Can I start by saying that this guitar has the most ridiculously long product code ever, the MSC750NT, phew thats a bit of a mouthful. Well this guitar is probably no suprise I mean how long did you think Ibanez would wait before getting a share of the hybrid market? So how many is that now? Well check out my Hybrid Guitar category. There’s the Ovation VXT, Taylor’s T5, the Michael Kelly Hybrid and the incredibly popular according to my stats Parkwood Hybrid! There is obviously a market for these guitars!
So what have Ibanez done differently? Well for a start the guitar has a few different modes from pure acoustic using the Piezo pickup to a clean electric using the magnetic pickup and a blend of both but it also has onboard DSP for distortion, chorus and reverb as well as phase canceling, dual notch filter and tuner. The tuner I have to say is a very useful addition, I have a built in tuner on my Takamine which I find invaluable.
So what does it sound like? Well why not check out Larry Mitchell demonstrating the various features. It certainly seems pretty versatile but I’m not sure it has the finesse of the Parkwood or the Taylor and I don’t think that these guitars are in any way a substitute for an electric but if you regularly have to switch between acoustic and electric mid set… well maybe you have a case for adding one of these to your arsenal.