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The AE900 is an AE series acoustic/electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2016. The AE900 is the flagship acoustic guitar in the Ibanez lineup. Along with the AE800, it was the first Ibanez acoustic guitar to be made in Japan for at least 20 years.

The AE900 features a Venetian cutaway body shape with a solid Sitka spruce top with scalloped cross-bracing and solid Indian rosewood back (with Tone Projection cross bracing) and sides with a gloss finish. The soundhole is round with an abalone and maple rosette. It has a satin-finished mahogany neck with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with special maple position markers. Components include a compensated bone saddle in a rosewood bridge with ebony pins with abalone dots, a bone nut, a tortoise pickguard and chrome Gotoh tuning machines.

Electronics consist of a T-bar undersaddle pickup connected to a ¼" endpin output with the only onboard control being a mute button. The included AGPD10 preamp unit is external to the guitar.

The tonewood for the AE900 is prepared with a specially developed far infrared low temperature drying process. Compared to a typical drying furnace, this process stresses the wood less preserving more of the wood's resin and maintaining the natural timbre.[1]

For 2018 the neck wood species was clarified as African mahogany.

The AE800 is a similar model with a mahogany back and sides and different fretboard inlays. The AE500 is a somewhat similar model which is produced in China.

The AE900 was discontinued after 2019.

Specifications

Specifications for AE900
Name: AE900
Years: 2016–2019
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finishes: Natural High Gloss (NT)
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: Rosewood

Back/sides:

  Material: Solid Indian rosewood
  Strip inlay: Rosewood multi
  Finish: Gloss

Soundhole shape:
Round
Soundhole rosette:
Abalone & maple
Neck
Neck profile:
Advanced Comfort
Neck material:
2016–2017: 1-piece mahogany
2018–2019: 1-piece African mahogany
Neck finish:
Satin
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard:
Rosewood
Inlays:
Maple (specially designed)
Frets:
20
Nut:
Bone
Machine heads:
Gotoh SGS510Z (non-locking)
Electronics/ Components
Pickup:
T-bar undersaddle
Preamp:
AGP10 (external)
Output jack(s):
¼" endpin
Battery:
2032 3V lithium coin (2)
Bridge:
Rosewood
Bridge pins:
Ebony w/abalone dot
Saddle:
4mm bone compensated
Hardware color:
Chrome
Pickguard:
Tortoise
Strings (factory):
.012/.016/.024/.032/.042/.053 (D'Addario EXP16)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional details
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Rear of body
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Rear of headstock

Videos

Ibanez AE series


Marcin : plays Kashmir with Ibanez AE900-NT


Cim Frode - Tides - Ibanez Acoustic AE900


Ibanez Acoustic AE900 demo by Petteri Sariola


Sources

  1. Ibanez AE series, Ibanez Japan website, archived from the original January 2018
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