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Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass Black

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The Ibanez AEB5E acoustic-electric bass delivers a punchy low end, whether amplified or not. As an unplugged acoustic bass, its agathis body and sides give it a warm tone.

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The Ibanez AEB5E acoustic-electric bass delivers a punchy low end, whether amplified or not. As an unplugged acoustic bass, its agathis body and sides give it a warm tone.

The Ibanez piezo pickup and Ibanez AEQ-202T preamp with 2-band EQ and onboard tuner allows quick tuning and easy amplification with a natural acoustic sound.

Acoustic bass adds a tasty layer of warm, low-end resonance that makes songs come alive and arrangements sound more fleshed-out. When amplified, the Ibanez AEB5E bass guitar uses its pickup and preamp to pump the tone and offer the thump you need at whatever volume.
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Features
  • Agathis back and sides
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Ibanez piezo pickup
  • Ibanez AEQ-202T 2-band preamp with onboard tuner
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Ivorex II nut and saddle
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Pickup: Ibanez Piezo
    Electronics: Ibanez AEQ Preamp with 2-Band EQ and onboard tuner
    32" Scale
    Dimensions: 16"W x 20"H x 5"D
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IbanezAEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass
 
4.4

(based on 135 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (83)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (45)
  • Fun to play (42)
  • Good audio (36)
  • Stays in tune (32)
  • Consistent (24)

Cons

  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (46)
  • Jamming (33)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Recording (13)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (37), Novice (16), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Bass for the Price

Don't let the low price fool you. This is not a "cheap" bass. Nice full sound for an acoustic. Sounds pretty good plugged in also. Built in tuner is a...Read complete review

Don't let the low price fool you. This is not a "cheap" bass. Nice full sound for an acoustic. Sounds pretty good plugged in also. Built in tuner is a nice addition.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Acoustic Bass nice but......

1st impressions, good looking acoustic bass. (Violin sunburst). Needed set up on the neck, about a half to 3/4 turn to minimize strings 3 and 4 buzzing. Had some very...Read complete review

1st impressions, good looking acoustic bass. (Violin sunburst). Needed set up on the neck, about a half to 3/4 turn to minimize strings 3 and 4 buzzing. Had some very light scratching on the head stock. Like it was wiped down with a cloth with something coarse on it. 2nd impressions, I liked playing this bass pretty well for the price but I was hoping it would be able to project into a live acoustic jam session without an amp. Our church group likes to play acoustically spontaneously without having to cart an amp and cables around. Unfortunately we found that this bass could not stand up to a group larger than 3. Acoustic guitar and bass, with vocal, sitting close together. As soon as you add 2 more folks outside of a 5 ft radius with congas and another vocal the bass cannot be distiguished from anything else, and the bass player was willing to bleed and build huge callouses to make this work but alas, it was not to be. Now that being said, after more research (to see if a suitable acoustic bass exists to upgrade to) we saw a number of discussions indicating that amping an acoustic bass even in the quietest locations was recommended. So, to be fair, and to help others who may think that an acoustic bass on its own is enough, I wanted to write this review. Incidentally, this bass amped is nice (but an electric bass is smaller and more portable if that is a requirement). To sum it up, if you and a buddy want to work on vocal, bass, and guitar parts, unplugged, in a quiet venue, and you want a sweet looking/sounding acoustic bass at a great price, this is your bass. If you have a dream of playing it unplugged with a group of 5-8 folks spread around your living room jamming, it is just a dream.(Unless maybe you get an upright bass....hmmmm)

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4.0

I would definitely buy this again

By Pat

from Pennsylvania

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I'm a fender guy, this Ibanez is a great change at a great price

     
    2.0

    Nice bass but has issues

    By Jaydog

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    There is good sound on the E, D and G strings nut the A string is very weak. Gives an inconsistent sound to my playing because of this. Maybe I got a lemon.....

     
    1.0

    Many problems

    By T

    from boston

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        I loved the tone of this bass especially after the addition of Elixr strings. First bass, the frets were terrible and the bridge lifting. The replacement had the same issues. The third one the bridge was fine but frets still buzzed and the action was terribly high. In the end Guitar Center gave me a gift card for a new bass and let me keep the Ibanez.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great bass for those acoustic-only moments.

        By Jack

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        Fingers easily, sounds great, and I didn't have to sell my house to buy it.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Beware the upper frets

        By Medvezhonok

        from Allen TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Construction

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

            I bought one of these and took it home. The first guy at the store put new strings on it, and the second guy put strap locks on it. I got the instrument home and took it to a gig. At the gig I noticed that the upper fret ends were like razor blades. I am lucky that I didn't destroy my fingers. I took it back and got a refund. The store told me that this brand is "cheaply made" and that the manufacturer doesn't dress the frets. Apparently the store doesn't, either. Neither guy at the store even bothered to check to see whether it was safe, much less playable. I am sorely disappointed in the manufacturer for making such a dangerous product, in the store for not checking the instrument before selling it, and in myself for trusting both.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent buy!

            By JazzGael

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

            I bought this as a gift for my husband who is a professional player after reading the reviews online. He is thrilled with the bass. The finish on the instrument is beautiful and it has a great tone. He was particularly impressed by the built in guitar tuner. He prefers it to an expensive Fender acoustic that he played on a session a few weeks back and thinks it was a great purchase.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice beginner's bass

            By Flick

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

              I recently bought the AEB5E acoustic-electric bass guitar as a way to start learning bass. It's a great bass for the price. It generally stays in tune and has a built-in tuner as well, which is nice. I bought this bass mainly for practicing by myself at my apartment, and since it doesn't require an amp it's a nice beginner's bass who happens to live in a place where you generally need to be quiet.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice addition to the arsenal, fun to play

              By Mark the Bassman

              from Greenville, SC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clean Sound
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Travel

                Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                I bought this to add an acoustic bass to my arsenal and to use on camping trips, travel, etc. It's got a great sound, surprisingly good action for an electric player like myself, and makes me improve by forcing me to play cleaner. It's a good value, I recommend it.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sounds great!

                By Stanley E.

                from Torrance, Ca

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                  Great for practicing, warming up and writing.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  sounds great

                  By ADELFIO

                  from undisclosed

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                  great no need for amps can use if need

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