Ibanez AELBT1 Baritone - Natural

Acoustic-electric Baritone Guitar with Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and AEQ-SP2 Preamp - Natural
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Baritone Guitar Enlarges Your Musical Universe

Punchy with plenty of headroom, this Ibanez AELBT1 6-string acoustic-electric baritone guitar has the size, projection, and expansive tone that you've been looking for. When playing this AELBT1, you'll quickly discover that its big, comfortable AEL body is a tone cannon - loud but superbly balanced. Although it's certainly capable of subtlety, this AELBT1 really shines when you dig in and get aggressive, producing a meaty, chewy tone with clear midrange and stacks of harmonic overtones. On top of that, this AELBT1's outstanding Fishman pickup system (a Sweetwater favorite) ensures that you'll sound just as good plugged as unplugged. Whether you're a strummer or a fingerpicker, you'll love the Ibanez AELBT1 6-string acoustic-electric baritone guitar.

Ibanez AELBT1 6-string Acoustic-electric Baritone Guitar at a Glance:
  • AEL body style provides full-bodied sound and powerful projection
  • An amazing acoustic guitar for the stage or studio
  • Onboard electronics let you dial in perfect live sound
AEL body style provides full-bodied sound and powerful projection

When it comes to full and natural projection, you can trust this AELBT1's full-sized AEL body style to deliver the sound you demand. Larger in the lower bout than most of Ibanez's acoustic-electric guitars yet slender enough not to overwhelm smaller guitarists, the AELBT1's AEL body shape gives you both an excellent balance of feel, projection, depth, and sparkle. It's just what you want when you're playing with a full band. With this AELBT1, you've got exactly what you need to push the musical envelope.

An amazing acoustic guitar for the stage or studio

Whether you're the humblest of Saturday afternoon porch pickers or the seasoned pro who's been hauled from show to show a time or two, this Ibanez AELBT1 acoustic-electric baritone guitar was made for you. Everyone needs an inexpensive acoustic guitar that you can pack up, head out, and run off with anytime you need to without worrying about damaging any priceless instruments. That being said, your "beater" guitar doesn't need to sound bad - this Ibanez AELBT1 is more than proof enough of that!

Onboard electronics let you dial in perfect live sound

Any gigging guitarist at Sweetwater will tell you that Fishman makes some of the best acoustic amplification systems around. This Ibanez AELBT1 acoustic-electric baritone guitar packs Fishman's Sonicore pickup, and the Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp gives you bass, treble, and volume controls to dial in a great tone fast. Best of all, the built-in tuner makes it easy to keep your instrument sounding its best.

Ibanez AELBT1 6-string Acoustic-electric Baritone Guitar Features:
  • Large, comfortable AEL body is a tone cannon - loud but superbly balanced
  • Mahogany body delivers a full and deeply resonant voice
  • Spruce top balances the warmth of mahogany with clear mids and singing highs
  • Fishman Sonicore pickup and Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp provide extraordinary sound when you play plugged in
  • Preamp system includes an onboard tuner
Enlarge your musical universe with this Ibanez AELBT1 6-string acoustic-electric baritone guitar!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape AEL
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany
Body Bracing X
Binding Black
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 27"
Tuning Machines Chrome Die-Cast Tuners
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut Width 1.69"
Body Length 20"
Body Width 16"
Body Depth 5"
Electronics Fishman Sonicore Pickup, AEQ-SP2 Preamp W/ Onboard Tuner
Strings D'Addario EXP23 Coated Phosphor Bronze, Baritone (.016-.070)
Manufacturer Part Number AELBT1

Customer Reviews

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Baritone Acoustic

This is an excellent baritone acoustic/electric for the price, tiny bit of work required if you like the action low. Amplified the guitar sounds very good. Kyle Malone was exceptional (as usual) in helping me out with this purchase, he really went above and beyond on this purchase for me, thanks Kyle.
Music background: Amateur

Small mistake

I misspoke in my other review. Apparently Ibanez does make a case for this guitar as well as others in the AEL/WE series. I'm not sure how form-fitting it is but yes, there is a case available.

good and bad

I received my new Ibanez baritone yesterday (8/4/16). I had never played a baritone guitar before and was delighted with the sound of this guitar.Playability: For a large body guitar it is very easy to hold and play. It is light too. Better, the intonation is right on. Even the nut is cut properly so that the first few fret positions are in tune! I don't know if this is the result of the Sweetwater techs doing a great set-up or if the guitar comes from the factory like this. The neck has a 27" scale length which, while longer than a regular guitar, is still more manageable than an acoustic bass. The neck has a very comfortable shape and width so even with my short/fat fingers I am able to chord easily. The frets feel great! Finally, the tone of the guitar is wonderful. No kidding. I was pleasantly surprised that it sounded so nice. Wow! I'll have a lot of fun messing around with it.Build quality:The woods are nice and look fine. The pieces are matched both on the back and the front. The fingerboard wasn't stained to be uniform in color but I actually like the change in the natural color tone. The bracing is easily viewed and while not overly finished for appearance they did a fine job of putting them in. Frets are polished nicely and surprisingly well done! Really! The plastic binding has been put on properly. The tuning machines are nothing fancy but they do the job well. There is no lag when using them like one must deal with using a cheap tuner. I was worried that a guitar made in China would not be of good quality. I need not have worried, the guitar was built really well.Negative issues:No gig bag or case. At this price point I'm OK with that but apparently Ibanez doesn't offer a form-fitting case for this guitar at any price. Of course there are aftermarket cases available.The binding was put on nicely but I just don't like the appearance of it.The built-in tuner works fine but the display is so small my old eyes have a hard time reading it.The saddle in the bridge looks kind of rough cut but as I say above the intonation is right on so I don't really care if the saddle isn't polished.I haven't plugged it in yet to see how it sounds amplified.


This guitar arrived on my porch two days after I ordered it like everything I get from Sweetwater. Two days later I played out live with it to a packed house. The built in pickup is a power house that cuts through a noisy room to a fare thee well ! This thing was set up to play like butter right out of the box and was just what I needed and expected. Well done Ibanez and Sweetwater!

I got more than I paid for.

There aren't a lot of baritone acoustics currently on the market. Those that are available are priced at wide intervals between $499.00 and $3000.00+. Until now. Ibanez has released the AELBT1 at the low ball price of $399.00. Ibanez also chose to include an on board preamp and Fishman Sonicore pickup for use with an acoustic guitar amplifier. I bought this guitar because I wanted the opportunity to try out the baritone range without having to invest big bucks. For this purpose the AELBT1 has worked out perfectly. Good intonation up and down the neck. String gauges appropriate for down tuning. Tuners that hold well and a volume level equal to a vocalists need. Sound quality, harmonics and overtones are very basic. Nothing I would call rich or impressive. Good enough but no gold stars to hang out. If you're going for quality tonality the AELBT1 is not what you're looking for. On the other hand .... if you're like me and looking to find out what a baritone guitar offers that might benefit your guitar needs ...... it's an excellent choice. I wanted to be able to sing songs I'd written 30 to 40 years ago that I could no longer reach the higher range of. I found that a baritone acoustic is perfect for this endeavor. I'm singing tunes I haven't sang in half a lifetime. Based on my experience with the AELBT1 I will definitely be buying a higher quality baritone guitar for stage use. I do thank Ibanez for offering a good base platform of the baritone acoustic for those of us wanting to make decisions without high investment. Until I save up the bucks for something better the AELBT1 is allowing me to sing songs I've missed for long and long.
Music background: Playing guitars for over 54 years.
See also: 6 string acoustic guitars, Ibanez, Ibanez 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Ibanez Acoustic / Electric Guitars