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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 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (43)
  • Fun to play (41)
  • Good audio (36)
  • Stays in tune (31)
  • Consistent (24)

Cons

  • Flat sound (3)
  • Not consistent (3)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (46)
  • Jamming (34)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Recording (16)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Novice (13), Professional musician (5)

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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2.0

A bit dissaqpointed ...but

By JV

from El Cajon CA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Fret buzz to the max
  • no depth to e string... most dont
  • Not Consistent

Best Uses

  • Create and experiment changing design

Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

Going to try to create a live acoustic bass using this as the beginning

 
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

     
    5.0

    Exactly what I wanted!

    By Timellisart

    from Central CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      I have wanted an acoustic bass for years and got this for my son who is now learning. This was very cheap so I was concerned about the quality. The bass sounds meaty and play very well. It has all the guts I wanted and is very easy to play. Thrilled with the electronics and onboard tuner. A really great value.

       
      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.

           
          5.0

          Just what I needed and better than expected

          By Doug

          from SW Florida

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

          I wanted an acoustic bass mostly for learning as I play other string instruments but have never touched a bass guitar. It seems well-made and puts out plenty of sound without an amp.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good bass at a good price .

          By Bill C.

          from Charlotte , NC

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

          Nice bass for not so much dough . Sounds good , fun to play .

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Ibanez purchase

          By David

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

          A great restock in fabulous condition, I love this bass, sounds great and has been a wonderful instrument to start learning bass on. Musician's Friend lived up their promise of a quality product at a great price.

           
          5.0

          Awesome bass, great price

          By Doug

          from Auburn, ny

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Feel
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

            Love having an acustic, this is a great addition, I would recommend and buy again.

             
            5.0

            Not bad for the price

            By shokwav

            from north carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Writing

              Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

              I bought this so I had a bass I could write with. I can just pick it up, tap out some ideas or record a sample without having to plug everything in.

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