The PCBE12 is a Performance series acoustic/ electric bass model introduced by Ibanez for 2014. It was initially made in Indonesia, but production was moved to China for 2015. Production returned to Indonesia for 2020.
The PCBE12 features a grand concert body with a laminated spruce top on mahogany back and sides. The round soundhole has an abalone rosette. The mahogany neck has a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with small white dot position markers. Components include a compensated plastic saddle in a rosewood bridge with black plastic bridge pins, a plastic nut, and chrome Ibanez tuning machines. Electronics consist of an Ibanez under saddle pickup connected to an AEQ202T preamp with on-board tuner powered by a 9V battery and a 1/4" stereo end-pin output jack.
For 2015 the abalone rosette was replaced with tortoiseshell, the mahogany neck was replaced with maple and the preamp was replaced with the AEQ-2T. For 2018 the top, back and sides were replaced with sapele and the rosewood fretboard was replaced with treated New Zealand pine. For 2019, the fretboard was changed to nandu wood. For 2020 the back and sides were again changed, this time to okoume and the fretboard and bridge were changed to laurel.
The PCBE12MH is a similar model with a mahogany or sapele top.
Specifications for PCBE12
Areas: Asia & Africa 2015–2020 / China 2015–2019 / Europe 2015–2020 / North & South America and Oceania 2019–2020 / USA 2014, 2020