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The TCM50 is a Talman acoustic series acoustic/electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in mid 2002. It is made in China.

The TCM50 features a double cutaway body with a figured ash top with a tri-oval soundhole and a wooden marquetry pickguard on mahogany back and sides. The mahogany neck has a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with binding and white dot position markers. Components include a compensated plastic saddle in a rosewood bridge with ivory bridge pins, a plastic nut, and chrome Ibanez tuning machines. Electronics consist of an Ibanez AP2 magnetic pickup connected to an Ibanez AEQ200M preamp with 2-band EQ powered by a 9V battery, and a ¼" output jack.

For 2018 the rosewood fretboard and bridge was replaced with purpleheart. For 2019 the mahogany neck was replaced with okoume. For 2021 the body dimensions were changed very slightly and the preamp was changed to the AEQ2TM with an onboard tuner.

The TCM50E is a similar model with an on-board tuner. The TCM20064 and TCM60 are related models with a spruce top and heart soundhole design. The TCM71 is a related model with flamed maple top and back.

Specifications

Specifications for TCM50
Name: TCM50
Years: 2002–2021
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China 2002–2020 / Europe / North & South America and Oceania / USA 2002–2020
Made in: China
Finishes: Dark Night Ocean Open Pore (DNO) 2017–2018 / Galaxy Black Open Pore (GBO) 2019–2021 / Natural High Gloss (NT) 2012–2020 / Transparent Black Sunburst (TKS) 2018–2019 / Vintage Brown Sunburst High Gloss (VBS) 2003–2021 / Vintage Sunburst (VS) 2002
Body
Body type:
Acoustic
Body shape:
Talman double cutaway
Dimensions:
  Length:
    2002–2017: 457mm/ 18"
    2018–2021: 460mm/ 18⅛"
  Width:
    2002–2011: 356mm/ 14"
    2012–2020: 368mm/ 14½"
    2021: 365mm/ 14⅜"
  Depth:
    2002–2011: 83mm/ 3¼"
    2012–2020: 90mm/ 3½" (76mm at neck)
    2021: 92mm/ 3⅝"
Top:

  Material: Figured ash (laminated)
  Binding: White

Back/sides:

  Material: 2002–2017: Mahogany
                2018–2021: Sapele

Soundhole shape:
Tri-oval
Soundhole rosette:
Basswood marquetry
Neck
Neck profile:
TCM
Neck material:
2002–2018: 1-piece mahogany
2019–2021: 1-piece okoume
Scale length:
650mm/ 25.6"
Fingerboard:
2002–2017: Rosewood w/ binding
2018–2021: Purpleheart
Inlays:
White dot
Frets:
20
Nut:
2002–2003: Plastic
2004–2012: Ivorex II
2013–2021: Plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
2002–2004:Ibanez die-cast
2005–2012 Ibanez Smooth Tuner AS
2013–2021:Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Components
Pickup:
Ibanez AP2 magnetic
Preamp:
2002–2017: Ibanez AEQ200M w/ 2-band EQ
2021: Ibanez AEQ2TM w/ 2-band EQ and onboard tuner
Output jack(s):
¼" endpin stereo
Battery:
9V
Bridge:
2002–2017: Rosewood
2018–2021: Purpleheart (11mm string spacing)
Bridge pins:
2002–2003: Ivory (plastic)
2004–2021: Ibanez Advantage (white w/ black dot)
Saddle:
2002–2003: Plastic compensated
2004–2012: Ivorex II compensated
2013–2021 Plastic compensated
Hardware color:
Chrome
Strings (factory):
.012/.016/.024/.032/.042/.053
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2017 TCM50 DNO 12 07.png
Dark Night Ocean Open Pore
2019 TCM50 GBO 2Y 02.png
Galaxy Black Open Pore
2019 TCM50 NT 2Y 02.png
Natural High Gloss
2018 TCM50 TKS 2Y 01.jpg
Transparent Black Sunburst
2002 TCM50 VS 12 01.jpg
Vintage Sunburst
AEQ200M preamp diagram.jpg
AEQ200M preamp controls (2002–2020)
Ibanez AEQ2TM preamp-diagram.jpg
AEQ2TM preamp controls (2021)

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