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Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner   

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Spruce top and mahogany body for warm, clear tone.

The Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner gives you warm, full tones. A Fishman Sonicore pickup and SST preamp deliver a fat, punchy sound. The mahogany neck, back, and sides make for a rich low end. Features a spruce top, pearl dot inlays, die-cast chrome tuners, rosewood fretboard and bridge, and an onboard tuner.

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FEATURES
  • Mahogany neck, back, and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Spruce top
  • Fishman Sonicore pickup and SST preamp
  • Pearl dot inlays
  • Die-cast chrome tuners
  • Onboard tuner
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IbanezAEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner
 
4.5

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Surprising AEB10E Acoustic-Electric

I noticed what I thought was a very good price on the Ibanez AEB5E, ordered it and received it about two weeks ago. After more research I decided to upgrade to the AEB10E,...Read complete review

I noticed what I thought was a very good price on the Ibanez AEB5E, ordered it and received it about two weeks ago. After more research I decided to upgrade to the AEB10E, with its all mahogany body except for the spruce sound board and rosewood frets. I also liked the idea of getting an upgrade in the electronics. This violin sunburst finish with understated accents is gorgeous. It you want a "head-turner," this finish will do the job. The upgrade was money very well spent. As owner of a 1956 Gibson J 45, I know what a great tone sounds like and how quality materials endure. Frankly, I am amazed at what Ibanez has accomplished with the AEB10E as well as the lessor AEV5E in terms of sound quality for the price they are asking. There is considerable difference in the acoustic resonance (sound projection) of the AEV10E and the AEV5E. With a spruce top on the AEV10E, one might expect that. However, one needs to also consider the difference in price if you're on an especially tight budget. As an ole rocker myself, who focused primarily on keyboard and rhythm guitar back-in-the-day, I am now undertaking to learn a bit of bass guitar since both my son and grandson are now respectable guitar players. If you are just now starting out on bass and want the acoustic sound, the AEB5E would be an excellent buy for you. If you are more experienced or just want an acoustic bass with high quality electronics, constructed of traditional superior guitar-making materials, for the money, it's hard to see how you could beat the price/quality ratio you receive with the AEB10E. Did I mention that the customer service at Musicians Friend is awesome? It is!

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Not what you're really looking for...

I bought this bass on impulse. It really rumbled through a Fender Rumble 100, so I bought it. Over the 2 or 3 years I've owned it, I've decided that I'll keep...Read complete review

I bought this bass on impulse. It really rumbled through a Fender Rumble 100, so I bought it. Over the 2 or 3 years I've owned it, I've decided that I'll keep it, but I'd never EVER buy another acoustic bass. By physics, it's just NOT LOUD ENOUGH. Can't hold it's own in an acoustic jam. Also, the electronics have let me down more times than I can count. The feedback can be ridiculous, and for some reason the battery connection just fades in and out so that you can't rely on it whatsoever. The tuner stays stuck on sometimes. The electronics just aren't reliable like a good ol' Jazz Bass. So don't think this is gonna be a sweet jack-of-all-trades bass. Definitely not. But I STILL LOVE PLAYING IT by myself, unplugged. The action is sweet, and the woody slappy tone inspires me like nothing else does. Yes, you CAN slap on it. Quite well actually, especially if you install the taller bridge piece that comes with it to fix the buzz. So there you have it. Acoustic bass is a totally sweet instrument to play, but the instrument itself is the most monumentally useless thing in the world. What a long friggin' comment. Worth it though.

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5.0

((( VERY PLEASED )))

By Jason Sitala

from San Jose, CA

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner:

    I recently received this guitar from Musiciansfriend. I wanted a bass I could play without having to hook up any electronics. Everything is working fine and I was rather pleased with it.

    Today I decided to change the strings to Elixir Acoustic Bass Strings 14502 that I ordered along with the guitar

    ((( MAMA MIA!! WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! )))

    Suddenly I feel as though I purchased a much more expensive acoustic bass guitar. I'm very satisfied!!!

    Honestly, I never remember guitar strings making this much of a difference before. Guess those original strings put on by Ibanez weren't very good

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Quality Piece

    By Rho Tac

    from West U.S

    Pros

    • Bright
    • COMFORTABLE
    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great Resonance
    • Rich Sound
    • Solid
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner:

      I recently purchased this bass and to say it simply, i am astonished. The guitar (and case) arrived in pristine condition, all as one, very solid, and perfectly tuned. I began playing and i couldn't believe what i was hearing, the natural tone is quite unique and very clear. This bass guitar sounds and looks like any top-of-the-line instrument but obtained at a very decent price point.
      The build is very well-done with solid/sturdy construction and the finish looks perfect as well (the inlays look sweet too).
      In all honesty, i couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thanks Musicians Friend!

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Forgetaboutit

      By MF Friend

      from S.C.

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Not Much Good To Say

      Cons

      • Bad Set Up Can U Say High
      • Finish Flaws
      • Flat Sound
      • Hump At Neck Joint
      • Not Consistent
      • Pluged In Sound Uneven
      • Poor Sound Unpluged

      Best Uses

      • Returning

      Comments about Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner:

      well this was sold as new, was used. It had a ton of issues. Neck, frets, finish, uneven sound across strings. Compared it with a friends fender and this thing has way less volume, punch, tone. Ordered a fender. Best of luck. This one was returned.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Surprising AEB10E Acoustic-Electric

      By Huey

      from Austin, TX

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Gorgious
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner:

        I noticed what I thought was a very good price on the Ibanez AEB5E, ordered it and received it about two weeks ago. After more research I decided to upgrade to the AEB10E, with its all mahogany body except for the spruce sound board and rosewood frets. I also liked the idea of getting an upgrade in the electronics. This violin sunburst finish with understated accents is gorgeous. It you want a "head-turner," this finish will do the job. The upgrade was money very well spent. As owner of a 1956 Gibson J 45, I know what a great tone sounds like and how quality materials endure. Frankly, I am amazed at what Ibanez has accomplished with the AEB10E as well as the lessor AEV5E in terms of sound quality for the price they are asking. There is considerable difference in the acoustic resonance (sound projection) of the AEV10E and the AEV5E. With a spruce top on the AEV10E, one might expect that. However, one needs to also consider the difference in price if you're on an especially tight budget. As an ole rocker myself, who focused primarily on keyboard and rhythm guitar back-in-the-day, I am now undertaking to learn a bit of bass guitar since both my son and grandson are now respectable guitar players. If you are just now starting out on bass and want the acoustic sound, the AEB5E would be an excellent buy for you. If you are more experienced or just want an acoustic bass with high quality electronics, constructed of traditional superior guitar-making materials, for the money, it's hard to see how you could beat the price/quality ratio you receive with the AEB10E. Did I mention that the customer service at Musicians Friend is awesome? It is!

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Easy-fix bargain repair job

        By Uncle Tim

        from MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Feel
        • Less Than Half Price
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Sounds Better Amped

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner:

        Bought as-is for repair, which turned out to be reseating one fret to remove fret buzz and ... well, that's it. Scratches noted in listing barely visible; one tuning machine improperly fitted -- looks screwy but works fine and not worth fixing. Solid top, great tobacco sunburst finish.

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        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Returning Bass Due to Terrible Finish

        By Gene3

        from Springfield, Vermont

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner:

              Received my new Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic Bass and was shocked by the guitar's terrible finish. It had multiple scratches from a circular buffer on the face and back of the instrument. These scrath marks were under the clearcoat, and easily visible from across the room. They obviously occured during production and not during shipping, etc. Doesn't Ibanez have QC standards? Can't understand how anyone would think it was okay to ship a product that messed up. I'm returning it for a replacement. I expect a perfect finish on the replacement. If not, I will cancel the order and get a refund. Totally unacceptable.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good Buy

              By Tom

              from Minnesota

              About Me Experienced

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner:

                    I'll start with my concerns first. Right out of the box I noticed that quite a few frets rattle and that the strings weren't the best. However, these are easy fixes. I'll just bring it to my local guitar store and have the strings replaced and the action adjusted. The tuners might need a little tightening as well. All that being said, I feel like it's a good buy for the money. Higher end acoustic basses cost a lot more money, but I see this as being a quality intermediate level guitar. Haven't had a chance to check the electronics yet. The tuner is a nice addition. It's got nice, deep lows and punchy highs, which is what I like out of bass guitars. It resonates nicely. Bottom line, if you're willing to give it a little tlc, it'll be a nice addition to your guitar collection.

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                    (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    It frets as beautiful as it Looks.

                    By CJ

                    from Portsmouth,Oh.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner:

                      AEB-10E, I Bought a used One, Got It Home!
                      Buzzed In the 3rd fret Big E,
                      But Noticed How Clean the other 3 were. So Returned and Talked to QC! Person,I New there was NO WAY a Guitar Player sent this OUT!
                      He said He would make sure second one was hand checked By a Player, Now the Big E action Just as sweet as The Little One! For the Money You Will Not Buy a Prettier Guitar!
                      But If Your One of those people that buy stuff to look at and brag about cause You cant play!
                      Dont Buy This You don't deserve IT!
                      I'd slap funk or grass with this baby, Weekend camping out or sunday morning church.
                      The dark model I got kinda gives You The look of old sadle leather, But Classy enough to take anywhere!
                      I read some of the other reviews before buying it. Sounded like player that don't know how to play or had a rich daddy to buy anything they wanted? Cause any guitar under a grand is going to have to be ajusted "alittle" or Your going to ajust to it? Iv found being a poor hillbilly!

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                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Play the AEB10E as soon as you get it...and thoroughly.

                      Comments about Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner:

                      A fantastic bass for any style of music, once you work through any quality issues. I would buy again, but would make sure to play EVERY note on the neck to check for fret buzz that can't be fixed or dead frets.
                      I love the onboard tuner. I've used this bass to play gigs, playing hard rock. It's so nice to be able to tune on-the-fly.
                      The quality varies from instrument to instrument. Play it before you put it away. The first one I got had a couple of dead frets. I exchanged it for a new one that plays and sounds great. It will have serious feedback, in my experience with it when it's played at higher volume, but that is easily solved with a plug for the sound hole. It's the best playing bass I own and, by far, the cheapest bass I own.
                      I'd buy another one in a heartbeat, if something were to ever happen to the one I own. I can't stress enough though, play it up and down, top to bottom, all the way up the neck and back, as soon as you get it.

                      Comment on this review

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      aeb10e

                      By gregory pace

                      from wisconsin

                      Comments about Ibanez AEB10E Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Onboard Tuner:

                      The guitar sounds and plays real good
                      Sound great plugged in and acoustically.You can dial the sound right in.
                      I,m rating this bass low because of quality control.The first one I received had a stripped out tuning peg and the clear coat of the finish was sprayed over a layer of buffing compound.It looked terrible.That being said, the bass sounded really good acoustically and plugged in so I exchanged for another.Misiciansfriend was real good to work with and I received the guitar quickly.Well the second bass has the same clearcoat problem, although not as bad as the first guitar.It also has a couple good dings in the finish,but the bass sounds really good acoustically and plugged in so I'm keeping it.Also the bass comes set up with high action witch I like.If not for you it comes with a second bridge to dial the guitar in to your touch.

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