I chose this guitar mainly for it's smaller neck and playability. For the money, this is a well made guitar with good playability and sound.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $279.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Nicely made guitar with a spruce top, gold hardware, mahogany neck, back, and sides, rosewood bridge and fretboard, Ibanez piezo pickup, Ibanez 3-band EQ
14th fret neck/body joint and a natural high-gloss finish.
The original action is good.....I had the action on mine lowered and the more I play it the more I wish I'd never had it done.....I lost volume on strings 1, 2 and 3 and the control I have on the fretboard is just not what it used to be.....good guitar, but don't mess with the action.
The sound quality is best when amplified due to the thinline body design. However, it can still be played and heard quite well in an average size room without amplification. I run mine through a Roland microcube (used as a preamp on acoustic setting) which runs through a Fender FM 210R. I play mostly contemporary/smooth jazz on this guitar and am planning on adding flamenco to this list soon. I would recommend this guitar for a studio musician or someone who plays gigs in coffeehouses or other small/average size venues.
Durable enough for live playing.