Ibanez GA6CE

Acoustic 6-String Guitar

Made by Ibanez

Description Nylon string cutaway. Ibanez AEQ45 electronics built in. Spruce top, mahogany back & sides. 18 Frets. Gold tuners
Posted By Bob Kjellquist (45)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (of 5)
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On 11/26/2004, John Chamley (252) posted:
Overall Rating:
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.
Price: $200.00
Where Obtained: ebay
Features:
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.
Playability:
This is my main guitar at home and for giving lessons. It plays very nicely. The neck is ok for a classical.
Sound Quality:
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.
Durability:
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.
On 3/15/2003, Seth Rawson (453) posted:
Overall Rating:
Looks great
Model Year: 2002
Price: $279.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Centre
Features:
Great Neck
Playability:
Kind of high action but tolerable
Sound Quality:
Sounds great plugged in with a little reverb
On 5/10/2002, Bob Kjellquist (45) posted:
Overall Rating:
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
Features:
Made in China. natural finish. cutaway
Playability:
Playability excellent with no flaws
Sound Quality:
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:
Durability appears to be excellent. It should withstand some hard playing,although I don't play it hard.