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The AEB5E is an AEB series acoustic/ electric bass model introduced by Ibanez in mid 2009. It was produced in China.

The AEB5E features a jumbo body (which is shared with the AEL series guitars) with a soft Florentine cutaway. The top is laminated spruce with black binding on agathis back and sides. The round soundhole has a black and white acrylic rosette. It has a mahogany neck with a 32" scale, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with white dot position markers. Components include a compensated Ivorex II saddle in a rosewood bridge with black plastic bridge pins, an Ivorex II nut, and chrome Ibanez die-cast tuning machines. Electronics consist of an Ibanez under saddle pickup connected to an Ibanez AEQ202T preamp with onboard tuner powered by a 9V battery and a ¼" stereo output jack.

For 2013 the Ivorex II nut and saddle were replaced with plastic. The AEQ-2T preamp was introduced in 2015. For 2018 the fretboard and bridge were changed to treated New Zealand pine. For 2019 the neck was changed to okoume and the fretboard and bridge became purpleheart.

The AEB8E is a related model with sapele back and sides which is offered in other markets.

The AEB5E was discontinued after 2019.

Specifications

Specifications for AEB5E
Years: 2009–2019
Sold in: USA
Made in: China
Finishes: Black High Gloss (BK) / Light Violin Sunburst (LVS) 2011–2012 / Natural High Gloss (NT) 2009–2013
Body
Body type:
Acoustic
Body shape:
AEB jumbo body w/ soft Florentine cutaway
Dimensions:
  Length: 508mm/ 20"
  Width: 406mm/ 16"
  Depth: 127mm/ 5"
Top:

  Material: Spruce (laminated)
  Finish: Gloss
  Binding: Black & white multi

Back/sides:

  Material: Agathis
  Finish: Gloss

Soundhole shape:
Round
Soundhole rosette:
Black & white multi
Neck
Neck profile:
AEB
Neck material:
2009–2018: 1-piece mahogany
2019: 1-piece okoume
Scale length:
812mm / 32"
Fingerboard:
2009–2017: Rosewood w/ binding
2018: Treated New Zealand pine w/ binding
2019: Purpleheart w/ binding
Inlays:
White dot
Frets:
22
Nut:
2009–2012: Ivorex II
2013–2019: Plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Components
Pickup:
Ibanez Undersaddle
Preamp:
2009–2015: Ibanez AEQ-202T w/ onboard tuner
2015–2019: Ibanez AEQ-2T w/ onboard tuner
Output jack(s):
¼" stereo
Battery:
9V
Bridge:
2009–2017: Rosewood
2018: Treated New Zealand pine
2019: Purpleheart (19mm string spacing)
Bridge pins:
Plastic (black w/ white dot)
Saddle:
2009–2012: Ivorex II compensated
2013–2019: Plastic compensated
Hardware color:
Chrome
Strings (factory):
2005–2016: D'Addario EXP
2017–2019: .040/.060/.075/.095 (Ibanez IABS4XC32 Carbon X-Coated)
Factory tuning:
1G,2D,3A,4E

Images

Additional finishes/ details
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Natural
Light Violin Sunburst
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AEQ-202T preamp
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AEQ-2T preamp
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