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Ibanez AEL20E Acoustic-Electric Guitar Review

Submitted by on February 21, 2010 – 5:15 am25 Comments

Here is my review of the Ibanez AEL20E Acoustic-Electric Guitar. This Guitar is great for the Musician who needs to have the built-in mic on an Acoustic, and with its built-in tuner it is great for a beginner who needs to tune up with ease.


  • dougparadis says:

    ive had the same model but blue for almost ten years now and love it! dont have any dings as bad as that tho, ouch!

  • alove2luvu says:

    I have a quick question about the tuner. I have basically the same guitar in blue. the tuner on it has stopped working. is there battery for this or how do i go about fixing it. i’m more of a hobbiest player so im to up the technical side of guitars. any help with this would be appreciated.

  • TheCrazywill98 says:

    ive got the same guitar same color and its the best i recomend it to anyone.

  • UnconciousHippie says:

    is the neck on that guitar thin or thick?

  • KIXHF says:

    i have this exact guitar but mine is blue i recomend it to anyone

  • Killdozer6006 says:

    Depends, what kind of guitar do you have?

  • gamergirl45 says:

    Im getting a new guitar, and had my heart set on this one. I read some of these reviews, on here & im scared that the bridge will eventually come off of the guitar like “nkluenen” said. Is it worth the money. I have had a classical acoustic guitar since I was 9, and the bridge has not come off, nor has the nut. I have banged it against walls by accident and dropped it a couple of times. Is this guitar going to break down on me after a few years? Please help!!

  • MrChevyMetcalf says:

    it depends on a lot more than needing or wanting a new guitar. Think about style, technique etc. and mostly what is going to make you happy while you contunie to learn until you upgrade next. It gets more expensive every time. I just bought the newer, better version of this: the Ibz AEL40SE and love it in every way. But, that is for me… I suggest discussing the question with as many players and especially pros as you can and look, and PLAY, around with as many as possible. Do NOT rush into it!

  • stauney123 says:

    I’ve been playing for a year now and the guitar i have now costed about $100, so i really want a new, better guitar. Do you recommend this guitar?

  • TheMadMusicMan says:

    @shaunkemez199 A little under 5 bills with a real nice case and warrenty.

  • shaunkemez199 says:

    how much was that guitar

  • TheMadMusicMan says:

    Thanks for clearing that up, i always swap the two.

  • TheMadMusicMan says:

    I’ts not about looks. It’s about tone, feel and quality. I’ve only played on Laguna, it wasa budget Strat copy. It was really terible, but I don’t know what kinda products they make so I can’t say…

  • marcoabl123 says:

    I dont know if to buy this gutiar or a laguna LG300CE electroacoustic both look awesome any help?XD

  • boyroy5 says:

    nice review though

  • boyroy5 says:

    xlr not auxillary

  • TheMadMusicMan says:

    It’s up to you. The US dollar value is so low these days I’m not sure what the exchange rate is.

  • stijnxd says:

    I’m gonna buy a mystic red AEL20E TCS is that a good buy or not? It costs about 325euro’s.

  • nkluenen says:

    I’ve owned 2 of these guitars..the first I bought in 2003. By the fall of 2006, the guitar was unplayable because the bridge began pulling from the body..thinking I bought a lemon, I bought another AEL20E in 2006 Sure enough, this guitar is doing the EXACT same thing.

    If you want a “pretty” guitar and you don’t care about the quality of the wood, this is your guitar. I’ve finally learned my lesson and am going to say away from anything with a cheap laminate body.

  • TheMadMusicMan says:

    With DR Coated the tone stays very simular from Start to finish. I had on DR coated for about 3 months, the DR Zebras are simular too. I tihnk because of the smaller body with this guitar it doesn’t really make much difference when tunned down. Doesn’t have that heavier tone.

  • cjw4050 says:

    I have this guitar, but with the blue/black burst, It’s a good guitar, but it doesn’t really produce the tone i’d like. It sounded better when i switched the strings, but your saying your’s never loses tone? Every time i switch through half step and standard the tuning is horrible to deal with.
    I just bought a Takamine EG523sc and the difference is outstanding.

  • jimmyvandenaker says:

    what’s that song on 5:20 ?

  • TheMadMusicMan says:

    Read much? Lol. Just below we were discussing the action and setup. It has a medium width neck, feels like a 60s Telecaster neck almost. The action is relitavley low, but I did a setup on mine myself, and I ended up with lower action. It does not fret out or buzz at all with really low action. It has a pretty flat radius so low action is easy.

  • kc24jack says:

    is it low action?
    and is it big and thick??
    i’m a girl and i wanna play it for worship too. is it worth the money?

  • Alex9366 says:

    Alright, I’ll have to take a look, thanks for the reply.

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