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. For 2021 the body was enlarged slightly.
The AEB10E is a related model with different electronics and some other changes.
- 2005 Europe catalog (page 15)
- 2009 North America catalog (page 11)
- 2011 Europe catalog (page 19)
- 2014 Europe catalog (page 72)
- 2015 North America catalog (page 71)
- 2016 Asia catalog (page 86)
- 2017 North America catalog (page 72)
- 2018 Europe catalog (page 91)
- AEB8E product page 2019, Ibanez Europe, archived December 2019
- AEB8E product page 2020, Ibanez Europe, archived January 2020
- AEB8E product page 2021, Ibanez Asia & Africa, archived January 2021