For the money, this is a nice guitar. Very convenient for my situation and easy to plug in. The volume of acoustic sound could be a little louder, especially since most of its use is unplugged. But it's not bad. The piezo sound is what it is. This is a good one, but if I had more money I might look at some alternative internal microphone systems.
The jack could use some reinforcement but I have taken care of that. The guitar needs a little extra care when it's plugged in.
If it were stolen I might buy this again if it was covered by insurance. I might not want to pay the new price and instead might opt for a classical without the piezo. But, it is really convenient to be able to just plug in and be heard over drums and keyboards. I would really miss this instrument if it disappeared.
Where Obtained: ebay
I don't remember where it was made. I bought this from ebay as kind of a factory second. It had a slight flaw in the top. The piezo pickup was hanging loose inside when I got it. I decided to keep it and fix the problem myself because the price was good. I had to do some work on the bridge area to seat the piezo pickup so that the sound from each string was even. Now it is just fine and has a really nice tone range from the built-in eq. This guitar has Fishman piezo and preamp that seem to be of good quality.
This is my main guitar at home and for giving lessons. It plays very nicely. The neck is ok for a classical.
The acoustic sound is a little quiter than I would like. This is perhaps because the guitar is a little too well built for a classical guitar. The overall sound has no unpleasand overtones and is quite bright in a pleasant way.
This is a classical guitar and works very nicely as a versatile solo and occassional band instrument. I use it occassionally to play classical pieces in church and with the band. The sound is piezo, but it's decent - better than some others that I've tried. It's just so much more convenient than using a mike. In a live situation I think the piezo sounds just fine, although I don't think you will see a "real" concert guitarist use one.
For recording, the sound is clear as a bell. However, a microphone suites this type of guitar much better. I haven't as much time as I would like to spend recording, but when I do I make two tracks, one with the mike and one from the piezo. You can hear a track that I made using this guitar with a not-so-special fender mike into an old (but decent)cassette tape 4-track. This is mostly microphone with a hint of piezo and some digital reverb added. Just go to my site - www.guitar-lessons.us then pick the (currently only) mp3 that is there from the right panel.
Although its a nylon string guitar, it has a truss rod. I never tried to adjust it although perhaps it would benefit from it when I get chance.
It's built pretty solidly. It was actually knocked on the floor with the jack plug in place and broke a hole around the side where the jack is fastened. I fixed it by laminating some strips of clear plastic that I cut from a carton and bonding with crazyglue. The repair is more solid than original and has been reinforced substantially now, but around that area is a weak spot with this type of acoustic guitar: The jack is just fastened to the thin wood sides.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $279.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Centre
Kind of high action but tolerable
Sounds great plugged in with a little reverb
Favorite aspect is it's appearance and playability. Nice neck. The gloss finish is excellent. It has a great overall feel and a great tone. I would replace it if anything were to happen to it. It is a great guitar for the price range, I am very pleased with it.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Made in China. natural finish. cutaway
Playability excellent with no flaws
I am using an Ibanez BZ10A amp with good results. I play the old standard pop music and some classical in fingerstyle. It also sounds great if you flat pick it with a soft thin pick
Durability appears to be excellent. It should withstand some hard playing,although I don't play it hard.