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The January NAMM show saw the debut of the most affordable Ibanez AE Series acoustic-electric ever, the AEG10BK. "With features like a Fishman Sonicore pickup, an Ibanez Shape-Shifter EQ, all at only $419.99, its no surprise that the AEG10 is one of the best selling acoustic-electric guitars ever," commented," reads a flier from the Ibanez USA Acoustic Guitar Division.
"For the Summer Nashville Show, were adding an AEG10 in Transparent Red Sunburst. In either finish, the AEG10 is a beautiful guitar that delivers up great acoustic tones with a minimum of dial tweaking in even the most challenging live venue."
The AEG10TRS uses a Sonicore Pickup from Fishman, made using a copolymer material in a special braided wire cable. Like Fishmans Acoustic Matrix, Sonicores design eliminates deadspots. However, the two pickups are different in response with the Sonicore providing more low and upper end response and less midrange.
The Ibanez AEQ-SS Shape Shifter EQ is a fresh new EQ design that lets you spend the bare minimum time tweaking controls and the absolute maximum time playing. Specifically designed to work with the Fishman Sonicore pickup, the 3-band AEQ-SS features a tone shaper thats much like the loudness contour on your stereo with one important difference: your stereos loudness gives you just two options: on or off. But the AEQ-SSs tone shaper is an actual loudness contour control so you can exactly determine the level of the contour and get the right sound.
The Shape Shifter is also very quiet. And it has a huge amount of headroom so you can get more volume before distortion sets in. The Shape Shifter also features a phase reverse switch for eliminating feedback. Theres a separate battery compartment for easy battery changes. And theres a low battery light that tells you when its time to change batteries (which wont be very often because the AEQ-SS circuitry promotes long battery life.)