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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 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
 
4.4

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (40)
  • Fun to play (38)
  • Good audio (33)
  • Stays in tune (30)
  • Consistent (23)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (44)
  • Jamming (33)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Recording (15)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), 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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4.0

Good bass at a good price .

By Bill

from undisclosed

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Comments about Ibanez AEB5E Acoustic-Electric Bass:

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

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(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.

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5.0

Awesome bass, great price

By Doug

from Auburn, ny

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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.

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    5.0

    Not bad for the price

    By shokwav

    from north carolina

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    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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      5.0

      Love this Bass

      By rc

      from Unionville MO

      About Me Novice

      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:

        Packaged well for shipping , THANKS

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Bass!!!!!

        By Amazing Snyder-Man

        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

          By Matt

          from Toccoa GA

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          Verified Buyer

          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.

          By Stratbob

          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

          By David G

          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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            4.0

            Works like a charm ^_^

            By Koren Raing

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Experienced

            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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