Ibanez Talman TCY10 – Relaxed Style, Superior Playability

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Hang on, has that acoustic guitar melted a little bit? Nope – you are looking at Ibanez’s Talman TCY10 electro-acoustic, which is a rebellious little performer that aims to keep electric players moving into the world of acoustic guitar very happy. There are several different Talman acoustic models available, although the all-laminate TCY10 is one of the more affordable varieties. So let’s see what it has to offer.

Ibanez Talman TCY10 Body & Neck

Body & Neck

This 25.5” scale length electro-acoustic sports the famous Ibanez Talman design, which – in its solid-body electric variety – has been famously used since the early nineties by The Offspring’s energetic guitarist Noodles, as well as Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. This steel-string acoustic features the distinctively curvy double-cutaway design, with a laminated, X-braced spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides, all with ivory binding and a high-gloss finish. It’s worth noting that this model comes in three colors – Blue Sunburst, Black and Vintage Sunburst, which are all equally attractive. But the TCY10 is more than just a good looker, because it retains the feel and playability of an electric guitar. This is mainly thanks to the fast-playing neck and ample access to the highest frets. Joining the guitar at the 16th fret, this neck is made of mahogany, with a slick rosewood fretboard, 20 frets, and simple dot inlays.

Ibanez Talman TCY10 Headstock

Hardware

The TCY10 is an electro-acoustic so it makes sense to talk about the electronics, which come in the shape of Ibanez’s battery-powered AEQ2T preamp system, with an under-saddle pickup. When compared to other systems, the controls aren’t the most versatile – just volume, bass, and treble – however the on-board digital tuner is a plus. Elsewhere this Talman features some good hardware that lifts it above some of its competition in this affordable price range, including an Ivorex II nut and saddle, and Ibanez Advantage bridge pins – slightly more performance-orientated than standard pins, making them more consistent and easier to use when changing strings. You also get a standard rosewood bridge, die-cast chrome tuning machines on the distinctive Talman headstock, and Ibanez’s coated bronze strings.

Sound

Although the body woods used for the TCY10 are all laminates, the spruce and mahogany combine to give a well-balanced tone which is quite smooth, even if it does lack some low end. The sound also isn’t as resonant or powerful as a bigger guitar, due to the smaller Talman body, but plugged in to an amp this isn’t as much of an issue, and the AEQ2T controls offer some versatility to tweak your output.

Conclusion

Although this guitar features in our article on the best acoustic guitars under $300, it’s actually closer to $200 in price and, as such, offers really good value. The sound is a little thin when compared to some others in this range, but the relaxed Talman style combined with the superior playability on offer make this TCY10 a real winner, whatever your level of playing.

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  1. terry hoffman says

    I had a chance to play one of these by accident, I was looking at a few Dreadnaught guitars and, just happened to see one of these a few guitars away. The body style caught my eye, reminded me of a Strat. I liked the double cutaway look and, the neck looked very comfortable and, playable. Picked it up and, noticed how light and, balanced it felt. I played it unplugged and, it sounded like I thought it would, light and airy, obviously because the body is thinner and, around a 3/4 to 7/8 size but the balance and, playability is outstanding. Plugged into a Fishman Artist amp and, there is where this instrument shines. Great acoustic electric sound. I own a Hummingbird Pro and, a Martin copy D18 both acoustic electric guitars and, this Ibanez is definately in the same catagory as these two. Decent price for what you get, nice features, Great playability, excellent sound. This guitar will not sound like a full bodied Dreadnaught because it can’t physically but, it has it’s own unique sound just do to the size of the body that makes it kind of a hybrid electric guitar. I bought the Vintage Sunburst model and, it is beautiful. The workmanship was excellent, which was a little surprising considering the price of the guitar. I’m sure glad that I noticed it.

  2. Stuart Munro says

    What strings do the Talman use I changed mine as mine was worn out,,,never got the sound which was great when I bought it

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