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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.The Ibanez piezo pickup and I... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.
Case sold separately.

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 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good audio (14)
  • Stays in tune (12)
  • Consistent (11)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great at Any Price

This bass exceeded expectations by a country mile. I've had acoustic basses before, and this one plays and projects far better than others I've had that cost a lot more. The Ibanez name...Read complete review

This bass exceeded expectations by a country mile. I've had acoustic basses before, and this one plays and projects far better than others I've had that cost a lot more. The Ibanez name tells me that the unit will remain stable and that the company will stand behind it.

The factory set-up is fine. Ibanez supplies a higher bridge and hex wrench for neck adjustment, but neither were necessary. Other reviews point to action, "buzz" and low volume. In some cases, these reports may be accurate, but I suspect a lot of folks buy these instruments with unrealistic expectations. Simply stated, acoustic instruments slap, squeak and generally misbehave. This goes for Martins, Ibanez, Guilds...you name it. It is part of the charm of playing acoustic music. Bass strings move more across a long scale length, so you are going to get this in spades. Raising string height to stratospheric levels to overcome these natural traits seems to be something like training a wolf to herd sheep. To me, random tonal excursions are part of the package. Frankly its why I bought the thing and even at that, this bass is pretty well behaved. If you want perfect tones, perhaps a Fender Precision or even a MIDI synthesizer is a better choice for you.

As for volume, well, lower tones need far more amplification to carry than their higher pitched cousins. 100 watts out of your Strat needs to be matched by some 400 watts from the accompanying bass. That's simple physics. This bass projects amazingly well, but if you are going to jam in a large group or hall, consider adding a small combo amp. That would go both for this bass or a $2000 custom instrument.

Overall, I love the thing. I would buy it again, and I would recommend it without reservation.

VS

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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(90 of 91 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass for the Price

By Jay Urbansky

from San Antonio, TX

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

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.

(72 of 111 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Acoustic Bass

By John N

from Pittsburgh Pa

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

I bought this for my Son for Christmas. Having heard of Ibanez before figured we would give it a go. My Son is very happy with the Guitar he like the on board tuner and it has a very nice sound when played in electric mode. The contruction of the Bass seems good but I am no expert.

(62 of 67 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the sound of greatness

By Johnny Bomber

from california

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

I jus got this bass not to long ago so i realy have'nt even had time to have problems with it, thought i do not expect to have any. The sound is great, plugged and unplugged, and weight is nice as well. I highly recommend buying this guitar.

(38 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

impressed!

By Jonathan

from Carrollton, Georgia

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

I expected a really cheap sound and quality all around, but I was impressed! The neck felt great and pretty decent action straight out of the box too. Acousticly, it was more than what I expected. Good for small un-amplified rooms. I used it in an intimate session plugged and everyone was wondering how did i get such a clean tone! By the way, I love a great tone and this bass has one! The body is not as hefty as I thought it was either. Playing this acoustic has already inspired me to write more!

(27 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for Beginners

By Mike Jones

from Cheshire, CT

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

This is absolutely a product worth of five stars. For the price, you can not find a better acoustic bass. The sound is better than other more expensive basses that I've tried. It's light and easy to carry around to gigs or friends houses. When I plugged this into an amp there was no feedback or buzz from any of the frets. If your looking to buy an acoustic bass and your skeptical like I was, go with this bass.

(26 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They call me Fancy Pants

By They call me Ole Dusty Butt

from Royse City, TX

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

My buddy has this exact bass. me and my brother have been playing guitars for about 12 years and our buddy brings his bass into the mix now. This bass is a real good buy. After playing it, i now have to have one. The sound is great. And the built in tuner is cooler than beans. Which is freakin cool man Buy This Thang!

(25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Bass

By Stephen M

from Ventura CA

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

I was really looking for a bass that had great sound without an amp because i go to a lot of campfire/jam sessions. I was mainly concerned with being able to hear myself play and little fret buzz. This bass delivered both! The sound is great, i've been playing with many people and they all love the sound. It's a great price too. I got an electric P bass for my birthday and a week or 2 later used some birthday money to buy it! I'm going to take it everywhere. If you're relatively new to the bass, it's the best you can get!

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great bass

By Tracy

from coldwater ,mi

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

This is a very nice bass I have only had mine for about a week so i have not found any problemwith it. I also got the hard case to match and have not had any issues with it either. ibanez

(18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One of those situations when you get more than what you pay for!

By Ben

from Highland Park, IL

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

I ordered this bass thinking that I was going to get exactly what I payed for. The thing that makes this bass so amazing, is that even though it is only 200 dollars, it plays so well and is perfectly crafted. The only down side is that it gets out of tune quickly and you can only use the on-board tuner when plugged into an amp. Overall, I love this bass!

(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Bass

By Josiah Zimmerman

from Houston,Tx.

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

I just got this bass a month ago and it's great as in acoustic...amazing sound, great looks, good feel when held, the only reason I gave it 4 stars is that it gets alot of feedback when played on an amp loud. I got this bass because it's an acoustic, so the fact that you can plug it in is just a bonus, not the selling point. So if you want the acoustic simply for the reason that it's acoustic get it. Great buy, great price.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great at Any Price

By Ankeny Picker

from Ankeny IA

About Me Experienced

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    This bass exceeded expectations by a country mile. I've had acoustic basses before, and this one plays and projects far better than others I've had that cost a lot more. The Ibanez name tells me that the unit will remain stable and that the company will stand behind it.

    The factory set-up is fine. Ibanez supplies a higher bridge and hex wrench for neck adjustment, but neither were necessary. Other reviews point to action, "buzz" and low volume. In some cases, these reports may be accurate, but I suspect a lot of folks buy these instruments with unrealistic expectations. Simply stated, acoustic instruments slap, squeak and generally misbehave. This goes for Martins, Ibanez, Guilds...you name it. It is part of the charm of playing acoustic music. Bass strings move more across a long scale length, so you are going to get this in spades. Raising string height to stratospheric levels to overcome these natural traits seems to be something like training a wolf to herd sheep. To me, random tonal excursions are part of the package. Frankly its why I bought the thing and even at that, this bass is pretty well behaved. If you want perfect tones, perhaps a Fender Precision or even a MIDI synthesizer is a better choice for you.

    As for volume, well, lower tones need far more amplification to carry than their higher pitched cousins. 100 watts out of your Strat needs to be matched by some 400 watts from the accompanying bass. That's simple physics. This bass projects amazingly well, but if you are going to jam in a large group or hall, consider adding a small combo amp. That would go both for this bass or a $2000 custom instrument.

    Overall, I love the thing. I would buy it again, and I would recommend it without reservation.

    (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Acoustic Bass nice but......

    By Roy Whittaker

    from Houston, Tx

    Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    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)

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Michael McKay

    from New London

    Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I read a review of this guitar somewhere that complained it wasn't loud enough unplugged for church group sings. Don't be misled -- it's plenty loud enough for playing in most acoustic-only venues, and with an amp it's even better. I'm a seasoned guitarist, but new to the bass guitar, and I'm loving this instrument -- it feels solid, and plays and fingers easily. Another review I read complained about fret buzz, but I discovered within a few notes how to eliminate that with correct fingering (as with any guitar). Besides its musical qualities, it's a beautiful-looking addition to my set. I leave all my axes out on stands so that I can pick any one up at a given time and practice -- and this fits right in. Great guitar, great value! And I got a great deal from Guitar Center, as well as excellent service.

    (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    okay

    By bass

    from totowa,nj

    Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    its nice it really looks beautiful. one thing only thats wrong with this bass. when plugged in there is major feedback and the e string cant be heard but when not plugged in its a wonderful begginer acoustic bass.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pretty good for the price

    By Nate

    from Illinois

    Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I'm not experienced with acoustic basses, and the reason why I bought this one was because my teacher convinced me it wasn't just a novelty and that it would cause new inspirations. Having an acoustic bass really fuels the use of full size chords and arpeggios when playing, but that's beside the point. Although I wouldn't suggest it as a beginner bass for someone, it is a much better value than a cheap squire precision bass, which needs amplification to be heard. This is a bass I would actually use in performance, and plan to. It has a respectable sound both plugged and unplugged. Tuner & preamp work fine. My only qualm is that no matter how you have your neck set up, some notes always refuse to come out, unless you warp it a lot, which inhibits playing. Long story short, if you're new to acoustic and are considering it, BUY THIS BASS, IT'S WORTH IT.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent Acoustic bass if you're on a budget

    By Erik Cho

    from North Hollywood, CA

    Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    Alright getting right to the point. This bass is awesome if you're looking to get an acoustic electric and you're on a tight budget. I got this as a Christmas present and it's incredible. Unplugged, the body produces a great mellow tone and yet it's loud enough that it can still be heard not across a large room but... well it CAN be heard in a room unplugged. Plugged into a 140 watt amp the sound really comes to life. It has really great smooth and even tones. Thankfully, no fret buzz. I haven't had to make any adjustments whatsoever. I've really only got one gripe and that's with the on-board tuner. You actually have to rig an end plug off of an old cable to plug into the jack on the guitar in order to close the electrical circuit and actually use the on-board tuner.* *In other words: cut about up to 2 inches of cable behind the end plug (of an old cable of course, no need to waste a new one), strip it, and then fold it back in on itself to close the loop. Other than this. I think it's a great bass that I'll be using for years to come.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great bass for those acoustic-only moments.

    By Jack

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

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

    (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 E

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic right out of the box!

        By ARTHUR LONG

        from Williamsburg, OH

        Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        When I first saw this bass I thought it looks really nice but how does it sound? The real surprise was when I played my first few notes. It has rich deep tones and great playing action. It is much higher quality than I expected and it is an incredible value. I love this bass! Do yourself a favor and check it out!

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