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Audiofanzine FR 11/06/2008

Ibanez V70CE : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
(Originally written by manorhead/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

Dreadnought guitar with cutaway, made in China. The paint runs everywhere, it's really awful...
Laminated mahogany back and sides
Mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
20 frets.
Piezo pickup + preamp with 2-band EQ
No sealed lubricated machine heads, what a pity!

UTILIZATION

Slim and comfortable neck but the nut is too high making the playing a bit arduous.

It's a Dreadnought, there's not much to say about the shape.
The preamp controls are quite simple, everything as it should be.

SOUNDS

I bought this guitar to write ballad/folk intros and it's great for that purpose.
The acoustic sound doesn't have a lot of deepness (and the original strings don't seem to help much).
With a good amp (Evan 60 tube amp) the small preamp changes the guitar sound completely making it much more interesting.

OVERALL OPINION

I just bought it. I like the guitar preamp, it sounds ok with a good amp. I also like the output connector on the strap pin and the slim neck.
I don't like the painting imperfections, the high nut, the disgusting smell of glue making me sick, the glossy finish highlighting all the fingerprints (I spend more time cleaning it than playing it) and I don't like the acoustic sound.
I didn't try any other guitar and I purchased it on the internet.
This Chinese electro-acoustic Ibanez sold with a pick, cable, truss rod key and some spare parts was really cheap. Good value for money. It's not an upper-class product but it's good enough for me. I will lower the nut as soon as possible.
If I were to buy another guitar I wouldn't buy it on the internet and I would choose one without manufacturing defects for the same price.