Ibanez PNB14E Performance Parlor Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar

Compact, portable, and fun, the Ibanez PNB14E Performance parlor bass has deep tone, a pickup with an on-board tuner, and more volume than you might expect.
The Ibanez PBN14E-OPN is a short scale acoustic bass guitar that utilizes a parlor body shape. This compact instrument is ideal for situations such as playing on the couch, outdoors, as well as more informal occasions. However the PBN14E is also a valuable on stage tool. Since the 25in short scale is similar in feel to a regular guitar, it is more comfortable for both guitarists and electric bassists to play than a full size acoustic bass. The shorter scale and compact parlor body also make it a more user-friendly platform for beginners.

Despite the compact body size, the PBN14E-OPN has an impressively powerful acoustic volume. The "open pore" finish as well as the Mahogany top, back, and sides contribute greatly to the overall tone. The neck joint being located at the 12th fret means the bridge connects at the center of the lower bout, which maximizes sonic resonance.

The "open pore" finish creates a more vintage feel, allowing the natural texture of the wood to be felt. The satin finish of the Mahogany neck helps facilitate fast and smooth position changes. The Ibanez Under Saddle Pickup accurately reproduces the acoustic nature of the bass, while the Ibanez AEQ-SP2 preamp provides the extra punch of on-board EQ, and the convenience of an easy-to-read digital tuner located on the upper bout.
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- Body: Parlor
- Top: Mahogany
- Back & Sides: Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany (Satin Finish)
- Fretboard: Laurel
- Bridge: Laurel
- Tuners: Chrome Die-Cast
- Bridge Pins: Black with White Dot
- Strings: D'Addario EXPPBB190GS Coated Phosphor Bronze Custom Light (.037 - .090 Gauge)
- Pickup: Ibanez Under Saddle
- Preamp: Ibanez AEQ-2T with Onboard Tuner
- Outputs: Balanced XLR & 1/4"
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Open Pore Natural
Shipping Weight: 6.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 21 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IBA PNB14E OPN
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-669-8262
(1 ratings)
Submitted April 28, 2018 by Joshua M in Churvul, NC
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There aren't many reviews online for these little basses yet, so I thought I'd offer my 2 cents. This little guy is awesome! I have a full size acoustic-electric bass and reaching for the F on that one is a bit of a stretch and I'm 6'1". This "parlor bass" is smaller in body and length than a regular dreadnought guitar. Actually, it fits in a standard hard shell acoustic guitar case or gig bag with room to spare. The sound is fantastic! These new strings were D'Addario developed for the Taylor GS Mini Bass and now Ibanez has capitalized on them too. The sustain is REALLY good. Acoustic volume is decent, loud enough to jam along with a tenor ukulele, gets a bit lost with an acoustic guitar. Plug this little guy in to a decent acoustic amp and it really shines. I've run it through a TC Electronic BodyRez into my Marshal AS50D, Roland Street Cube EX and my QSC K8.2 (best "acoustic amp" available IMHO) and had satisfying results with all. I was worried the electronics on this model might not be as good as the Fishman pup on the higher end models. There was no need to worry. I haven't played the other Ibanez parlor basses, so I can't compare directly, but the sound reproduction of this Ibanez pickup GOOD. I have several acoustic guitars/basses/ukuleles/mandolins, which have pups from various makers: Fishman, Taylor ES and ES2, LR Bagg's, K&K and Seymour Duncan and this under saddle pickup compares favorably to them. The preamp is serviceable, but I would've liked a phase switch and a mid EQ read more knob. I leave the on-board bass/treble EQ knobs at noon and do any sound shaping at the amp, but not much is needed, just a slight treble boost for "boom-chick" style bass lines. As I've often found, Ibanez build quality is good. Well put together, no excess glue or sharp frets, nice wood grain, has an understated classy vibe. I gave the truss rod a little relief, to get rid of a buzz it had out of the box and now the action is where I like it and the intonation is spot on. When I started playing out 20+ years ago, I bought an Ibanez A/E and although now, it hangs on the wall with Taylors and Martins, I'd still never part with it.

Musical Background:
Playing for about 30 years, gigging for 20+ years. Guitar, bass, uke, mando, harmonica, perc, whatever is needed

Musical Style:
Mostly up beat, toe tappin', sing-a-long rock-ish stuff...
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