Ibanez AE255BT Baritone Acoustic Electric Guitar

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The AE255BT features baritone scale which provides a deep low tone and a long sustain. The combination of solid Sitka Sprucetop and Ovangkol generates a dynamic frequency range from deep lows to sparkling highs. It enhances the versatility of AE to match any playing styles, from aggressive strumming to fingerpicking. The slim comfort neck grip shape (in satin finish) also allows for the maximum amount playability across various types of playing styles. The fretboard inlay has a delicate but dynamic design, and the wooden inlays give a sophisticated feel to the guitar.

The compact, onboard active preamp simply features a mute switch to eliminate unexpected parameter changes during performances. This helps reduce the guitar’s size and weight, minimize body contact, and maximize the acoustic tone. The newly designed under-the-saddle pickup equalizes the volume of each string and delivers a well-balanced signal. The natural acoustic tone from this active circuit is remarkably stable and resists noise. It will support performances on stage, from solos to ensembles.

What is the height of performance and tone? You will find the answer in AE models.

The height of performance and tone. The Ibanez AE series was designed based on this concept. These days, there are many different genres of acoustic guitar music and styles of playing. Acoustic players need instruments that can cover the broad spectrum. Ibanez always keeps this in mind specifically from the players point of view in order to achieve the best-sounding and best-playing acoustic guitars possible for any kind of situation, whether recording in the studio or performing live. In 2016, the flagship AE900 was released after several rounds of R&D were conducted with professional artists and recording engineers. Their expert feedback and evaluations were integrated into the final product that took nearly 3 years to complete. By utilizing the knowledge and feedback gained from designing and crafting the AE900, Ibanez now expands the AE series.

The AE body shape features contemporary design elements to achieve high playability and create a well-balanced sound that adheres to the concept of the AE series. The combination of the specially designed Scalloped X Bracing and Tone Projection Back Bracing produces a versatile sound character. A rich sustain is provided, which works for both finger and plectrum playing.

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Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  215-638-8670 Warranty:  Electric Guitars & Basses: 1 Year.
Acoustic Guitars: Limited Lifetime (1 year on electronics & tuners).
Amplifiers: 5 Years (1 year on speakers)
Pedals: 5 Years

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Ibanez AE255BT Baritone Acoustic Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: AE
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Ovangkol
  • Bracing: Scalloped X Bracing / Tone Projection Back Bracing
  • Neck: Mahogany (Satin Finish)
  • Fretboard: Cultured Maple 
  • Bridge: Cultured Maple
  • Rosette: Abalone/Maple
  • Inlay: Specially Designed Wooden Inlay
  • Tuners: Chrome Die-Cast (18:1 Gear Ratio)
  • Nut: Bone
  • Saddle: Compensated 4mm Bone
  • Bridge Pins: Ibanez Advantage
  • Pickup: Ibanez T-Bar Undersaddle
  • Electronics: Ibanez Custom Electronics
  • Output Jack: 1/4”

Customer Reviews

Review: Mike b Submitted: 4/23/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Perfect for breathing new life
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Love this guitar. It brings a whole new dimension to my playing. I can finally sing in the perfect register. I cant empathize the sound quality of this thing plugged in. Great for leads as well as rythm. If you get the chance i recommend this axe for people who want to expand they're horizons. Definitely a keeper.

Review: Ben Submitted: 12/3/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Exceptional

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I was after a baritone acoustic guitar that I could strum and play like a standard acoustic, and allow me to sing in lower keys while playing songs with my normal chord patterns/progressions. I demo'd this Ibanez AE255BT against the better-known and highly-regarded Alvarez ABT60, which is the only other baritone I could find with a similar list-price and spec. I spent an hour A/B'ing the two guitars, and they were surprisingly very different beasts. The Alvarez is much louder (presumably due to its jumbo body) compared to the Ibanez, which has a grand auditorium style body. The Alvarez also had more sustain, a scooped frequency range (pronounced bass and treble) and powerful (almost unwieldy) overtones. The Ibanez had a far more controlled tone, with strong fundamentals and a pronounced mid-range. For a normally-pitched acoustic, I'd usually prefer the tonal qualities of the Alvarez, but - for a baritone - I felt it sounded a mess when strumming open chords. The Ibanez, however, retains clarity in the lower registers and can be played open, just like a standard acoustic. The fundamental tone is more suitable for this type of guitar. I found the intonation of the Ibanez to be better than that of the Alvarez. The Ibanez stays perfectly in-tune up and down the whole fretboard, whereas the Alvarez struggles to keep intonation up the frets. This is a real testament to the build quality of the Ibanez. The Ibanez is also more comfortable to hold and play, with its slimmer body shape and slimmer neck For fingerstyle, both guitars sounded great. The Alvarez has a zingy tone, and you can really hear the metallic sound of the strings. The Ibanez, although quieter, has a beautiful deep tone; the low B-string sounds similar to a bass guitar, and the overall tone is very piano-like. Overall, I felt the Ibanez was the superior baritone acoustic guitar - and I chose this over the Alvarez. The Ibanez AE255BT is a very attractive instrument. The quality of the woods is great (solid Sitka spruce top and beautiful layered ovangkol back/sides - which looks very similar to Indian Rosewood). Appointments, such as the wood binding and vine fretboard inlay, surpass the expectations implied by the list price. Overall the fit and finish is impeccable; easily on par with acoustics far above its price-point. If you're looking for a baritone that plays and feels just like a standard acoustic guitar, I highly recommend the Ibanez AE255BT. It has a low, controlled and rich tone, great playability and offers exceptional value

Review: Phil Circle, philcirclemusic@gmail.com Submitted: 9/5/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Plays well, sounds beautiful, fun to explore.

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I gave this five stars, but want to get one flaw out of the way before I applaud too loudly. The wooden bridge pins are a poor idea. Shortly after I received the guitar and played one gig with it, I ordered strings from the company that endorses me. They make five different sets that are specifically designed for baritone guitars. While changing the strings (something I've done for 30+ years without troubles), two pins broke. I replaced them through my luthier, who explained that it's a common move for manufacturers to use wood scraps for pins. Change that and this will guitar will be perfect. I absolutely love the tone and look forward to the aging process improving it further. The action is spectacular. It sounds great plugged into my line array system. And, I'm having a blast exploring the possibilities that a baritone opens up, especially when I start messing with different tunings. It's truly like having a different instrument. This is not just another guitar.

Review: Andy Smith Submitted: 8/18/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Well worth the money

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The guitar plays real nice got a beautiful finish stays tuned and then I will go buy some more of them

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