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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.
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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 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (31)
  • Fun to play (29)
  • Good audio (25)
  • Stays in tune (23)
  • Consistent (18)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (34)
  • Jamming (25)
  • Recording (11)
  • Small venues (11)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Novice (10), 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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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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    Verified Buyer

    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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bass

      By 

      from KANSAS

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      This is my second acoustic/electric bass. I used to own the Dean EABC which is a very large instrument with unreal fret buzz. It also sounded like garbage plugged in. In comparison this Ibanez is much better quality in every aspect. The AEB5E may have a little less volume unplugged than the EABC, but is much more playable. The tones both acoustic and electric are warm. I'm not a fan of black instruments, but it's growing on me due to its playability.

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      5.0

      Love this bass

      By 

      from Idaho Falls, ID.

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • jam anytime and anywhere
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • No case

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      I just received this guitar as a gift for last years Birthday/Christmas. Yes! LAST YEAR!! Due to it being out of stock and other issues I finally got it. I love the rich sound and how it feels when i play it. It sounds great plugged or unplugged. My only complaint is that it does not come with a case or gig bag. other than that, it's a thumbs up. Ibanez guitars have been one of my go-to brands for many years and the AEB5E does not disappoint. I applaud Musicians Friend for their prompt, courteous, and professional service. Thank You Musicians Friend.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Acoustic bass review

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      from So-AL "south alabama"

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        Good bass, the only complaint is a little fret buzz. Every acoustic bass is going to have a little though. Unplugged it works well for acoustic jam sessions. Plugged in it does not lack clarity or power. This is a great acoustic bass for the price.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Pleased!!

        By 

        from Winston Salem, NC

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

          Very pleased with the quality of this bass, especially for the price. The instrument is well-made and sounds fantastic. I was very pleased and can't wait 'til I'm playing like a pro. I'd highly recommend.

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          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          strike two?....!

          By 

          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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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Essential for my practice.

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                from Charlotte, NC

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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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Acoustic bass

                  By 

                  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 

                    from Bozeman, MT

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                    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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