Music Critic review products for everyone, from professionals to enthusiasts, and are written in plain English to make it easier to understand the options available and decide between them. Not sure which is right for you? With so many great options on the market that's hardly surprising, so read on and see if we can help you reach a decision. This article is part of a series called The Highest Rated Classical Guitars for under 500 Dollars
Contestant number one is the Cordoba C7 CD.
Next up is the Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE. This Ibanez guitar is very popular and it's easy to see why. It looks fantastic, which we all know is something that Ibanez always offers with its instruments. The gold top fits perfectly with the dark mahogany back and sides. The thin line body allows you to easily access the higher frets without any trouble thanks to the cutaway located on the left-hand side of the guitar. The neck is made of mahogany and goes up to the 14th fret.
The narrow neck is very comfortable to play. It doesn’t feel bulky when held like steel-string acoustic guitars' necks tend to. This, of course, means that this guitar is equipped with nylon strings, and thanks to it being both a classical acoustic guitar as well as an electric guitar you are provided with an Ibanez piezo pickup system for the acoustic, and a 3-band EQ that allows you to amplify your nylon strings with an amp, which is ideal for live performances.
|HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON|
|Cordoba C7 CD||Ibanez GA Series GA5TCE|
| + Solid spruce top|
+ Comes with gig bag
+ Great projection
| + Narrow neck|
+ Includes Ibanez piezo pickup system
+ Equipped with nylon strings
|WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT|
|If you're looking for a good combination of affordability, functionality, and performance, then this Cordoba classical guitar is an excellent option, in our opinion. The Indian rosewood is a premium feature that you won't find on other budget guitars. It's an all-round, superb guitar that we can highly recommend. Alternatives to this product that you could consider are the Cordoba C5 acoustic nylon string classical guitar and the Cordoba fusion acoustic guitar - click here for the top acoustics of 2021.||Ibanez is a popular brand in the guitar world, and it’s easy to see why. It makes fantastic electric guitars, and this acoustic electric guitar (click for under 1000) by Ibanez is no exception. If you are looking for a budget guitar that delivers wonderful tone, then this product will be for you!|
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