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Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass   

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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 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.

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

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
 
4.4

(based on 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (38)
  • Fun to play (37)
  • Good audio (33)
  • Stays in tune (28)
  • Consistent (22)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (42)
  • Jamming (32)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Recording (14)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Novice (13), 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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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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5.0

Love this Bass

By 

from Unionville MO

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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:

    Packaged well for shipping , THANKS

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    5.0

    Excellent Bass!!!!!

    By 

    from Gillett, Ar

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      I got the Ibanez AEB5E as a Christmas gift from my wife. I've messed around with one before at a music store but never plugged in. I've always thought acoustic basses/guitars sounded better mic'd. This bass proves otherwise! It growls plugged in and is fun and easy to play! I couldn't be more pleased with it!

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      4.0

      overall a good bass

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      from Toccoa GA

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • Requires Constant Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      Good for practicing at home or low volume or acoustic band events

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      nice instrument, priced right.

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      from Central California

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • very large body, surprisingly so

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      sounds great amplified or not. Fun to play, well constructed for the price point. What was surprising was the size of the instrument. It is technically a "short" scale bass, but the body is quite large.
      For a smaller person, way too large to comfortably play seated. Would have liked to have known the dimensions of the body before ordering, but that info was not available in the online description.

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      5.0

      Beautiful Instrument

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      from Jupiter, FL

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        Very nice instrument. Pretty, sounds great whether plugged in or not. Natural Bass sound when it's in my Loudbox Artist. The strings appear to have been upgraded. The black trim under the gloss in certain spots isn't perfect but it adds a personal touch in my opinion. It has cream binding galore top and bottom and neck. No complaints about the wood material which looks and sounds very natural. I can just imagine using it with my guitar in my recording mix. How dare Ibanez and Musician's Friend put out such an outstanding Bass that now sits alongsite my LP and Gibson J15. I'm proud to own this and I will never have to justify it saying how little I spent. It's here in my house, on my guitar rack and not going away. You would have to pry it from my arms to get it from me. Thanks MF!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Works like a charm ^_^

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        from Portland, OR

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Built In Tuner
        • Lightweight
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

        • A Bit Fat

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        Being that there arent any very popular (or effective) battery operated bass amps out there, an Acoustic Bass is really the only option for someone who doesn't have access to a wall outlet, or doesn't want to carry a heavy amp with them. I was hoping to pick one up, but very few were in a price range that I, as a college student, could afford. That is when I found this little gem.

        The general rule I have found when buying a bass, at least as far as my experiences go, that anything under 300 that you buy will have to have something taken out of it; you can only make an instrument so cheap before it becomes more of a hassle than your time is worth. However, Ibanez has found a way to break this rule time and time again.

        Starting with the downsides: Do not get this bass expecting it to stand up against the drums and electric guitar unamplified. There isn't an acoustic bass on earth that can pull that off, and if there is, it is way to big to bother with. The pre-amp is OK, but only OK. The output jack is in an odd place. and the wiring would be a pain to deal with as you would have to reach down into the body to get to it.

        And now for the many, many upsides: It is a bit fat in size, but is very light weight. I usually play an 11 1/2 lb jazz bass, and this thing is such a literal weight off my back (at least a whole 4 lbs). It has an amazing, earthy tone that you just cant get out of a solid body bass. the body is very study, braced very heavily on the inside. As far as Acoustic basses go, this is one of the loudest I have played. The tuner is surprisingly accurate, and very useful. It is also very comfortable to play standing up, and won't strain your back. And the Icing on the cake is that it allow you to practice anywhere, any time, without the need for power.

        In short, It is very nice, and should be part of your arsenal today. Do not hesitate on this purchase ^_^

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        5.0

        Amazing "Second Quality"

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        from Ewing, nj

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

          This is a very beautiful guitar. The feel is great and the tone is very rich. The tuner on the bass worked very well. Sounds great! I would recommend this to anyone.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Plays great, nice feel

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          from Thousand Oaks, CA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

            This item takes a few minutes to get comfortable with, which is not a bad thing. It is quite different than playing my Jackson electric bass, at least for me. It is not unwieldy, you just need to find your comfy playing position. I picked this because it is a bit smaller than the Dean EABC, and the GC rep said the preamp was better. Plus it was a little cheaper. I do prefer the natural finish vs black (personal preference), but I could only find the black one. However, I am getting plenty of compliments on the black.
            It sounds really great playing acoustically, very rich tone. The action is great, and there are no dead spots or buzzing in the frets. It felt setup when I bought it, but I doubt it really was, so praise to Ibanez. I played this vs a Fender Kingman, and I chose the Ibanez. (Plus the headstock on the Fender looks silly on an acoustic.) Plugged in, I run it through my Zoom B3 pedal, and I could swear that it is louder than my Jackson with active pickups. There is some hum, but this is removed by adjusting the two-band EQ on the bass. I use my pedal to shape my sound anyway. The onboard tuner works well, but is a little over sensitive for my taste. The stock phosphor bronze strings sound terrific, but I am looking forward to replacing those when needed with some recommended Earthwoods.
            I am very pleased with this instrument. I noticed a couple little nicks in the binding, but this is of course a floor model so who knows who played it before me. When you look at it, it seems pretty no frills (no soundhole rosette, no snazzy fingerboard inlays, etc.) but it sounds terrific and plays like butter. I'll take that over cosmetics any day of the week. I am looking forward to playing this for a long time.

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            5.0

            What a GREAT find!!!!

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            from Memphis, TN

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Acoustic venue
              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

              I was a little skeptical about buying a scratch/dent item, but when I saw it it was perfect. The "defects" in the bass are something I would have ended up putting there eventually. It just gives the bass it's own persona and character. Looks great and sounds even better. ALL the electronics work perfectly. This is one of those "diamond in the rough" occurrences! Thanks Musician's Friend!!!!!

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again.

              By 

              from Geneva, NY

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                Good feel, Finish is excellent. Met my expectations.

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