The Ibanez AVT1 sells for about $299.00
The Blueridge sells for about $399.99
The Ibanez has a slightly thin, tinny sound.
The Blueridge has a warmer, fuller, rich sound.
The Ibanez is fairly quiet.
The Blueridge is louder. Similar in volume to a six-string acoustic.
The Ibanez's neck is thinner. Almost too skinny.
The Blueridge's neck is more round, like on a tenor banjo. It feels more ergonomic.
The Ibanez feels smaller (because it is smaller). It's lighter weight.
The Blueridge feels bigger, but not uncomfortably so. Well balanced.
The lower cost Ibanez seems more cheaply made.
For approx. $100 more the Blueridge is a much higher quality tenor guitar. More attention to detail.
Hopefully, the richer, more nuanced sound of the Blueridge comes across in the recording. If you can afford it, the extra $100 for the Blueridge is well worth it. You get a much nicer tenor guitar. The next step up from Blueridge would be significantly more expensive.
|Blueridge BR-40T left, Ibanez AVT1 right|
Is there any way that you can do a sound test without the banjo in the mix? It would be a lot more evident what the qualities of each instrument are. I appreciate your written critique more than the sample. ThanksReplyDelete
I listened to your sample again and hear what you are referring to in your written comments. Yet in some way, the Artwood cuts through the mix clearer, even though the BR is fuller sounding. If you do make another sound sample, please include fingerpicking and melody playing as well as strumming. Thanks for considering my feedbackReplyDelete