The Ibanez AEG10E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar is designed to bring a well-rounded, vibrant sound to a cozy, unplugged coffeehouse or to a larger, plugged-in venue, with steamlined style. It has a twist to the classic, dreadnought body shape, in that it is slim. The slender profile still provides the ease of access to the fretboard, for which the single-cutaway, body style is known, but with less of the usual bulk. While this does have the set up of a beginner level guitar, it does not skimp on the style, and is made with performance in mind. Its finish comes in a choice of a glossy black, a transparent blue sunburst, or a vintage sunburst. So, it definitely brings a bit of flashiness to the table.
The Ibanez AEG10E Features
- Laminated Spruce top
- Laminated Mahogany back, sides and neck
- Rosewood bridge and fretboard
- Abalone rosette
- Fishman® Sonicore pickup
- Ibanez SST preamp
- Ibanez Ivorex II nut and saddle
- Ibanez Advantage bridge pins
- Ibanez strap button
- Chrome Ibanez Smooth Tuner AS
- Die-cast chrome tuners
- Balanced XLR and 1/4”outputs
The Fishman Sonicore pickup and the Ibanez Shape Shifter preamp with onboard tuner work together to help the Ibanez AEG10E bring the electrified tunes, for those times when only the sound of a plugged-in acoustic will do. This system makes it easy to mold and contour the amplified sound, because of its 3-band equalizer and tone shaper. This guitar has a 1/4” output jack, but it also comes equipped with an XLR jack in order to faciliate being connected straight into a PA system. This system’s use of AA batteries makes it easy to keep it ready for those plug and play sessions.
The reviews of the Ibanez AEG10E Acoustic-Electric guitar are mostly positive, though as with most products, there are some downsides and a negative experience or two in the mix.
The User Upsides of the Ibanez AEG10E:
- The price of this guitar reeled in quite a number of buyers. It can be found, new, from $200-$420. That is generally the price range for a “beginner” guitar.
- It seems have strong visual appeal in person. Any of the finish options, vintage sunburst, transparent blue sunburst, and black gloss, have turned heads and wowed the owners as soon as they laid eyes on the instrument. Some things do not look as grand in person as they do in the pictures, but the Ibanez AEG10E is not one of them. This guitar has the look of a much more expensive guitar. So as far as the look of this guitar goes, it does look good in front of an audience. The abalone rosettes, cream binding, and dotted pearl markers all further enhance the look of this instrument.
- Overall, the sound has been well rated. This is an area of subjectivity so the bag is a little mixed about which way the sound is best, but it does seem that almost everyone says that plugging in this guitar opens up a whole range of sound. It has been described almost as a different guitar when it is amplified. Almost everyone has been rather satisfied with the EQ and the tone shaper on this instrument. It would seem that this has helped to unleash the creativity of those who enjoy playing this guitar. There have also been rave reviews for the tuner, which at least one owner says that it seems to be able to tune most anything. For the occasions when it is unwanted, the feedback can be blocked out with the phase button. It also seems to have a wide enough range of sound to be able to suit almost any playing style or genre common to the acoustic guitar.
- Most those who own the Ibanez AEG10E did not have to run right out and have it set up. They have enjoyed the more narrow neck and low action. Not feeling the immediate need to have a guitar set up or change the strings, is not a common occurrence. That definitely says something for this instrument.
- More people than not have felt that this guitar will or has held up well over the years. There are reports of minor dings or chips from wear, but that this guitar is durable enough for gigs. At least one owner has used this instrument for over two years, and has not had to have it repaired at all. With some of the purchases of this guitar, hardware replacement comes free.
The User Downsides of the Ibanez AEG10E:
- There are users who feel that it must be plugged in, since its more narrow body does not produce as full a sound as a traditional dreadnought. At least one user, did not mind this and prefered it. It has a more intimate sound according to that review. Some have spoken of slightly tinny sound, if it is strummed to vigorously. At least one user felt that it sounded like a toy all the way around.
- At least one user’s guitar came with a broken pre amp, so that experience has involved a lot of repair.
- A few owners have commented that adjusting the action would probably remove the buzz that they have heard on a couple of strings.
- It does not come with any of the accessories, such as a strap, cord, case or picks, but this is often the case with such guitars, in this price range.
So all in all, the Ibanez AEG10E Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar seems to perform as it was designed. Depending on the level of personal care that is taken with this guitar, it seems to hold up well for a number of years. It comes across as a great guitar for a beginner who wants to be able to gig with this guitar into the intermmediate stage of playing. Since more than one reviewer would buy it again, if need be, the Ibanez AEG10E may be a pretty great buy.