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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 side...Read More

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The best of both bass worlds, for a great price.

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

Order today and add an acoustic to your bass arsenal.

SPECIFICATIONS

AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass

  • 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
 
4.3

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (25)
  • Good feel (25)
  • Good audio (20)
  • Stays in tune (17)
  • Consistent (12)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (28)
  • Jamming (19)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Novice (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Value; Great Sound!

Overall, I'd definitely buy it again! It's my third bass, rounding out the set - it accompanies an Ibanez electric that's my "hard use" bass, and a 1976 Ric 4001 that...Read complete review

Overall, I'd definitely buy it again! It's my third bass, rounding out the set - it accompanies an Ibanez electric that's my "hard use" bass, and a 1976 Ric 4001 that (naturally) is my "good" bass. Good buy if the acoustic is something you're looking to add to your battery and won't be using as your primary bass. If you're shopping for a primary instrument, I might be tempted to go one notch up the quality scale, but for what I bought it for - amp-less practice and the maybe 5-10% of songs during gigs where I want the acoustic sound, it's perfect.
Tuner, volume, bass and treble controls on a this bass? All work as advertised, lots here for the money. The only down side here is that you have to plug it in for the tuner to work (designed that way). Sorta defeats the acoustic with built-in tuner concept of being able to go play somewhere without an amp... But - easy fix - just stick a plug from an old cord or an adapter in your case so you have a plug to stick in the jack while tuning, and you're good to go.
A fair amount of fret buzz out of the box, and I haven't had a chance to see if a quality set-up will improve that. Some has been helped by adjusting my playing style, going at it a bit more gently than I'm used to with my electrics... But, the finish is nice, the bass plays well, the electronics all work great, it holds a tune, good action, and nice tone - absolutely no complaints at this price!
I frankly, can't believe I got this much bass for this little money! The sound is great, and (unlike some reviews I've read on other acoustics) this one can hold its own volume-wise in an acoustic setting with the six-strings you're likely to be playing with.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worthless

My main bass is a Ibanez ATK300 and I am very pleased with it and Ibanez so I'm thinking I got a defective one. I'm just speaking from my experience and the one I...Read complete review

My main bass is a Ibanez ATK300 and I am very pleased with it and Ibanez so I'm thinking I got a defective one. I'm just speaking from my experience and the one I got was terrible. Even the paint was scratched and chipped on the back. If I got a defective one there may be more out there so just be careful.
When I got this bass the strings were so high or so low I couldn't even try out the features. I salvaged the pickups and tuner and gave them to my guitar repairman friend and he put them in a similar model and he says they sound great.
Neck was warped. String height was very inconsistent. The only playable string was the E. Chipped paint on back.
The local store charged me more than I feel its worth.

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1.0

strike two?....!

By eagle auto

from grass valley ca

About Me Novice

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        I waited 2 months for the bass to get shipped. The tuner did not turn on. Musicians friend senr second bass.. the tuner did not work in the second one... call musicians again, decides to upgrade to better model. Waiting for third guitar to get shipped

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        5.0

        Essential for my practice.

        By Doot

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Came Set Up
        • Can Beat It Around
        • Cheap
        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Just Loud Enough
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Acoustic Sessions
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Writing

          Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

          I got this bass around two years ago after my guitarist convinced me I need an acoustic bass (which you certainly don't). I expected it to be JUST well enough to play, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. It came in the mail with no cosmetic flaw (expected with musicians friend) and came, to my surprise, with SUPER low action and no fret buzz whatsoever. To this day even, it has never had a set up and i've only changed the strings once (she's long past due right about now). With some Ernie Earthwounds she really sings, almost a piano-like tone. I use it for folk mainly, Avett Brothers etc. and she gets the job done well. I've never had a problem, would say it's worth double the price. I wonder what the AEB10E is like.......

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          5.0

          Acoustic bass

          By Merle Bricklemeyer

          from The Great United States Of America.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

            Was not sure how good it was gonna be for the price but once again ibanez gives a good sound and playing instrument for a great price. could not believe how good it sounded when i pluged it into the amp . AWESOME IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE IT . GOOD JOB

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            5.0

            Ibanez acoustic bass

            By Fordtuf

            from Bozeman, MT

            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 AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

              Was pleasantly surprised by this bass. Very inexpensive yet better quality than what I was expecting.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              NICE!!!!

              By fishmark1

              from houston texas

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Nice
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • Tuner And Eq Location
              • Tuner Only Work Pluged In

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

              This is really a nice bass for the price I was surprised , the tuner could be located in a different place and I did not like location of the nut for the strap in the front of the bass, I did find some defects in the finish of the bass but not to bad. I also work over the EQ and even if it is a basic EQ i think it works great with good vol. control. the action of the strings is great it does not need to be set up and I hope all of these bass are the same way if not then I got real lucky, it is very easy to play with no fret out or buzzing anywhere on the neck and I looked for some played it hard looking for some. all in all I would buy it again. and I would recommend to anyone looking for a acoustic electric bass, I gave it only four stars because of location of tuner the strap nut and the defects in the finish

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great practice Acoustic Bass

              By planktonchipz

              from New Jersey, USA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Affordable
              • Good Quality
              • Looks great
              • Sounds Clean

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Playing For A Small Crowd
                • Practice

                Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                Very good acoustic bass, especially for the price. Good quality, looks and sounds great. You cannot beat it for the price.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Bass

                By Eliofswords

                from roanoke,va

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy to play
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Sounds great
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                  really easy to play, the neck is perfect thickness for smooth play.

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                  5.0

                  Good Buy

                  By Glockburg

                  from Williamsburg, VA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Flat Sound

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                  First let me say this is a great buy. Though right out of the box I had to take it to a guitar tech to dial in... I was also getting a muted sound off the A when plugged up. After tons of forums searches I found teh answer; the altered saddle that it came with was not making full contact on the pickup. I had to sand the bottom very slightly to eliminate some of the so it would make contact. Now it plays perfectly!

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  NICE! But . . .

                  By JtC

                  from TX

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • On Board Tuner

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                  Got this bass for Christmas this year. It was set up well right out of the box. The fit and finish were great -it's a beautiful bass.

                  One minor issue is the wires were hanging loose inside because the double-sided tape wire holder fell loose in shipping.

                  One thing I don't understand at all is the tuner. An on-board tuner is not a "con" in itself, it is one of the reasons I wanted this particular bass. But, it only works when a cable is plugged in! What is the point of having an on-board tuner if it has to be plugged in to work? And why does it need a battery if this is the case? Makes no sense!!! Especially since I will rarely plug this bass into an amp. I solved this problem by carrying around a 4" cable to plug in when I need to use the on-board tuner. It is a bit frustrating that the on-board tuner doesn't work unless a cable is plugged in to it. Doesn't that defeat the purpose? Again, what in the heck was the thought process behind this design?

                  Anyway, other than that, I love this bass. It is easy to play and sounds great acoustic or plugged in to an amp. It is so handy to just grab and practice scales and songs and not have to worry about plugging in -unless I need to TUNE it of course! }:~{

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                  4.0

                  Best bang for your buck

                  By NihilistCraneSinger29

                  from Westchester, NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                    After breaking the new strings in, it stayed in tune pretty well. Ibanez just makes good stuff. Period. The built-in tuner was a wonderful surprise as well. Very handy. I showed up at band practice and blew everyone's mind. They couldn't wait to get their hands on it. Prompt shipping as well. Very satisfied.

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