The AEG8E is an AEG series acoustic/ electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2006. It was produced in China.
The AEG8E features a thinner grand concert shaped body with a soft Venetian cutaway. The top is laminated spruce with binding on agathis back and sides with a high gloss finish. The round soundhole has a black & white acrylic rosette. It has a satin-finish mahogany neck with a 25" scale, 21-fret rosewood fingerboard with small white dot position markers. Components include an Ivorex II saddle in a rosewood bridge, Ibanez Advantage bridge pins, an Ivorex II nut, and chrome Ibanez Smooth Tuner AS tuning machines. Electronics consist of an Ibanez under saddle pickup connected to an Ibanez SPT preamp with onboard tuner powered by a 9V battery and balanced XLR and ¼" stereo outputs.
For 2011 the agathis back & sides were replaced with mahogany. A major change was introduced in 2014 with new preamp, saddle, nut and tuners. For 2018 the back & sides were switched to sapele and the rosewood fretboard and bridge were replaced with treated New Zealand pine. For 2019 purpleheart was used for the fretboard and bridge and the mahogany neck was replaced with okoume.
The AEG8EMH is a similar model with a mahogany top. The AEG8TNE is a similar model with a slotted headstock and nylon strings.
The AEG8E was discontinued after 2019.
Specifications for AEG8E
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China / Europe / North & South America and Oceania
Made in: China
Finishes: Black High Gloss (BK) / Natural High Gloss (NT) / Natural Low Gloss (LG) 2016 / Transparent Blue Sunburst High Gloss (TBS) 2015–2019 / Transparent Red Sunburst High Gloss (TRS) 2008–2013, 2015–2019 / Vintage Sunburst High Gloss (VS) 2015–2017