Ibanez AEB8E
Ibanez AEB8E

AEB8E, 4-string acoustic bass guitar from Ibanez in the AEB series.

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Audiofanzine FR 05/12/2008

Ibanez AEB8E : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)


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(Originally written by Bloodrain33/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
- Where was it made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France...)

Made in China... I don't have anything against Chinese guitar makers but...

More information: -> https://www.ibanez.co.jp/world/country/frame_france.html

- How many frets, what kind of pickups and what is the pickup configuration?

22 frets, piezo pickup, Ibanez SPT preamp

- What about controls (volume, tone, pickup selector...)?

I was surprised to see that the controls are very comprehensive: shape, treble, mid, bass, tuner plus a phase control but I don't know what for!

There's a picture on the following website: https://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/images/features/28.jpg

- What kind of neck?

Standard set neck...

- Is the neck comfortable?

Quite comfortable! It's very fast! (but not as fast because the neck varnish is too thick... :s)

- Is the access to the upper frets easy?

No problems up to the 19th fret! Then it becomes difficult but that's normal, it's an acoustic guitar...

- Is the instrument ergonomic (body shape, weight...)?

Light, playable...

- Does it fit your music style?

Perfect! It's an all-round instrument! I play rock, punk, metal, etc.

I sometimes like to slap and it's also quite good at that! (but don't expect too much, it's a budget Jazz Bass!)

- Which amp(s) or effect(s) do you use with it?

Amps: Behringer Ultrabass, Fender Rumble 15.

Effects: EHX Nano Clone Chorus and Ibanez Phat-Hed PD7.

- What kind of sounds do you get and which settings do you use ("crystal-clear", "fat", ...)?

Everything possible using the versatile EQ!

[/b]- Which sounds do you prefer / hate?[/b]

The unplugged sound is ok, but it's more interesting when plugged. It has a nice but special character so test it before buying it.

- How long have you been using it?

Since early December 2008 but I tested it before...

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?

Pros: Very comprehensive preamp, sound, average finish...

Cons: The varnish chips off too easily ...

- Did you try any other models before buying it?

I tested about ten models, three of which were interesting for me: a Cort, a Fender and this Ibanez (much cheaper)...

- How would you rate its value for money?

Unbeatable! Except for the too thick and chipping varnish, this bass is excellent!

- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?

For sure!

I give it between 16 and 18 because of the varnish. I'm not fan but other people might like it! I like natural finishes!

P.S. I will update this review at some later point because the bass is still very new.