Ibanez GA5TCE Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

If you love the sound of a classical guitar but hate the feel, this guitar is for you. It features a smaller neck for added comfort and playability.

When it's time to plug in at an affordable price, there's simply no better choice than the Ibanez GA nylon string guitars. With the GA60SCE you can get a solid top, nylon strings, cutaway, and Fishman electronics, all in one inexpensive instrument. And for the players who love the sound of nylon strings, but don't love the feel of the traditional wide classical neck, there's the GA5TCE thinline.


- Nylon strings
- Gold classical tuning machines
- Spruce top
- Sapele back, and sides
- Purpleheart fretboard and bridge
- High gloss finish
- Thinline classic-cutaway body
- Narrow nut
- Ibanez piezo pickup
- Ibanez 3-band EQ
- 14th fret neck/body joint
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Body Shape: Thinline Cutaway Classical body
Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: Sapele
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Purpleheart
Bridge: Purpleheart
Body Binding: Black
Soundhole Rosette: Classical Mosaic Design rosette
Tuning Machine: Gold classical tuner
Number of frets: 21
Strings: Coated nylon strings
Pickup: Ibanez Under Saddle Pickup
Preamp: Ibanez AEQ303
Output jack: 1/4" output
Battery: 9V battery
Finish Top: Gloss
Finish Back and Sides: Gloss
Finish Neck Back: Gloss

Neck Dimensions

Scale: 650mm
Width at Nut: 46mm
Width at 14th Fret: 58mm
Thickness at 1st: 21mm
Thickness at 7th: 23mm
Radius: Flat
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 6.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 18 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GA5TCE
Shipping Weight: 6.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 18 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GA5TCE

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-669-8262
Web: https://www.ibanez.com/usa/support/

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (88 ratings)
Submitted January 18, 2005 by a customer from swri.org

"Thin Looks And Fat Hooks"

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Great Sound, Great Value- I own some high-end classicals, and have found some good ones, but the GA5TCE is the one I most enjoy. Why? Because the neck is just right for intricate passages and all types of strumming. From folk to light rock, country to flamenco, it works! My chord hand doesn't get as tired when I play it. I play it hours at a time. It produces very good acoustic tones. A fun guitar to play.

Good, rich sound for a thinline classical! Louder than I expected unplugged. Great response. Works with any style I choose. Sounds best when eq'd with a lot of bass. Currently I plug it into a Digitech GNX4 processor, then main out in stereo to two Canadian made Yorkville 50 watt powered amps. Bass up a bit and add a little reverb and your in business! Sounds as good or better then the high-end big boys. Can you tell I love this guitar?

Combining spruce for the top and mohogany for the back and sides for a thinline guitar is a good combination. Exceptional tone when eq'd and amplified.

It's made well. Clean finish, good color, nice design. The mohogany wood grain on the back and sides look as good as higher priced classicals. Don't believe I need a backup for it. Lightweight and easy to pack for the road. The only problem I had was on the rosette. It bubbled slightly the first year I had it, but has since flattened (shrank) down to the face of the guitar. It's read more perfect now. Has not bubbled since.

Absolutly worth the price paid!

Manufacturer Support
No repairs or adjustments needed since I bought it 4 years ago. The rosette bubble problem solved itself. The Ibanez web site doesn't do justice to this guitar (not enough pictures).

The Wow Factor
Many people I played for enjoyed the looks, sounds, and wanted to know what make it was.

Musical Background:
Active Musician, Band Director, Recording Engineer

Musical Style:
Folk, Country, Jazz, Light Rock
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