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If you are a beginning, left-handed guitar player and don’t want to spend much money because you aren’t totally sure this guitar-playing thing is going to be what you really want to do, then you should take a good, long look at the Ibanez PF15 Left acoustic.
Ibanez is a well-known, respected brand, so you can’t really go wrong there. For a beginner guitar, you won’t find the highest quality as you would in more expensive models, but when you’re just starting out, you probably don’t care that much about such things. You just want to get your toes wet, so to speak.
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Ibanez PF15 Left Features and Specs
There isn’t going to be anything really special about a guitar at this price point. Here is what you will get in your PF15 acoustic.
The PF15 has a traditional dreadnought body shape which is 5 inches deep at the thickest point. While it has a spruce top, the back and sides are made of sapele. The neck is mahogany. All the major surfaces have a gloss finish.
The fretboard and bridge are treated New Zealand pine. There are 20 frets (which is fairly common) along the neck. The neck is 42 millimeters wide at the nut, which is the “far” end nearest the chrome, die-cast tuning knobs. At the first fret, the neck is 21.5 millimeters thick. Moving up to the seventh fret, you’ll find the thickness increases to 23.5 millimeters.
By themselves, these numbers may not mean much to you. You really should compare them to other guitars you are interested in. If you have smaller hands, the width and thickness of the guitar neck will matter more to you than to a person with larger hands.
Ibanez Bridge Pins
Something special about the Ibanez acoustic (and all Ibanez models) is their bridge pins. Ibanez calls them “Advantage” pins. According to the manufacturer…
“These pins really are an advantage over old-fashioned pins. Advantage™ pins are easier to take out and easier to put in than standard pins. A special bulb-shaped end makes the pin easy to grip and also prevents the pin from being pushed in too far. Best of all, with Advantage™, the pin and string stay put.”
The Sound of the Ibanez PF15 Acoustic
The video from Hayworth below isn’t really 13 minutes long. It’s actually less than a minute and a half. I’m not sure what happened after that.
Conclusions about the Ibanez PF15 Left
Almost all users who have taken the time to express their opinions about the Ibanez PF15 Left online have said that this is a very good-sounding guitar for the price.
It is admittedly a beginner guitar, but that doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get rid of it someday. You may very well play this guitar for many years until it wears out, if that ever happens. (I’m still living in a “starter” home after 25 years. So there’s that.)