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 for GA5TCE
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