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Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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The Ibanez GA5TCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a thinline classical cutaway body with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides. The mahogan...Click To Read More About This Product

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A slimmer neck and body than the traditional classical guitar.

The Ibanez GA5TCE Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a thinline classical cutaway body with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides. The mahogany neck features a 14th fret neck/body joint and a rosewood fretboard. Gold hardware and classical tuning machines. The narrower neck plays easily, especially for those used to steel string guitar necks. An Ibanez piezo pickup and 3-band EQ let you amplify the sound of the nylon strings with full fidelity.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Spruce top
Gold hardware
Thinline classical cutaway body
Classical tuning machines
Mahogany neck, back, and sides
Rosewood bridge and fretboard
46mm nut
Ibanez piezo pickup
Ibanez 3-band EQ
14th fret neck/body joint
Natural high-gloss finish
Case sold separately

An especially nice guitar for a very affordable price. Order one today.

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by PowerReviews
IbanezGA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice, but needs fret dressing

This seems to be pretty well made and nicely set-up, especially for the price. Good looking, (my wife says it's "pretty") with nice action and a comfortable neck. Really...Read complete review

This seems to be pretty well made and nicely set-up, especially for the price. Good looking, (my wife says it's "pretty") with nice action and a comfortable neck. Really needs fret dressing, as the ends are extremely sharp. This wasn't my first choice for a nylon string guitar, (the Ibanez AEG10NE is nicer, but the tangerine-color finish is hideous) but so far I'm happy with it, it serves well as an easy-playing guitar for my old arthritic hands.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You had better know how to work on Guitars

It would really consume to much time to list all the problems with this guitar,,& the only reason I didnt return it is because I work on guitars & decided to tackle this...Read complete review

It would really consume to much time to list all the problems with this guitar,,& the only reason I didnt return it is because I work on guitars & decided to tackle this challenging project...So,,here is the list of issues that define the absence of quality control..electronic,s'''unequal output''low E,to,D,good'''G,to high E,,barely audible'''action''horrible''like 1/2 high from mid-end''not a hard fix to sand down the bridge''& if your truss rod responds correct''''this one does not'' the tuners are total junk''the tension screw,s are strip,t on 2 on the left & 1 is in such a bind that it grinds'''Not quite sure what this neck profile is,,but it really is the worse Ive ever played on any'''& I do mean any, on all guitars Ive ever owned or played'''this will be a huge project in its,self..& the nut'''will just say'''must be replaced''The frets'''where do I start'''run,out on all of them & so sharp,,they will cut you'''serious''I have knives I wish were this sharp..I think that about covers It..Of course this is in no way any reflection on M.F. they are allways first class on taking care of their customers'''In the end, I may regret taking on this project,,but the way I see It,,If I can turn this piece of total mess into a guitar,,I,ll come away really proud of myself...

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(8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Traded up after review

By GuitarZan-uKY_X

from Santa Cruz, CA

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Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I could not tell much about this guitar from the one picture and the description. I ordered it and was disappointed. The electronics were low end with no tuner. There was no guitar strap attachments. The guitar is beautiful in appearance and there was no problems with the one I received. The guitar would not fit in a standard classical guitar case that I ordered, SBK-3. It was too long by about a half inch. Even though it has a shallow body the sound was good enough for personal playing at home without an amp. Amplifying I needed to put base to max and treble to min, since the guitar sounds a bit tinny with not much deep sounds. I sent this one back and ordered the Bubinga wood version from the EW line.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice, but needs fret dressing

By Houself

from Doylestown, PA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice action
  • Nice Sound Great Value
  • Seems Pretty Well Made

Cons

  • Needs Fret Dressing
  • No Strap Buttons

Best Uses

  • Practice

Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This seems to be pretty well made and nicely set-up, especially for the price. Good looking, (my wife says it's "pretty") with nice action and a comfortable neck. Really needs fret dressing, as the ends are extremely sharp. This wasn't my first choice for a nylon string guitar, (the Ibanez AEG10NE is nicer, but the tangerine-color finish is hideous) but so far I'm happy with it, it serves well as an easy-playing guitar for my old arthritic hands.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent value, very good sound

By ken-azSh6

from colorado

Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I play electric & wanted a good acoustic. My son needed a nylon string for lessons at school & I didn't want to go totally cheap. We?re both happy! Excellent finish, slimmer neck, beautiful wood, great 3-band EQ. Only 8 stars for quality for 3 reasons: Tuning keys are cheap plastic. Also, the thinline design doesn?t sound quite as rich as a full-bodied classical. Last, the neck & headstock are 2 pieces joined together. I realize some compromise is needed to meet a sub-$300 price. Ibanez chose the tuning keys & joined headstock. But they didn?t skimp on sound or overall construction & finish. More pluses: The slimmer neck, & the neck joins the body at 14th fret rather than 12th like a traditional classical. The guitar is comfortable to an electric player or to a student with smaller hands. The unamplified sound is sweet, if a little thin. Amplified, the 3-band EQ delivers everything from deep rich nylon tones, to harder almost steel-string tones. Workmanship, finish, sound & value is unbeatable at this price. Excellent for an electric player who wants a beautiful acoustic, or students who want a nylon string that will grow with them & remain useful long after taking lessons at school.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The nylon jazz guitar

By MusicNut

from MD

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Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The ga5tce is slim -- it has a thin body and a narrow neck. This guitar is perfect for single note soloing in jazz. Despite the fact that the body is thin (without an am) the acoustics are great. I play it without an amp while watching TV. When you plug it in an amp, your in heaven. The neck is a little longer than the ga6ce where the body starts at the fourteenth fret. The action is incredibly low - the best action for any nylon string guitar I've played. If you're looking for a slim jazz acoustic guitar w/ electronics, this is the guitar for you at a low price.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great inexpensive guitar

By SirDavidV

from Maricopa, Az

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Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is not a bad guitar for the price. I was looking for something inexpensive to go to as an acoustic electric. The action is decent and the sound and tone very nice. The tuning keys are a little cheap, but I didnt expect much for this price. Overall I am impressed with the sound. If your looking for something inexpensive to start on, this is worth considering. I went this way when I bought it, particularly for the thin line body. It is very comfortable. I was happy enough with the sound, I did use it on one recording at the tail end of Four Corners. It did the job very nicely.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice but needs fret dressing

By Houself

from Doylestown, PA

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Pros

  • Good Neck And Fretboard
  • Nice Finish
  • well made for price

Cons

  • No case available
  • Sharp Fret Ends

Best Uses

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Seems well-made, especially for price. Actually would have preferred the AEG10NE, but couldn't take the orange color (Ibanez, please, make natural a choice again).

    Guitar plays well, and the thin neck is easy on my old arthritic hands.

    On the down side, be ready to do some fret dressing. The sides of the frets are very sharp. Also, can't seem to find a case that fits.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Electric Classic

    By Guitarist who teaches English

    from Bradford, Pa.

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    A happy medium between the extremes of solid-body classical guitars, and traditional classical guitars, this Ibanez thin hollow-body classical guitar provides enough volume for unamplified practice. Amplified, it produces crisp, clean, even beautiful tones, with plenty of volume. I recommend the Roland Micro Cube amp for it. A wonderful value, the guitar and amp will provide musical fun and satisfaction for years.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Likes and Dislikes

    By Lulu

    from Port Saint Lucie, FL

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar in '05, still have it, still play it. The only thing that bothers me is the little plastic tuners, they're lame. You can change them easily. The sound is good. Not as loud as a normal body sized classical guitar... obviously since its body is thin. But when you hook it up to an amplifier, it's good! OH, the saddle and the nut have turned to a yellowish-brownish color, but again, surely could be changed (3 years of use). It's a pretty guitar. Since the neck is not wide, when you bend the strings, it is easy to run out of room in the E strings. That's the price you pay for fashion. Great guitar!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Big & Warm Sounding Guitar

    By Hersey

    from Brockton, MA

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    If you're a musician who plays and sings intimate songs, this is the guitar for you. With a nice amp your ears will fall in love and you won't put it down. The guitar is very light and the action is just right for an accoustic guitar. Ibanez did a wonderful job on this one. Peace.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Ibanez rules when it comes to playability!

    By tonemeister-bOk1F

    from Central U.S.

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Value, quality and playability is Ibanez's trademark!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gorgeous guitar

    By Fretbd

    from Fairfax Station, VA

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    The Ibanez guitars sound great and are very attractively made. Excellent choice.

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    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    just a really good guitar

    By cmoote11

    from newport, NH

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    if you like classical guitar but hate that wide neck you get with most, then this is the one. light weight, good string space and great tone. the only drawback is it is thin body so without an amp it isn't that loud. overall just a real good guitar at a great price.thanks

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Ibanez GA5TCE Classical-electric

    By julemc2004

    from Pineville, MO

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Not a bad axe if you're just beginning on classicals, but if you cut your teeth on them as I have, the neck will be too narrow for the fat nylon strings. The laminated top produces poor classical sound unplugged, but ain't bad through an amp. Not bad for its price, and the neck at least is adjustable.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good price for a good-sounding classical/electric

    By Jazz83

    from Arkansas

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This was my first classical. The narrower neck is easy to adjust to from electric or steel-string, but I did find that after I became serious with classical guitar, the narrow width made it hard to do contrapuntal lines and keep everything ringing, so I ended up having to buy a "real" classical. For things like jazz or practicing in the room, though, this is a great little guitar. Not much acoustic volume, but plugged in sounds very warm and natural. Great buy for this price.

     
    1.0

    You had better know how to work on Guitars

    By Tim

    from Edgar Springs Missouri

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    Pros

    • A great project for a long Winter

    Cons

    • end to end

    Best Uses

    • Mabey a wall hanger

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    It would really consume to much time to list all the problems with this guitar,,& the only reason I didnt return it is because I work on guitars & decided to tackle this challenging project...So,,here is the list of issues that define the absence of quality control..electronic,s'''unequal output''low E,to,D,good'''G,to high E,,barely audible'''action''horrible''like 1/2 high from mid-end''not a hard fix to sand down the bridge''& if your truss rod responds correct''''this one does not'' the tuners are total junk''the tension screw,s are strip,t on 2 on the left & 1 is in such a bind that it grinds'''Not quite sure what this neck profile is,,but it really is the worse Ive ever played on any'''& I do mean any, on all guitars Ive ever owned or played'''this will be a huge project in its,self..& the nut'''will just say'''must be replaced''The frets'''where do I start'''run,out on all of them & so sharp,,they will cut you'''serious''I have knives I wish were this sharp..I think that about covers It..Of course this is in no way any reflection on M.F. they are allways first class on taking care of their customers'''In the end, I may regret taking on this project,,but the way I see It,,If I can turn this piece of total mess into a guitar,,I,ll come away really proud of myself...

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    5.0

    It is now getting old like me but still sounds beautiful

    By old Ozzie muso

    from Australia

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought mine back in the 90's and went overseas for 7 years and left it with my brother who stored it in his garage roof which leaked as did the vinyl bag it was in. The neck and body survived very well except for the finish on the "spruce" top. I sanded it back to refinish it but found it is a ply top not solid spruce and I went through to top ply at one edge. This doesn't look all that bad and I still love this guitar which sits proudly among my other 8 guitars being Gibson, Fender, Yamaha, Takamine and my lovely Epiphone jazz guitars.

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    1.0

    Another cheap Chinese guitar !.

    By Viking

    from Central Florida

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    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Unfinished frets, body flaws and scuff marks, no strap buttons.

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    • No
     
    4.0

    Good price, great value

    By BlindDrunkMusic

    from Bradford, Ontario

    Comments about Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE Thinline Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This is my first classical guitar. I have been playing for about 30 years and am quite impressed by the quality and sound of this instrument. The price is quite reasonable, the tone very acceptable through an amp, and the guitar quite playable. For the musician looking for a first classical guitar at a decent price I highly recommend this bad boy.

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