I'm not that old!) I have played everything from Martins to taylors on down to cheapies, and I've got to say this guitar sounds awsome. I've always wanted a jumbo body guitar, but I didn't have a body part that I could sell to buy the Gibson J200. This guitar sounds good unplugged and great going thru my recording equipment. This is the best money you will ever spend!

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this guitar!

      By Kookoofor

      from Riverton, UT

      Comments about Ibanez SGE130 Sage Series Acoustic Electric Guitar:

      The guitars sound is amazing!!! You will fall in love with it! The only problem I had with it was the tuner on my guitar does not work unless it is plugged into and amp... But that was mine :) Great pick for beginner or if your looking for a nice guitar, for cheap :D Ibanez Forever!

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gorgeous Guitar!

      By Gordon Hazell

      from Anguilla

      Comments about Ibanez SGE130 Sage Series Acoustic Electric Guitar:

      I fell in love with this guitar as soon as I saw it. I've been looking for a nice dark jumbo for years since I got the last Epiphone SJ 18 SCE from Music 123 which is a GREAT guitar. Bit it is a cutaway and I wanted one without the cutaway. When I saw this one I knew it was love at first sight and I had to get it. I ordered it and was just overjoyed when it came in. I took it out, tuned it up and strummed it. Then came the disappointments.1. The intonation sucked. I fixed that with a bit of adjustments in the truss rod.then i plugged it in and then...more disappointments (does this sound like marriage to anyone?)2. It hummed terribly and sounded like crap. The pickups is terrible. So i ordered a peizo and with a drill installed it and it sounds GREAT now.So in essence it is a beautiful guitar. Ibanez outdid themselves on the looks. But without the tinkering it did not connect well with me (Hey this does sound like marriage).So Go get yourself a Sage 130 and if you can't stand the hum and the warmth then do what I did.You won't regret buying it. Just take it to a tech or if you can fix it up yourself then do that.

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      5.0

      Very nice!

      By EaglesWg

      from North Carolina

      Comments about Ibanez SGE130 Sage Series Acoustic Electric Guitar:

      I've been playing acoustic for over 30 years in bands and solo. My "workhorse" is a Takamine Santa Fe coupled wiith a Yairi 12 string. I have always used either an Alvarez Artist series or one of the upper end Takamine G series guitars for a back up 6 string, but wanted to add the sound of a jumbo to the mix. Being on a budget, I looked for something inexpensive. After reading the first review of this guitar I took a chance. I have to say, for the money, I am impressed. Deffinitely a "best value". On features, I agree with the other review that it would be nice if the preamp at least had a mid range adjustment in addition to the bass and treble, but it does seem to work pretty well the way it is. You do have to plug in to access the tuner, but this is a battery saving feature I have seen on other on-board tuners. In quality, there is some glue residue around the bridge and intonation on the low E string is a TINY bit off on some frets. Other than that I find no issues. The action was quite high for my taste on arrival, but that was easily corrected with a set up. After lowering the action and making some minor adjustments, I have to say the sound is very nice. Overall, I would say it is a solid 4.5. It even came with an extra bridge saddle and a spare bridge pin! Now that's a nice touch. VERY nice for a guitar in this price range!

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      5.0

      WOW!!!!!!

      By guitarlover21

      from North Carolina

      Comments about Ibanez SGE130 Sage Series Acoustic Electric Guitar:

      Alright, I'm the main acoustic guitarist of two bands, I play for hours almost every day, and I perform maybe two to three times a week. So that being said, don't write off what I have to say thinking that because I bought an entry-level guitar here that I'm a beginner with no experience or knowledge about quality instruments.Here are the things I'm not too happy about with this guitar. The reason why I gave this a 4.5 for features is because I wish the preamp were 3 or 4 band, and you have to plug a chord into the guitar to access the tuner. But, hey, it's a cheap guitar. The reason why I gave it a 4 for quality is because the fretboard feels a little rough, the intonation is just a hair sharp, there is a small patch of dried glue on the bridge, the strings were kind of dirty when I got it, and it wasn't in tune when I took it out of the case. (ordered a Gator lightweight case with it that works pretty well).Now for the things that I am pleased with. This guitar has an amazing acoustic sound!!!!! It was love at first strum. In standard tuning, it's a nice pretty voice, but I got it for the purpose of it being my DADGAD acoustic, and MAN!!!!! When I switched over to DADGAD, this guitar sang the stars out of the Heavens with it's rich, warm, and brilliant voice. That being said, I was very pleased, also, with the pickup and the plugged-in sound. Of course, it's not a Fishman, but the magnetic pickup captured so well the rich and sparkling tone of the guitar. I ordered mine in the antique violin finish because I wanted the nice dark, chocolate brown color to make it clearly distinguishable from my go-to dreadnought with natural, solid spruce top for an audience. The pictures on here don't give any justice at all to the beauty of this finish! The action already was very nice and easy. It feels good in my hands, although it could be a little easier and lower when it comes to playing leads on the higher strings, but I'll get it set up eventually.All in all, I thought I was just getting a cheap, second guitar for DADGAD usage, but I was blown away when I played it. I plan to take it to the shop for a setup, and some day, I'd like to replace the pickup and the nut and saddle with bone, but you CANNOT beat this!!!! Buy one!!!!!!!!!

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