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The AE205 is an AE series acoustic/electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in mid 2016. It is produced in China.

The AE205 features a Venetian cutaway body shape with a solid Sitka spruce top with scalloped cross-bracing and mahogany back (with Tone Projection cross bracing) and sides with a gloss finish. The soundhole is round with an abalone and maple rosette and a red tortoise pickguard. It has a satin-finished mahogany neck with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with wooden vine inlays. Components include a compensated bone saddle in a rosewood bridge with Ibanez Advantage pins, a bone nut, and chrome tuning machines. Electronics consist of a T-bar undersaddle pickup connected to an Ibanez Custom Electronics preamp mounted internally with a ¼" endpin output.

For 2018 the fretboard and bridge were changed from rosewood to ovangkol. For 2019 the back and sides were changed from mahogany to okoume, the neck from mahogany to nyatoh and the fretboard and bridge from ovangkol to katalox.

The AE205A is a similar model with an ivory pickguard. The AE205J is a similar model with a rosewood fretboard and bridge. The AE245 is a similar model with a mahogany top. The AE205JR is a related model with a downsized body and a shorter scale neck.

Specifications

Specifications for AE205
Years: 2016–2020
Areas: Asia & Africa 2016–2019 / China 2016–2019 / Europe 2016–2019 / Japan 2016–2017; 2020 / North & South America and Oceania 2019
Made in: China
Finishes: Brown Sunburst High Gloss (BS) 2018–2020 / Natural High Gloss (NT) 2016–2017 / Transparent Radiant(?) Green (TRG) 2017
Body
Body type:
Acoustic
Body shape:
AE body w/ Venetian cutaway
Dimensions:
  Length: 508mm/ 20"
  Width: 410mm/ 16⅛"
  Depth: 114mm/ 4½"
Top:

  Material: Solid Sitka spruce
  Bracing: Scallop X
  Finish: Gloss
  Binding: Ivory plastic

Back/sides:

  Material: 2016–2018: Mahogany
                2019–2020: Okoume
  Finish: Gloss

Soundhole shape:
Round
Soundhole rosette:
Abalone & maple
Neck
Neck profile:
AE
Neck material:
2016–2018: 1-piece mahogany
2019–2020: 1-piece nyatoh
Neck finish:
Satin
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard:
2016–2017: Rosewood
2018: Ovangkol
2019–2020: Katalox
Inlays:
Wooden vine design
Frets:
20
Nut:
Bone (44mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Components
Pickup:
T-bar undersaddle
Preamp:
Ibanez AHA-1
Output jack(s):
1/4" endpin
Battery:
2032 3V lithium coin (2)
Bridge:
2016–2017: Rosewood
2018: Ovangkol
2019–2020: Katalox
Bridge pins:
Ibanez Advantage
Saddle:
4mm bone/ compensated
Hardware color:
Chrome
Pickguard:
Red tortoise
Strings (factory):
.012/.016/.024/.032/.042/.053 (D'Addario EXP16)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2016 AE205 NT 1X 01
Natural High Gloss
2017 AE205 TRG 1X 01
Transparent Radiant(?) Green
Ibanez AHA-1 preamp
AHA pre-amp/ output jack

Sources

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