Ibanez AEL40SE
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Ibanez AEL40SE

AEL40SE, Acoustic-electric Folk/Western guitar from Ibanez in the AEL series.

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Audiofanzine FR 04/11/2008

Ibanez AEL40SE : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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(Originally written by Egli/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

Chinese guitar with 20 frets, tuner (very convenient) and battery-operated SRT preamp, Ibanez pickup by B band Squeal repeal, and Smooth Tuner AS gold machine heads.
Ivorex II nut, neck and bridge, Advantage bridge pins.
Flamed sycamore back and sides, massive spruce top.
Volume and tone controls plus bass, mid and high.
Set neck with wood inlays, mahogany fingerboard, very nice abalone rosette.
The guitar has a wonderful finish.

UTILIZATION

Comfortable neck and It'll surely get better with time (I've only had the guitar for one and a half months).
The cutaway allows an easy access to the upper frets.

The guitar is huge so it might be somewhat uncomfortable for short people (but not for me, I'm very tall).
Standard weight for an acoustic.
Great sound! Really good.
The state-of-the-art Ibanez production center offers excellent-quality instruments for an almost unbeatable price.
Good sound!

SOUNDS

I play it mainly unplugged for accompaniment and it sounds great.
I purchased an acoustic Ibanez Troubadour 35 combo amp.
Right now I don't use it that often because I play in a small room at home.
Excellent high-end and good sustain, I'm very satisfied... I also tried a low-price, nice-sounding Olympia but I don't really need anything else...
It stays in tune.

OVERALL OPINION

Best of all are its looks! Really nice... The jumbo size is sometimes bothersome when I sit on a small stool (I know, you'll say "sit somewhere else" and you are probably right!). I tried an AEL 20 too (very good), an Olympia OD 10 SCE (excellent) and several Fender models (not my taste).

Quite unbeatable value for money for a superb guitar with an awesome sound.
I would buy it again for the same price.
Ibanez hollowbodies are also interesting because they have a good manufacturing quality as well (Art core Series).