Ibanez AE2912 Review & Prices

Ibanez AE2912 Review
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  • From Ibanez's 2020 AE series
  • Made in China
  • 12 strings
  • 25.6"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Okoume top
  • Okoume back
  • Okoume sides
  • Nyatoh neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Ibanez AP11 Magnetic (Preamp/Active)
  • Pau Ferro scalloped bridge
  • Acoustic Comfort Grip Set neck
  • 20 Jumbo frets
  • Ibanez tuners
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 77
Sound 86
Build quality 70
Value for money 83
Overall Score 78
Tone Evaluation
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez AE2912
  • Bone Nut
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Price Overview

Its average competitor's price is $600, which means that the Ibanez AE2912 is within the average price asked for this kind of guitar. This takes into account all instruments of the same category in our database with 12 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in China.

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Is it Easy to Play?

The Ibanez AE2912 meets 4 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's not bad for beginners, but it could be better. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

New Player Friendliness

Ibanez AE2912
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale
  • Soft Strings
  • Locking tuners

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Ibanez AE2912's construction is balanced for most hand sizes.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Ibanez AE2912's 25.6" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Ibanez AE2912 Scale Length Comparison
Ibanez AE2912's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

It's very similar to a typical long 25.5" guitar scale, but with an extra inch probably to compensate the saddle position in acoustic guitars. It should be pretty much the same as a 25.5" scale guitar.

It will allow you to strum hard without hearing so much fret buzz, even with lower tunings.

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Neck Profile

Ibanez AE2912 Neck Profile
Ibanez AE2912's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Ibanez AE2912's neck thickness is approximately 0.787'' (20mm) at the first fret, and 0.827'' (21mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Ibanez website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Ibanez AE2912 has a 15.748" fingerboard radius.

Here's an image comparing this fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Ibanez AE2912 Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Ibanez AE2912's fretboard radius compared to others

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Ibanez AE2912 has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

Ibanez AE2912
This model
25.6'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.89'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
25.3'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.77'' Nut Width
11.81'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Ibanez AE2912 Nut Width
Ibanez AE2912 Nut Width

The Ibanez AE2912 has a nut width of 48mm (1.89''). This is considered a wide width for a 12-string guitar. It gives your fingers the extra space you need to play without muting accidentally, but this also makes bar chords harder to perform, especially if you have small hands.

Frets

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Ibanez AE2912 Fret Size Comparison
Ibanez AE2912's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Ibanez AE2912's frets are Jumbo size. This is a tall fret size that is becoming increasingly popular because it makes it easier to press down the strings cleanly. With this fret size, you won't feel the fretboard when playing, so if you press down too hard, you will get the notes out of pitch. However, this is something you can overcome by getting used to the taller size.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 55
Solo Playability 90
Playability 77

Tone Analysis

The type of wood and even the shape of the body will have a lot of influence in the final tone of an acoustic guitar. Here's we'll talk about what kind of tone you can expect from its specs.

Wood

Okoume wood pattern used for guitar building
Okoume Top, Back, Sides
Nyatoh wood pattern used for guitar building
Nyatoh Neck
Pau Ferro wood pattern used for guitar building
Pau Ferro Fretboard

Okoume Top, Back and Sides: It's an affordable wood and it was one of the first to replace Mahogany when prohibitions started. It's generally softer than Mahogany and the tone has warmer lows.

Nyatoh Neck: It's a wood type found mainly in Indonesia. It's fairly hard and durable and is becoming popular for building guitars because it isn't expensive.

Pau Ferro Fretboard: It's a beautiful wood used mainly for fretboards. It has a high density and looks very similar to Rosewood with its straight grains and dark brown color. According to Fender, it has a warm tone with a fast attack.

Pickups

This guitar comes with preamp pickups that will allow you to connect it directly to an amplifier and record with it, or use it live.

Sound Score

Sustain 90
Versatility 85
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 86

Build Quality Analysis

Country of Origin

Knowing where the instrument is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive instruments are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Ibanez AE2912 is made in China. So you can expect lower build quality when compared to others made in Korea, Japan or the United States. Guitars made in this country are meant for mass production, which translates into less attention to detail and quality control. This doesn't mean the product is made poorly at all. Chinese products have a bad reputation since long ago, but they've definitely improved a lot the last few years.

Still, remember that we're taking about Ibanez here, which is a brand with good renown. They know how to use cheap labor in this country without sacrificing too much quality. So you shouldn't end up receiving a useless or ugly instrument.

Bridge

Pau Ferro scalloped: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure it stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Ibanez AE2912 has a Bone nut. This material is one of the highest quality you can get. It provides excellent sustain and tune stability if cut well. The only disadvantage is that it's an organic material, so it's not consistent. Two different bone nuts, even if made from the same bone, will probably sound slightly different. However, bear in mind that this is only relevant when playing open strings.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 76
Features 75
Quality Control 60
Build Quality 70

All Specs

Ibanez AE2912
General
Brand: Ibanez
Year: 2020
Configuration:
Strings: 12
Made in: China
Series: AE
Colors:
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Solid Okoume
Bridge: Pau Ferro scalloped
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Ibanez
Fretboard: Pau Ferro
Neck Material: Nyatoh
Decoration: Specially designed Wooden Vine inlay
Scale Size: 25.6"
Shape: Acoustic Comfort Grip
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.787'' (20mm) - 12th Fret: 0.827'' (21mm)
Frets: 20 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 15.748"
Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 48mm (1.89'')
Electronics
Switch: 0 Way
Knobs:
Volume Controls: 0
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: Ibanez AP11 Magnetic (Preamp / Active)

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