There is a definite difference in quality in the lines of Ibanez acoustic bass guitar as compared to other brands. Their 2 current lines are the AEB and the EWB models.
I’ve played acoustic guitars for years but never an acoustic bass guitar. The first time I picked one up I didn’t put it down again for about 4 hours. My fingers were so sore, but it was definitely worth it. An Ibanez acoustic bass guitar is basically an acoustic guitar with 4 strings (E, A, D, G) all tuned 1 octave lower than a 6 string guitar. They also come with a pickup mounted inside the body for resonance.
The AEB models all come with spruce tops, which produce a very warm tone. All the sub models of the AEB come with different variations of side and back wood but all come with mahogany necks with rosewood fretboards and bridges. Ibanez acoustic bass guitars are definitely built with style and the best quality of woods and hardware.
The other line of acoustic Ibanez bass guitar is the EWB. This is the model that I liked the best from Ibanez. It is a little larger than the AEB and was a much better fit for my hands and arm length. And the tone, wow is all I can say. This model is a little more pricey and it really shows. Equipped with an onboard preamp complete with a tuner, chorus, phaser and anti-feedback. The most exotic woods have been reserved for the EWB as well. Also, if you’re looking for a 5 string version of Ibanez acoustic bass guitar the EWB comes with one of those too. My personal favorite in this model was the EWB20SMFENT. It’s all maple body gives it a unique brightness not shared with many other acoustic basses.
I’ve really been expanding my playability lately and this is definitely an area I’ll be exploring further. Keep an open eye on the site for more reviews of other Ibanez guitars.