NBD - Ibanez PCBE12 "Open Pore" ABG

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gorn Captain, Feb 27, 2014.


  1. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    Yet another unintentional Sam Ash purchase. I saw it in the acoustic room and tried it out. For not too much money, it's an excellent acoustic bass. 32" scale. No super glossy (sticky) finish like the AEB5E or AEB10E that a ton of people have. Nice low action. Sounds great amplified. My elderly downstairs neighbors live in FL for most of the year and come back to NY for the warmer months, so when they're here, an acoustic will come in handy. Anyone know the deal with this open pore business? Is it a good thing? Anyways....it plays and sounds great.
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  2. Martin89

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    That looks great, looks like a similar finish to a lot of Taylor guitars the guys I play with have. Do you know how it sounds compared to the AEB10? I have one in the deep violin sunburst(beautiful) but the gloss on it is weird, wish they would've gone with a flat finish.
  3. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    I had an AEB5E, and it sounds a lot better. The preamp is more responsive and....I don't know, it just sounds more civilized. The whole thing seems more well built. My AEB5E always felt cheap. This doesn't.
  4. DogBone

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    Nice, love it, and appreciate all the pics! :)

    Not much experience on Ibanez ABGs myself, but I have lots of love and respect for Ibby acoustics non the less. My youngest son's favorite guitar in the world is his Ibanez V200S and I have to say it's a great sounding and recording instrument and continues to serve him well.
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  6. Martin89

    Martin89

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    Can you post a pic of the preamp? I like the one on my 10 a lot which has been a deciding factor on keeping it compared to the others I've seen and played. The 10 is very high quality and I make due with the gloss lol.
  7. 202dy

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    Open pour means that they did not fill the grain. Mahogany is an open grain wood. To get a smooth finish, the grain must be filled with grain filler. There are various blends, many contain silica and clays. The filler is applied with the grain and wiped off against the grain after the solvent flashes off. Sometimes this process is done twice. Then it is final sanded, sealed, and finished glass smooth. As you can see, it is labor intensive and certainly will increase the price of the instrument.

    So what does "open pour" really mean? It means "cheap finish."
  8. Martin89

    Martin89

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    Sounds like it will relic naturally/quickly on it's own then lol.
  9. Gorn Captain

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    As far as I can remember it's the same as on my old five. I think the 10 has a better one, but I have no complaints.

    I plan on putting a set of the new labella copper white tapewounds on it. It seems to me they'll be the ultimate acosutic bass strings.

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  10. Martin89

    Martin89

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    Oh I've seen one like that on my friends AE starter kit from ibanez. It was really decent actually. I use D'addario EXP Reds. They're copper and have a nice acoustic tone unplugged and you can eq a really bassy or mild upright mimic through amp/di. Exps have a light coating with great life and the reds are cheaper than the coated phosphor bronze sets from any manufacturer by $10+.
  11. Splods

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    Lovely bass. I have a Ibanez EWB 5 string. It is quieter than a lot of other AB's, but has a beautiful tone to it.
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Beautiful bass congrats and I think we are buying too many basses I have two more NBD's coming.

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