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Ibanez AEB8E-BK Acoustic Bass Guitar 4-String

by Ibanez

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  • 4-string acoustic bass guitar
  • Body made from Agathis wood
  • Ibanez SPT pre-amplifier, built-in tuner
  • Colour: black
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Technical Details
Item Weight5 Kg
Product Dimensions130.5 x 71.5 x 21.5 cm
Item model numberAEB8E-BK
Number of Strings4
  
Additional Information
ASINB000RYB198
Best Sellers Rank 15,702 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9 Kg
Date First Available3 Sep 2008
  
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Product Description

Agathis top, back & sides Mahogany neck Rosewood bridge Rosewood fretboard Ibanez under saddle pickup Ibanez SPT preamp Balanced XLR & 1/4 outputs Ibanez Ivorex II nut & saddle Black plastic bridge pins Ibanez strap button for acoustic guitars 32 scale Sharing the same body style with the AEL series guitars, the fat tone of the bass will endear the AEB to any bass player. With a new preamp featuring a built-in tuner, either SST preamp (for the AEB10E model) or SPT preamp, and a thick resonant body; AEB is the perfect stage bass for your next unplugged gig.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BD VINE VOICE on 6 Nov 2012
As an experienced bassist who has owned and played mainly Gibson and Fender guitars over 20 years (and their cheaper Epiphone and Squier equivalents too) in various styles and genres of band, I was a complete newcomer to the Ibanez brand until I bought an AEB8E. I purchased this electro acoustic bass as a impulse purchase after my band at the time decided we would go acoustic in local pubs to attract a bigger 'following'. Considering how little research I did before handing over the cash, I was very pleasantly surprised by the Ibanez AEB8E, and continue to be impressed by it almost 5 years later.

Sound 5/5

For me the AEB8E has a sound quality and depth which punches far above its price. Yes you have to be careful with the onboard eq bass setting to avoid feedback in a loud live or rehearsal setting, but this is really pretty much it. The sound even connected to a small practice amp has a good deep tone that does not suffer too much from over brightness (zingyness!) which is something I have experienced on other electro acoustic basses I have owned (and now sold!). The bass also seems very tolerant and consistent with various makes of Strings. So far I have used Rotosound, Trace Elloit and D'Addario strings, and the bass was pretty happy with all of them. The AEB8E has also received praise for its looks and deep sound at gigs with punters coming up to me and asking about the bass, which is a compliment to Ibanez for producing such a great instrument.

Features 5/5

The Ibanez AEB8E has a full depth full sized body which has included an on board Ibanez SPT preamp with adjustable volume and EQ. It also features the options of two balanced outputs (XLR or 1\4 jack) Strap buttons are also included as standard which are both screwed (not glued) into the body.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Delmont on 29 Nov 2012
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I always said that I'd never buy a guitar without trying it first, so I was really nervous about clicking on the AEB 8E.
I play with a ukulele band nowadays and I wanted something that was loud when played unplugged and sounded good when amplified. I couldn't have made a better choice! OK so it's not loud enough to be heard over half a dozen ukulele's playing flat out, but one on one it's plenty big enough.
I was very happy with the built in tuner, and when it's plugged into my little practice amp it really takes off! I found the action to be just right and the balance and feel of the neck as good as a guitar twice the price.
I must also mention the good people of Merchant City Music. It arrived really quickly, (in about a day and a half) and was well packed.
No doubt about it, it deserves all of it's five stars.

Signed

A VERY happy plank spanker
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Dawson on 9 July 2012
Just aquired one of these as my first acoustic bass, and very pleased with it. I normaly play Spectors and Stingrays but wanted a decent but inexpensive bass to take to festivals etc with no power. I have always been an Ibanez fan - never come across any of their guitars which did not have excellent build quality - so bought one nearly-new sight unseen as the price was keen.

First impressions generally excellent - very pretty lustrous black with a nice highlilght line - although I was a bit perturbed to see the height of the action, which was HUGE (I play all my basses strung very low). However a thorough setup later and things were much improved, even though I had to take close to a full turn on the trussrod!

The acoustic sound with the original strings was pretty good - nice and round, with good volume and sustain - but the real surprise (and delight) was when I plugged it in. WOW! The piezo pickup and the SPT preamp somehow make this thing sound amazing - incredible depth, punch and clarity with very little fiddling with the settings. The phase button rounds out the sound beautifully, and whilst I was happy with the bass acoustically, the electric sound is so far beyond what I was expecting it's got me thinking if I shouldn't use it in lieu of one of my electrics!

It also has the added benefit of a built-in tuner and an XLR DI out.

I am mightily pleased with this at the price. My only concern would be that high action, but of course that could be down to many things and is manageable. I'd rate it 4.5 stars but forced to choose between 4 & 5 I've gone up because of that preamp, which is a peach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DD2Wolves on 21 Feb 2014
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I took my 15 year-old semi-accoustic Bass to be set-up and was told a long list of issues with it. A basic refit would get it operationally better but would cost £100 and by this time the instrument wasn't worth it. I therefore looked at several reviews of other semi-accoustic basses. The Ibanex AEB8E seemed to have won over several players and so I ordered one. It arrived within two days, I gigged with it a day later and it does exactly what it says on the tin!
It's nice looking has a good rich sound when played accoustically, no different when through an amp, has an in-built EQ and Tuner and even has a DI-port as well as input for a normal jack lead. I've not had course to use the DI-port as yet but I wouldn't think that it is problematic as nothing else is. The price was good too. Overall I would recommend it.
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