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The GA5TCE is a GA series classical acoustic/ electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2000. It is made in China.

The GA5TCE features a thin classical body with a Venetian cutaway and a laminated spruce top with fan bracing on mahogany back and sides with a gloss finish. The soundhole is round with a classical mosaic decal rosette. It has a mahogany neck with a 19-fret rosewood fingerboard. Components include an ivory plastic saddle in a rosewood bridge, a plastic nut, gold classical tuning machines and coated nylon strings. Electronics consist of an Ibanez under saddle pickup mated to an AEQ303 preamp with 3-band EQ powered by a 9V battery, and ¼" stereo output.

For 2004 the plastic nut and saddle were replaced with Ivorex II; for 2013 the were changed back to plastic. For 2017 the preamp was replaced with the AEQ2T with onboard tuner. For 2018 the back and sides were changed to sapele and the fretboard and bridge were changed to purpleheart or treated New Zealand pine (depending on market). For 2019 the mahogany neck was changed to okoume and the fretboard and bridge were standardized as purpleheart.

The GA6CE is a similar model with a standard depth body.

Specifications

Specifications for GA5TCE
Years: 2000–2020
Areas: Asia & Africa / Europe / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: China
Finishes: Amber High Gloss (AM) 2007–2020 / Natural High Gloss (NT) 2000–2006
Body
Body type:
Acoustic
Body shape:
Thin classical body w/ Venetian cutaway
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm/ 19¼"
  Width: 362mm/ 14¼"
  Depth: 70mm/ 2¾" (66mm at neck/ 76mm at body end)
Top:

  Material: Spruce (laminated)
  Bracing: Fan
  Finish: Gloss
  Binding: Black

Back/sides:

  Material: 2000–2017: Mahogany
                2018–2020: Sapele
  Finish: Gloss

Soundhole shape:
Round
Soundhole rosette:
Classical mosaic design water slide decal
Neck
Neck profile:
GA
Neck material:
2000–2018: 1-piece mahogany
2019–2020: 1-piece okoume
Neck finish:
Satin
Neck joint:
14th fret
Scale length:
650mm/ 25.6"
Fingerboard:
2000–2017: Rosewood
2018: Purpleheart or treated New Zealand pine
2019–2020: Purpleheart
Frets:
19
Nut:
2000–2003: Ivory plastic
2004–2012: Ivorex II
2013–2020: Ivory plastic (52mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez classical
Electronics/ Components
Pickup:
Ibanez Under Saddle
Preamp:
2000–2016: Ibanez AEQ303 preamp w/ 3-band EQ
2017–2020: Ibanez AEQ2T w/ onboard tuner
Output jack(s):
¼" stereo
Battery:
9V
Bridge:
2000–2017: Rosewood
2018: Purpleheart or treated New Zealand pine
2019–2020: Purpleheart (11.6mm string spacing)
Saddle:
2000–2003: Ivory plastic
2004–2012: Ivorex II
2013–2020: Ivory plastic (79.4mm)
Hardware color:
Gold
Strings (factory):
Coated nylon
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2007 GA5TCE NT 27 01
Natural High Gloss
AEQ303 preamp
AEQ303 preamp
Ibanez AEQ-2T diagram
AEQ2T preamp controls

Sources

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