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The AEB8E is an AEB series acoustic/ electric bass model introduced by Ibanez for 2005. It is produced in China.

The AEB8E 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 mahogany back and sides. The round soundhole has an abalone 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 SPT Shape Shifter preamp with onboard tuner powered by a 9V battery and with balanced XLR and ¼" stereo outputs.

For 2013 the agathis top was changed to spruce and the Ivorex II nut and saddle were replaced with plastic. For 2016 the AEQ-2T preamp was introduced and the XLR output removed. For 2018 the back and sides were changed to sapele, the neck was changed to maple and 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 AEB10E is a related model with different electronics and some other changes.

Specifications

Specifications for AEB8E
Years: 2005–2020
Sold in: Asia & South America / China / Europe / North America
Made in: China
Finishes: Black High Gloss (BK)
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: 2005–2012: Agathis (laminated)
                2013–2020: Spruce (laminated)
  Finish: Gloss
  Binding: Black & white multi

Back/sides:

  Material: 2005–2017: Agathis
                2018–2020: Sapele
  Finish: Gloss

Soundhole shape:
Round
Soundhole rosette:
Abalone
Neck
Neck profile:
AEB
Neck material:
2005–2017: 1-piece mahogany
2018: 1-piece maple
2019–2020: 1-piece okoume
Scale length:
812mm / 32"
Fingerboard:
2005–2017: Rosewood w/ binding
2018: Treated New Zealand pine w/ binding
2019–2020: Purpleheart w/ binding
Inlays:
White dot
Frets:
22
Nut:
2005–2012: Ivorex II
2013–2019: Plastic (43.5mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Components
Pickup:
Ibanez Undersaddle
Preamp:
2005–2015: Ibanez SPT Shape Shifter w/ onboard tuner
2016–2020: Ibanez AEQ-2T w/ onboard tuner
Output jack(s):
2005–2015: Balanced XLR and ¼" stereo
2016–2020: ¼" stereo
Battery:
9V
Bridge:
2005–2017: Rosewood
2018: Treated New Zealand pine
2019–2020: Purpleheart (19mm string spacing)
Bridge pins:
Plastic (black w/ white dot)
Saddle:
2005–2012: Ivorex II compensated
2013–2020: Plastic compensated
Hardware color:
Chrome
Strings (factory):
2005–2016: D'Addario EXP
2017–2020: .040/.060/.075/.095 (Ibanez IABS4XC32 Carbon X-Coated)
Factory tuning:
1G,2D,3A,4E

Images

Additional details
SPT preamp
SPT Shape Shifter preamp diagram
Ibanez AEQ-2T diagram
AEQ-2T preamp
XLR quarter-inch output
XLR & ¼" balanced output

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