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bendeg's review

By bendeg, 19/05/2010
Chinese manufacturing.
Rosewood handle

Mine does not exactly match the one we see on the site Ibanez (I can not find the MODEL with the same electronics, for example, there is no XLR)


The neck is normal, no surprise that level.
I never play in the very needle: when I play the guitar, I play the rhythm, no solo.

I put a .09 for shooting easier: very bad idea, the sound loses normment wealth. Put a drawing 0.10 minimum (as in shop)!

Action a little too high I got, to count down by one person (bridge saddle and curvature of the handle)


Surprising for an electro-acoustic guitar, has nice ring to it, nothing more. I've seen better but I've also seen much worse!

As for all the electro-acoustic feedback is to train an amp.

Tests with a Trace Elliot GP12 Series 6 1210 (200W bass amp): not bad!


I use it since I bought: 2005.

Good qualitprix. I am not at all.

Audiofanzine FR's review

By Audiofanzine FR, 04/11/2008
(Originally written by Egli/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

Chinese guitar with 20 frets, tuner (very convenient) and battery-operated SRT preamp, Ibanez pickup by B band Squeal repeal, and Smooth Tuner AS gold machine heads.
Ivorex II nut, neck and bridge, Advantage bridge pins.
Flamed sycamore back and sides, massive spruce top.
Volume and tone controls plus bass, mid and high.
Set neck with wood inlays, mahogany fingerboard, very nice abalone rosette.
The guitar has a wonderful finish.


Comfortable neck and It'll surely get better with time (I've only had the guitar for one and a half months).
The cutaway allows an easy access to the upper frets.

The guitar is huge so it might be somewhat uncomfortable for short people (but not for me, I'm very tall).
Standard weight for an acoustic.
Great sound! Really good.
The state-of-the-art Ibanez production center offers excellent-quality instruments for an almost unbeatable price.
Good sound!


I play it mainly unplugged for accompaniment and it sounds great.
I purchased an acoustic Ibanez Troubadour 35 combo amp.
Right now I don't use it that often because I play in a small room at home.
Excellent high-end and good sustain, I'm very satisfied... I also tried a low-price, nice-sounding Olympia but I don't really need anything else...
It stays in tune.


Best of all are its looks! Really nice... The jumbo size is sometimes bothersome when I sit on a small stool (I know, you'll say "sit somewhere else" and you are probably right!). I tried an AEL 20 too (very good), an Olympia OD 10 SCE (excellent) and several Fender models (not my taste).

Quite unbeatable value for money for a superb guitar with an awesome sound.
I would buy it again for the same price.
Ibanez hollowbodies are also interesting because they have a good manufacturing quality as well (Art core Series).

jojolafrite2's review

By jojolafrite2, 03/06/2008
Guitar built in China,
20 boxes. natural wood. Plastic nut. Between Jack and XLR. Bass / midrange / treble / volume / Phase /
2 AA batteries.
Warning Preamp possesses a weak signal in Jack or XLR.


I think the neck is slightly wider. There is good access to acute. But I must tell you the truth, I do not understand the prior reviews. J bought this guitar and after two weeks it seems that the table is moved. J did a U-shaped table The strings are closer to the handle in the treble and bass from the center of the guitar. my guitar has changed, and now it is super difficult to play, I can not even finish a song so much my fingers hurt. I focus only on the pressure. and I can not use my ring finger to change the notes to treble.
j yet only have a draft of 0.08.


This guitar has great harmonics c is why I bought the. Nevertheless, the preamp does not value what its crystalline.
Through the preamp the bass is distorted sometimes. and c is a trick to retrieve each record al. C is annoying on some tracks, because all of a sudden, the bass come out and take everything.


Very surprised compared to other opinions. Finish of this guitar is limited. A tap on the box is you have a brand. Plastic is also very fragile. For example, look what you have in Takamine or Washburn for the same price you'll be amazed. As explained j moves the table when changing the strings. So if you put a hard pull, bye bye. So you have a good chance to take her to the luthier in the two weeks after the purchase to adjust the height of strings to adjust the sleeve. I think c is a bad investment because the guitar watching bad. So if you add 120 euros you can have a guitar that will not move in time (style Takamine, Cort)

MagicFredo's review

By MagicFredo, 16/09/2006
Ibanez AEL-40SE RLV


Trs enjoyable.


Trs rich.


APRS much research, my choice is stopped on this guitar.

I possde a classic and one electric. The classic has allowed me to beginners. I had envis progress. But to do so I was looking for a guitar with a sound gnreux, without being necessarily connected.

So I'm buying this guitar I like the sound, for Aesthetics, or the finish. In addition the report quality price trrible. I never leave this guitar and my progress is constant.

A real little jewel.
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Ibanez AEL40SE tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Ibanez
  • Model:AEL40SE
  • Series:AEL
  • Category:Acoustic-electric Folk/Western guitars
  • Added in our database on: 06/30/2006

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