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reverend mikey
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Jun 29th, 2016 07:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

NLAGD - New Lefty Acoustic Guitar Day

Tomorrow I'll take delivery of a new lefty Ibanez 000 all hog acoustic. Ibanez calls it an OM/Grand Concert model, but it's got a short scale length (24.9") which I associate with vintage 000 Martins...

Also has some other nice specs for a $300 guitar:
Solid mahogany top
Bone nut and compensated bone saddle
Abalone rosette
1 3/4" nut
Grover tuners
what Ibanez calls "open pore" ("OPN") finish - a very thin finish on top/sides/back

My first true left-handed acoustic was an Ibanez I bought around '78-'79 (mentioned in another thread here); if this one sticks around as long I'll have it for another 37-38 years!

I'll give a full report tomorrow when it arrives. Will try the stock strings, but I have a set of D'Addario Nickel Bronze Mediums to throw on there pretty quickly... Will also try the Martin Monel Retros.

You Tube demo

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 10:57 PM, Jun 29th, 2016)

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Jun 30th, 2016 05:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice! That one in the video sounds great.

Looks good too.

reverend mikey
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Jun 30th, 2016 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Ragtop.

This was sort of a "GAS stopgap measure..." I've been waiting for a custom Larrivee that I ordered clear back in early November through Dietze in Omaha. It really should've been done in April; I *might* see it next week, right after the 4th of July. Larrivee has apologized for the delay and is sending me some SWAG... hey I'm willing to wait a little longer as long as the guitar is done right (or is that *left*?) and sounds good!

This little all hog Ibanez is around 1/7th to 1/8th the cost of the Larrivee (which is also all hog); so I'm not expecting "tone" miracles, but as I said, I do like the specs, and that they offered it in a lefty version for us geetar players with a birth defect!

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 09:57 AM, Jun 30th, 2016)

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Jun 30th, 2016 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Enjoy Rev. I am always impressed with the quality of the Ibby acoustics. For the price, tough to beat.

Ragtop
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Jul 1st, 2016 05:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool! You'll have to post some pics of the Larrivee when it shows up.

reverend mikey
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Jul 1st, 2016 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Cool! You'll have to post some pics of the Larrivee when it shows up."

Will do. Now it looks like it may be done and ship on Wednesday or Thursday next week; so I won't see it for another week yet.

Meanwhile, this little Ibanez AC240 is pretty nice for $300! A comparable $330 all hog (with solid top) guitar is Fender's Tim Armstrong signature model, and it looks, feels and sounds like a toy in comparison.

The tone of the Ibby is decent, but not on the level of a Martin 15 series. I don't know how long it takes for a hog top to "open up," but I suspect it's as long or longer than spruce. I'm planning on keeping this thing and finding out. (Will be fun to compare it to the Larrivee when it arrives.)

The Ibby also needs the nut slots lowered (like almost every guitar I've ever bought - especially acoustics - and may need the saddle lowered a little as well. I've the the truss rod tweaked a bit so that the neck has almost no relief in it. No buzz, but very hard to play, especially close to the nut. (Simply putting a capo on the first fret reveals how much better it will play after a set-up!)

Fun little guitar!

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