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Item Reviews for: Ibanez Wholetone Jazz Guitar Combo Amplifier  -  IBA WT80 LIST

Simple design and good value
By: Justin      Submitted: 12/14/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. Good so far, it seems to have good power behind it, you can change your tone around a lot. It's funny but actually with a basic setup like this i think you can customize your tone more and pay attention to the nuances of your playing more Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Made well, durable design. Seems sturdy. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Heavy in terms of weight... Controls are not numbered but that doesn't bother me. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Good tone controls...tone is very customizable. I like the fact you HAVE to use gain to get sound but it doesn't distort the signal Action How was the action out of the box? Sounded good out of box. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? It has a good finish. It's a little different getting used to where the control knobs are, but I guess it may be a better place for them. Reliability How has it stood up over time? So far so good, haven't gigged with it yet though. This amp seems very durable though, that is the main reason why I stuck with solid state.
Reminds me of my 1975 Polytone 103
By: 3 fingered guitar player from PA      Submitted: 2/19/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? (for this price range) the build quality seems quite good. I had to really look hard to find even a tiny imperfection. Reliability How has it stood up over time? I haven't had it long enough to comments but it "looks" quite sturdy and a little to heavy (for my tastes) but I bought it for the great reviews on the tone. General Your general opinion of this product. Other than the 1975 Polytone 103 I bought new, I am comparing this to my recent Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight. Although they each sound a little different and have their own character, this is a very nice amp and is MUCH cheaper than the Ultralight but also noticeably heavier. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? You can find your tone pretty quick with the 3 control EQ and then make mild tweaks with the additional separate "tone" control. I have all tone related controls near 12 o'clock. Some people don't like that there are no numbers ( 1 to 10) on the controls but it hasn't bothered me and the early Polytone's only had 1-3-5-etc. As someone explained in one of the forums, this seems to be "flat" at 12 o'clock and then you can boost or cut as needed. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? I just picked up a Loar LH650 NA, which has a Kent/Armstrong floating jazz pickup fastened to the neck. I got this amp specifically to use with this guitar and they are great as a set. I (for the 1st time) actually can get to much bass and "mellow" in my tone and not have to have those control frequencies max'd to get the mellow Kenny Burrell type sound.. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? after pouring over the exterior, I could only find one tiny (the size of a pencil point) flaw in the tolex. At this price point that is actually pretty good in todays world. Action How was the action out of the box? well packaged and came out of the box looking good without any massaging...
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