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The PCBE12MH 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 PCBE12MH features a grand concert body with a laminated mahogany 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 AEQ-SP2 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 and the mahogany neck was replaced with maple. For 2018 the top, back and sides were replaced with sapele and the rosewood fretboard was replaced with treated New Zealand pine or nandu wood (depending on market). For 2019, the nandu wood fretboard was used in all markets. For 2020 the body material was change to okoume and the fretboard and bridge were changed to laurel.

The PCBE12 is a similar model with a spruce top.

Specifications

Specifications for PCBE12MH
Years: 2014–2020
Areas: Asia & Africa / China 2014–2019 / Europe / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: Indonesia (2014, 2020) / China
Finishes: Open Pore Natural (OPN)
Body
Body type:
Acoustic
Body shape:
Grand concert
Dimensions:
  Length: 489mm/ 19¼"
  Width: 387mm/ 15¼"
  Depth: 108mm/ 4¼"
Top:

  Material: 2014–2017: Mahogany
                2018–2019: Sapele (laminated)
                2020 Okoume (laminated)
  Bracing: X
  Finish: Open pore

Back/sides:

  Material: 2014–2017: Mahogany
                2018–2019: Sapele
                2020 Okoume
  Finish: Open pore

Soundhole shape:
Round
Soundhole rosette:
2014: Abalone
2015–2020: Tortoiseshell
Neck
Neck profile:
PCBE
Neck material:
2014: 1-piece mahogany
2015–2019: 1-piece maple
Scale length:
812mm / 32"
Fingerboard:
2014–2017: Rosewood
2018: Treated New Zealand pine or nandu wood
2019: Nandu wood
2020: Laurelw/ Ivory binding
Inlays:
Small white dot
Frets:
20 / medium
Nut:
Plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Components
Pickup:
Ibanez Under Saddle
Preamp:
Ibanez AEQ-SP2 w/ on-board tuner
Output jack(s):
¼" stereo end pin
Battery:
9V
Bridge:
2014–2017: Rosewood
2018: Treated New Zealand pine or nandu wood
2019: Nandu wood
2020: Laurel (19mm string spacing)
Bridge pins:
Plastic (black w/ white dot)
Saddle:
Plastic compensated
Hardware color:
Chrome
Pickguard:
Red tortoise
Strings (factory):
2014–2016: D'Addario EXP
2017–2019: .040/.060/.075/.095 (Ibanez IABS4XC32 Carbon X-Coated)
Factory tuning:
1G,2D,3A,4E

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Additional details
AEQ-SP2 preamp
AEQ-SP2 preamp
AEQ-SP2 preamp diagram
AEQ-SP2 preamp controls

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