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Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Transparent Violet Sunburst

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Sizzling looks and radiant tone!

The IbanezAEF30E is an acoustic-electric guitar with SQR pickup and SRT preamp. The Ibanez AEF30E guitar'so onboard tuner helps it to sound just as good when amplified as it does played acoustically. The beautiful finishes on the maple back, sides, and flamed maple top are complemented with die-cast gold tuners and pearl block abalone inlays. The Ibanez AEF30E is an acoustic-electric guitar that is sure to shimmer under the lights.

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  • Maple back and sides
  • Flamed maple top
  • Ibanez SQR pickup and SRT preamp
  • Onboard tuner
  • Die-cast gold tuners
  • Pearl block abalone inlays

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IbanezAEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 41 reviews)

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An Acoustic Above All Others!

This was my first true guitar. The other one I had was an Abilene starter acoustic. It was kiddie sized, but still playable by an adult, but lacked a cutaway. First of...Read complete review

This was my first true guitar. The other one I had was an Abilene starter acoustic. It was kiddie sized, but still playable by an adult, but lacked a cutaway. First of all, the aesthetics of this guitar (The finish, inlays, etc.) are amazing. The purple/violet burst is very vibrant (especially in the light) but not overpowering bright. Its a little more violet than in the picture. It also has a subtle glossiness in the middle area by the soundhole, which looks pretty cool when on stage or playing in front of a crowd. The Abalone on the mother of pearl blocks on the inlays also looks really cool, and the large inlays also help you easily spot the key frets. Now before I go further, I will note that I'm more of an electric guitar (more accurately solid body electric guitar) guy, so I'm not an expert on acoustics. In fact this is my ONLY acoustic (other than the aforementioned mini acoustic). It has a lot of resonance when unplugged, and sounds well through an amp as well (even a cruddy Squier SP10 amp). the on board tuner is a lifesaver, and the preamp helps alter your tone on the fly. It doesn't go so well in overdrive/distortion (loud blue whale dying feedback) but I think that goes for all/most acoustics (again, I mainly play electric). I will say that I found this guitar very versatile: I've learned to play a lot of songs on it, From Pink Floyd to White Stripes, and from The Who to Korn. It served its purpose well in helping learn to play guitar, and I still use it when practicing. The only con to say about it, is a few months after I got it, after changing the strings, I got some weird fret buzzing from the D string and buzzing from the upper frets. Keep in mind I was young, and knew little up to this point. It turns out I put the D string for an electric guitar on it, and the neck needed some minor readjustment. I've had no problems since. I definitely recommend this if you're just starting out; This guitar has a lot of tone to it and is fun to play. It also looks cool in your collection with the wild purple color, abalone & mother of pearl inlays, and gold hardware. Plus, its in a very affordable price range. It has all you need and will definitely last you.

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I bought this guitar over a year ago. I got the beautiful violin burst color. I needed a guitar for the church worship team and solo coffee house gigs. When I got it...Read complete review

I bought this guitar over a year ago. I got the beautiful violin burst color. I needed a guitar for the church worship team and solo coffee house gigs. When I got it I was amazed by everything. The feel, the sound, the guitar was a dream. But, exactly a year after I bought it (in the middle of a church service to make the matter worse) the onboard system started to produce an awful crackling noise. At first I thought it was the connection, but when I looked at my onboard tuner, it was randomly (and rapidly) turning itself on and off, and all the lights on it were just going crazy. I took the onboard system out and got a soundhole pickup + piezo undersaddle stereo system. It's working great. Like I said the guitar feels great, but the electronics went out suddenly after a year of use.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a Great Surprise!

By Mark Zelenz

from New York

Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Very happy and content.
Been thinking about a cutaway acoustic electric since Dave Matthews came on the seen. All my guitar friends and even store specialists talked me out of it saying the acoustic sound is nothing if not powered and takes away from the the traditional acoustic sound. I'm happy to say they all got it wrong with this guitar!. Bright sound and great feel and of course love the color. Props to Musicians Friend customer service as the guitar came with a nick in the neck and they were happy to swap it out. After receiving the replacement (it too sounded and felt great) I found myself too attached to the first guitar to give it up and kept it. Also, the built in tuner is a huge luxury for me. Love this guitar.
Guitar is solid. Has some wires that rattle inside is my only negative. Plugged it in and it sounds and plays like a dream. Looking forward to 2012 and showing it off.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

RUN FROM IBANEZ

By ROB WISER

from TEXAS

Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Forget about the looks and sound. The reality is that after you have the FIRST issue with it- IBANEZ will not be reachable--There is no way to get parts- no person to talk to- no customer service at all- When you buy an Ibanez- you are screwed if you need parts-My AUTHORIZED Ibanez dealer said-it is best to remove the electronics and leave the hole open- I will install a different type of pick system- If I order IBANEZ parts it may take many months if ever to get them-- its not worth it-- RUN FROM IBANEZ---------

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not for big sound, but adequate

By Eminence_Front

from Los Angeles

Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guy a little less than 3 years ago. I got an excellent price, at $100 off, so for original price I walked out with a hard case, cable, and a stack of various picks.After two years the bridge started to delaminate itself from the guitar and pull up at the end. It's not destructive, but it will require attention eventually. Other than than it keeps tune well, and the onboard preamp is really good quality electronics. The only word of caution is that due to thin body it is very mid-rangey and not alot of bottom end like you'd expect from this body shape.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar over a year ago. I got the beautiful violin burst color. I needed a guitar for the church worship team and solo coffee house gigs. When I got it I was amazed by everything. The feel, the sound, the guitar was a dream. But, exactly a year after I bought it (in the middle of a church service to make the matter worse) the onboard system started to produce an awful crackling noise. At first I thought it was the connection, but when I looked at my onboard tuner, it was randomly (and rapidly) turning itself on and off, and all the lights on it were just going crazy. I took the onboard system out and got a soundhole pickup + piezo undersaddle stereo system. It's working great. Like I said the guitar feels great, but the electronics went out suddenly after a year of use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the sound

By Skoked

from PA

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Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I used to work for Ibanez as a a guitar checker and I love the sound of this guitar. I guess it depends on your preference but if you like crisp bright clear acoustic sound, this one is for you. It is my acoustic sound of choice. Neck feels great to.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

10 stars based on price range

By 10acErnie

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I tried every acoustic guitar at GC in the $1000 and under price range and the AEF30E blew them all away. I needed something to use for a duo gig and I didn't want to spend more than $1000, give or take. I'm giving it a 10 star rating not because this is the greatest acoustic ever made... but because nothing even touched this axe ..... for twice the amount of money. If you're looking for a cheap, but well made acoustic look no further.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great guitar!!

By Still rockin' at middle age

from Mason, Ohio

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Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought it last night after trying Takamines, Fenders and Alvarez of around the same price. This transparent-violet guitar is beautiful and its sound is angelical!! It is so soft to play and the action is so smooth that you barely make a noise when changing chords. I also purchased a Crate CA15 accoustic amp and I was blown away by this little guy with this guitar.The only thing I had to watch for was that when playing the guitar sitting down, my shoulder increased the volume by rubbing against the dial. The position of the electronics should be changed to the upper top, not where it is located.Great guitar!!!

 
4.0

OK guitar

By Rod Dog

from Selinsgrove, PA

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Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have the trans black and believe me the pics don't do it justice. I normally prefer natural color acoustics but this guitar is a beauty, well made, some nice bling but not overdone IMO. It's well built and comfortable to play. Electronics are good but the outer case and dials are made of soft rubber and mine is getting sticky/starting to deteriorate. The tuner is temperamental(works sometimes) but I prefer a clip-on anyhow. The unplugged acoustic sound is nothing to write home about but that's to be expected from a thinner bodied, laminated maple top. The top wood is also VERY thick which is great for durability but makes it sound somewhat boxy without much sustain. That could be a good or bad thing depending on your taste. If you like a quieter, more subdued, warm, mid-rangy sound(which I do), then this guitar is for you. You can strum it hard and it doesn't get harsh. In fact this guitar begs to be strummed hard! However if you prefer a more open, bright, taylor-like sound, then I'd say look elsewhere. It is what it is, a cowboy chord strumming chugger that looks cool and is fun to play. I have much better guitars but I've decided to keep this one after thinking about selling it for awhile.

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4.0

An Acoustic Above All Others!

By Gman

from New Jersey

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      • Acoustic Jam
      • Experimenting
      • Learning to play

      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This was my first true guitar. The other one I had was an Abilene starter acoustic. It was kiddie sized, but still playable by an adult, but lacked a cutaway. First of all, the aesthetics of this guitar (The finish, inlays, etc.) are amazing. The purple/violet burst is very vibrant (especially in the light) but not overpowering bright. Its a little more violet than in the picture. It also has a subtle glossiness in the middle area by the soundhole, which looks pretty cool when on stage or playing in front of a crowd. The Abalone on the mother of pearl blocks on the inlays also looks really cool, and the large inlays also help you easily spot the key frets. Now before I go further, I will note that I'm more of an electric guitar (more accurately solid body electric guitar) guy, so I'm not an expert on acoustics. In fact this is my ONLY acoustic (other than the aforementioned mini acoustic). It has a lot of resonance when unplugged, and sounds well through an amp as well (even a cruddy Squier SP10 amp). the on board tuner is a lifesaver, and the preamp helps alter your tone on the fly. It doesn't go so well in overdrive/distortion (loud blue whale dying feedback) but I think that goes for all/most acoustics (again, I mainly play electric). I will say that I found this guitar very versatile: I've learned to play a lot of songs on it, From Pink Floyd to White Stripes, and from The Who to Korn. It served its purpose well in helping learn to play guitar, and I still use it when practicing. The only con to say about it, is a few months after I got it, after changing the strings, I got some weird fret buzzing from the D string and buzzing from the upper frets. Keep in mind I was young, and knew little up to this point. It turns out I put the D string for an electric guitar on it, and the neck needed some minor readjustment. I've had no problems since. I definitely recommend this if you're just starting out; This guitar has a lot of tone to it and is fun to play. It also looks cool in your collection with the wild purple color, abalone & mother of pearl inlays, and gold hardware. Plus, its in a very affordable price range. It has all you need and will definitely last you.

       
      5.0

      Great sound

      By Pearl JAM Rocks

      from Newark,NJ

      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I own this guitar for a little over a year now, and the only thing I can say is that this is the Best guitar(acoustic) I've ever owned!Great Value!!

       
      5.0

      Best Acoustic Ever

      By Metallidude13

      from Dallas Tx.

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      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is by far the best guitar that I have ever played. It has sweet and rich acoustic tone, and an aewsome sound plugged into any amp. If you want a new acoustic electric you should look in to this one. Less than a third of the price of a taylor but just as good.

       
      5.0

      Very Nice Guitar

      By Carrman217

      from Rantoul, IL

      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar because the price was right. I was leary about buying a guitar on line unplayed but I thought I would take a chance. I was not disappointed! Very sweet action and well rounded sound. It was also comfortable in my lap and hands. I am happy with this purchase and I think all but the very super picky will be happy this guitar.

       
      5.0

      Extremely Pleased !

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      After doing some serious research on the Internet, I had my acoustic guitar purchase down to 2 guitars, the Yamaha APX5A and the Ibanez AEF30E. The Yamaha had all outstanding reviews, as did the Ibanez. I think overall the Yamaha came out slightly ahead. I was ready to order my Yamaha through the Internet, but decided to first try out both guitars. I found a local dealer who happened to carry both brands. My initial overt reaction was a favorable one towards the Yamaha. Overall it was very eye appealing and was very light weight. The Ibanez was a 'purple' color, officially known as trans Violet Sunburst, personally I didn't care for the finish. But it was rather classy looking with the Gold hardware. Playing both guitars I immediately favored the Ibanez. I felt it was easier to play (the action was fast & the neck very smoothe) and just 'looked' more expensive. Both were similarly priced. My original leanings, based on Internet ratings, was towards the Yamaha, but after about 20 minutes of trying both guitars, I decided to get the Ibanez. The strings are much heavier than on my Stratocaster (11's vs. 9's), but the sound of this guitar is nothing short of sensational. Once I begin playing, it's hard to put down. I purchased the 'Antique Cherry Violin' finish and was extremely pleased that I did. It is drop dead gorgeous! There is nothing negative you can say about this guitar. Between the EQ and the Phase & Tuner buttons, it pretty much has it all. I am extremely satisfied with the Quality and the Sound of the Ibanez, and I think most musicians will.It gets a 10 out of 10 from me.Enjoy.

       
      3.0

      Disappointed

      By Pat-SXQdb

      from Weirton, WV

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      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I am a independent/professional musician. I bought this guitar 6 months ago. It quit working 2 gigs ago in the middle of the show. I've only done about 50 gigs with this thing and I'm very let down. This is the second Ibanez acoustic/electric that I've had to send in for repair within the past 6 months. For the price, I wouldn't have labeled this as a "cheap guitar" when I bought it, but the sad truth is I believe the electronics are very cheap and unreliable. I've been using Ibanez acoustics and electrics since my 1st purchase of one (RG550) in 1990 and it's a shame that quality has gone down over the years. The guitar is beautiful, plays like a dream and sounds great when it works. I contacted Ibanez and after some dodging and complaining they finally agreed to send me a pre-paid label to ship it back to them to fix. This grype is with Ibanez, after all, they're the ones manufacturing guitars that have questionable reliability for long periods of stage use.Any "Serious" independent musician's out there know that it's hard to buy top notch guitars for big $$$ while your trying to make ends meet as an artist, but think twice before buying this guitar or any other guitar that hasn't stood the test of time and made a name for itself in music history. By that I mean I'm going to save and get a higher end Martin or Taylor, after all, some of my biggest influences use them regularly and they would know a "road worthy guitar" because they are famous professionals.Pat from Weirton, WV.

       
      2.0

      watch out

      By litespeed

      from elmira, NY

      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar about a year ago and just sold it. Make basically of plywood it may look good but thats all. I bought an ovation baladeer which is incredible. The tuner on the AEF 30 is questionable, plugged in the feedback is ridiculous, the guitar does not stay in tune. The only place this guitar shines is in the appearance. Don't be fooled

       
      5.0

      AEF30E

      By Deadsall

      from Houston, TX

      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I have been playing this guitar for a few days now and all I can say is wow. For the money this is a great sounding and great playing guitar. I use a Fender amp that I have had for years and the tone is warm and mellow on the low notes. The highs are somewhat subdued but that may be from the type of strings that came on it. I bought the deep purple model with the gold tuning keys and the mother of pearl fretboard inlays and I have had several comments on the great look of the guitar.

       
      4.0

      Wonderful features

      By dtackett

      from McLean, IL

      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I have owed this guitar for over a year now and have been pleased with its performance. I traded an ovation tagent for the guitar and kind of wish now that I wouldn't of. Don't get me wrong, it has wonderful features but it is constantly needing adjustments. The on board tuner is very handy if you don't have an ear for tuning, but doesn't make up for the quality or value.

       
      5.0

      AweSome GuitaR

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I own the trans black AEF30E, and it looks really nice and it plays well too! I'm really picky when it comes to guitars, but this one is really nice. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone. It's cheap and it has really great quality.

       
      5.0

      Ibanez Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

      By Ryan-d3Lf3

      from Dallas, TX

      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar. I just received this guitar. I have the grey finish and it looks great, the inlays are also really nice. The cosmetics of the guitar are great, but so is the tone of the guiar. I will probably never buy another acoustic guitar ever. The volume control has a tuner and your usual volume effects. GREAT GUITAR

       
      5.0

      great guitar

      By guitarboy-X75V4

      from Northville, MI

      Comments about Ibanez AEF30E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I really like this guitar. It is my third one, and my first acoustic. It has a really nice sound but it buzzes sometimes. The pearl looks really good between the frets. I love how it is not so big and fat so that you can't play it, it is the right size so it doesn't hurt your right arm when you strum. Over all this is a really good guitar.

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