NBD! Ibanez ABG

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ClassicJazz, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    So I have been casually looking for a acoustic bass guitar. I had purchased a Dean one that had beautiful Zebra Wood, but it sounded not that good and it was a big sucker which was hard to play for a long time! Most acoustic bass guitars have a big body, but since almost all the time you still need to plug it in when playing with other guitars I don't need one with a huge body. So today I tried a whole bunch from a Fender T-Bucket (which played like poo poo) to a Takamine which was marginal at best. Then at Sam Ash I came across this cheap-o close out Ibanez bass for $199. Holy Crap! This thing played amazing! Really nice low action and easy to play plus a killer tone......and the smaller body size to boot (close to the same size as an acoustic guitar). They call it the Grand Concert Body size, very close to the Fender T-Bucket. But $199! I snatched that puppy up fast...which was their last one! The actual model number is Ibanez PCBE12-OPN

  2. Chaser1


    Aug 24, 2010
    Nice looking acoustic bass!
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  3. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Thanks. Not fancy, nice clean look. The finish is called "Open Pore", so it has a very nice wood feel to it.
  4. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Well used the new Ibanez acoustic last night at a gig, must say it sounded great! Nice woody tone, probably due to the dead strings on it! Bronze strings sound awful when they are new. The smaller Grand Concert size was a pleasure to play!

    Last edited: Jan 24, 2015
  5. ColdEye

    ColdEye Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Any further thoughts on this? I need a new 4 string as mine is out of commission. How is the pre amp? Have you tried it with flats?
  6. gabrielvv7


    Mar 10, 2013
    I the an older model of this bass (string through bridge and no built in tuner). Since I got it, I replaced the bronze strings with tape wounds and have never looked back since then.
    The built is very sturdy and strong, the bridge isn't going anywhere any time soon (bridges detach on cheap basses) and the body has no signs of wood bending. After I adjusted the bridge height (sandpaper) and the neck, it has not moved at all, that has been over a year now. Now, I do always keep it in its hard case, and it helps a lot with regards to protection from humidity and other factors that cause wood warp.
  7. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Still have it and still like it! I don't use it much live anymore with the band (use a Carvin AC40 when we do acoustic stuff), mainly around the house or when I am working on new tunes. I take it to a gig once and a while. I still have the stock bronze round wound strings on it. They were pretty dead when I got the bass, but that said they sound great. Nice thumpy dark tone to them. So I don't see putting on any new string anytime soon. The preamp is pretty good on it, lots of output. It is just your basic Treble and Bass control. But I do like the built-in tuner. I also like the smaller body style of this bass, not a bear to play all night.
  8. ColdEye

    ColdEye Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Sounds promising. I just placed an order for one. It seems mine is darker colored based on the pictures. Just a quick questions, I have never had an acoustic bass, how are the strings held at the bridge? Can I only use light gauge strings on this? I have a set of medium light flats here and I am thinking if the tension is too much.
  9. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    These are great. I had the darker colored version. Far superior to the old $200 Ibanez acoustic that used to be everywhere. I just wish it was long scale rather than medium.
  10. Brian VT

    Brian VT

    Mar 8, 2017
    I was looking for a T-Bucket but, based on this post (and a few others), I hunted down the PCBE12. It's the mahogany "open pore" version.
    I never got to try the T-Bucket but I found this one an hour drive away and it seemed as nice as claimed here other than some buzz on the 1st and 2nd fret on the G string. I didn't even plug it into an amp. and I still bought it.
    There was no "tech" there. Just a clerk. I had to get him to call the owner, who was on vacation, to ask where the box was so I could have the truss rod wrench and extra saddle. I did get those.
    I got it home and plugged it in. Holy crap! This thing sounds fantastic!!! I can't believe it's a $249 bass.
    Well, there is that buzz to take care of. It's just the 1st and 2nd fret on the G string.
    The neck is pretty flat and loosening the truss rod didn't induce any bow.
    Then I put a straight edge on the frets and it seems the 1st and 2nd fret are a bit high torward the G string. The straight edge will rock a bit on them. I guess I'll have to find someone to file them.
    The intonation is pretty much dead nuts.
    I don't mind the flat neck (the action is nice and low and I don't pluck hard) but I'm trying to induce a bit of bow by tightening the strings for a while.
    Anyway. I didn't expect perfection from a $250 guitar. I really am amazed at the sound and playabilty and I don't think it will take much to get it perfect and have a real keeper here.
    Btw, what the heck are these black strings? I usually plan to trash stock strings. I play flats on my electrics and thought I'd probably try tapes on this but...I think I like these!
    Also, I'm gonna get an O-port for it. Can it get even better?

    Edit: Doh! I had said that loosening the truss rod din't give any bow.
    I'm a newb and didn't know about double-action. 1/4 turn past loose made it perfect. :) No more buzz.
    I guess those two frets that were buzzing could get filed down but it seems fine as-is.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2018