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AEL30SE Acoustic Electric Guitar

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A large body guitar isn't always what you want if the sound isn't right. The Ibanez AEL series, however, has the size, projection and beautiful tones that you need for any situation. The AEL is Ibanez... Read More

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Overview

A large body guitar isn't always what you want if the sound isn't right. The Ibanez AEL series, however, has the size, projection and beautiful tones that you need for any situation. The AEL is Ibanez's largest acoustic guitar body and is an excellent choice for players who want an expansive, natural acoustic sound.

The large body and solid top make it ideal for plugged-in and unplugged live performance.

The Fishman® Sonicore® pickup and Ibanez AEQ-SST Shape Shifter preamp with onboard tuner provide premium acoustic tone and tuning ease.

Ivorex II nut is stronger and more durable than bone and even harder than the original Ivorex. Ivorex II nut allows brilliant highs and more pronounced lows with less mid-range which makes Ivorex II-fitted guitars perfect for amplification.

Features stylish fretboard Pearl and Abalone Block Inlay

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • AEL Body
  • Mahogany Neck, back and sides
  • Solid Engelmann spruce top
  • Abalone Rosette
  • Ibanez die-cast tuners
  • Fishman Sonicore Pickup
  • Ibanez AEQ-SST Shape Shifter Preamp with Onboard Tuner
  • Balanced 1/4" and XLR Outputs
  • Rosewood Bridge and Fretboard
  • Ivorex II Nut and Saddle
  • Advantage Bridge Pins
  • D'Addario EXP™ Strings
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Body dimensions
  • AEL Body Style
  • 16" width
  • 5" depth
  • 20" length
  • Neck dimensions
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.69" nut width
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5.0

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5.0

More Guitar than what you pay for!!!

By Bruce Goosman

from West Unity, Ohio

I'm not a novice, nor a pro, but I've been playing since 1974. I had to replace the acoustic guitar I was playing. (It was a Woods acoustic/electric. It played as good or better than some Alvarez or Martins I've had in my hands.) I was looking in the $400 - $500 range. My original thought was a Takamine or Alvarez. I played 2 or three but was disappointed in the sound. The store tech recommended a Seagull, but I wasn't impressed with the overall tone. Found this one hanging and asked to play it. WOW! The action is flat all the way up the neck. You don't have to fight this guitar to play it. It just feels good in your hands. I was impressed just playing it unplugged. When I hooked up to the acoustic amp they had in the room, That was it! The deal was sealed. Even in the neutral settings this guitar just comes alive when amped. I play on our church worship team and have yet had to tweak the settings to make it sound any better than it does, even in a "live" environment. I'm absolutely in love with this guitar and the way it sounds and plays. I wish I'd have upgraded WAY before this! I did change the strings out to DeAdarrio phosphor/bronze. but that's a personal preference. The stock strings are DeAdarrio, too, but they are a brighter tone than I like. For the money,you can't beat this guitar.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound Great Price

By Todd Sleeman

from woodinville

Got guitar for my daughter and I love it myself. I had it shipped. The delivery was fast and guitar was in good shape upon arrival. She wanted the Dark Violin Sunburst and it looks amazing. If you are looking for something in this price range look no further.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Andrew Johnson

from Hanover, Pa

I was all about electric guitar and rock for so many years, then something hit me an i really wanted and electric acoustic, so i started researching guitars, and ill tell you i saw this one and it wasn't my first choice. I went to guitar center to sell my old equipment and went in to the acoustic section and I was instantly drawn to the dark vintage violin guitar. I started playing it and the people i was with and I instantly looked at each other and KNEW this one was AMAZING!!! The tone is awesome and the feel is great, it sounds awesome unplugged and clear and crisp plugged in, I walked out of the acoustic room and the salesman knew that i had fallen in love with it. I HIGHLY recommended this guitar for anyone who plays!!!!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dont Let the Price fool you!

By Angela McMillan

from Avondale, az

For a mid range priced guitar, this one delivers a rich warm tone like no other in its price range. Its smooth resonance will captivate you even unplugged this instrument will deliver!

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Tim Wilcox

from Ludington, MI

I recently joined my church worship team and I needed an acoustic electric guitar but I only had $500 to spend. I spent many hours reserching online and spent time at the local music store playing the ones in my price range. When I found the Ibanez AEL30SE online and read about it, I knew I had to try it. The one I wanted was the Vintage Violin, but the only one they had at the nearest guitar center was the Dark Violin. Let me tell you, the picture of the dark violin finish does not do it justice. This thing is Beautiful in person. As soon as I sat down and played it, I wanted it. The neck just felt right in my hands, and the sound was great. Before I bought it I went and played some of the other guitars in my price range, but the Ibanez just fit me better. The Fishman pickup sounds great through my Crate amp, and the P.A. at my church. Before I bought this, I was borrowing an Ibanez Montage which had a heavy neck. The AEL30SE is much lighter and more comfortable to hold. It was made in China, but it was put together well. Overall for the price, this guitar is a very good choice. Solid top, Mahogony neck, back, and sides, Rosewood fret board, fishman pickup = nice guitar. But that is my opinion. One last thing for those who dont have a clue about the solid wood or fishman pickup like I didnt. Solid Engleman wood is used on alot of higher priced guitars, "I dont know if they just use a better quality of it though" I have not reserched it that deep. And Fishman pickups are a good brand name pickup, and not just a cheap one slapped on. I hope this helps.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great tone

By tom the country crooner

from taylorsville ca

i recently went by a guitar center close to home and spotted this beautiful guitar and had to play it. the tone was very good, comparable to my breedlove, the action was superior and the neck very fast i was impressed after about an hour of trying several different riffs on this guitar i decided i would purshase it. the finish is excellent and plugged in it has a beautiful acoustic sound that belies its low price. i've got a gig coming up at a local small town tavern and plan to play it right away. if you are looking for a reasonable priced guitar this is the one.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Back in the saddle again

By Keith Lewchuk

from Bedminster, NJ

I haven't played my guitars in too many years to mention and I finally realized the reason for that was I needed something new. I played a lot of acoustics at my local Guitar Center but, this one was it! It sounded amazing. The action, the tones, the look...it was all there. Dark Violin Sunburst...stunning! I was prepared to spend a lot more but, was happy to see that it wasn't necessary. It feels right in your hands and almost plays itself. Effortless and smooth.This has got me feeling like I did when I first started playing over 30 years ago. The spark has returned thanks to this beauty!

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Tim Miller

from Erie PA

So i got this guitar last week and am soooo impressed with it. This guitar looks amazing and has great sound. I would recomend to any one!

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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful tone

By dave

from Beverly, MA

I wanted a not-too-expensive, smaller acoustic guitar to have around the house and strum on the living room couch. Over two or three months I kept researching ratings and going back to play everything in my local Guitar Center store. There were quite a few candidates and some felt very good to play, but they all sounded a little thin and empty, especially on the bottom end. I made a decision to buy something else, then the dark violin finish of the big Ibanez AEL-30 hanging on the wall caught my eye. This guitar has a perfect mix of full rich tone, low action, and beautiful high-gloss finish. The pearl inlays shimmer in the light and I can�ۡ���t find a single defect anywhere on the body. When I played this guitar, the tone was so beautiful and expansive that suddenly size didn�ۡ���t matter. Just to be sure, I played it side by side with some other brands of dreadnought-sized guitars, but I had to go to models that cost much much more to get anywhere close to the sound of the Ibanez. It also seemed like every other guitar had one or another annoying feature, but everything on the Ibanez was perfect. It�ۡ���s loud enough that I don�ۡ���t think I will ever need to play it through an amp, but the built-in tuner works great and is very handy. This is a perfect acoustic guitar to balance my electric. Even though the electric has 9-gauge strings, I just want to play the Ibanez AEL-30 all the time because the tone is so gorgeous and it just rings. The shape is a little smaller on top than a traditional dreadnought, without that big shoulder that always seems right in your face with a typical large guitar. But when you hold the Ibanez back to back with a dreadnought it is very close. I have only owned it 3 weeks and wanted to hold off writing a review until I got more time with it, but I'm enjoying it more and more every day.

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