4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, 5-piece Jabota/Bubinga Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Bartolini Pickups - Brown Mahogany
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Weight: 7lbs 13oz
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The SR Series: Basses That Look As Great As They Sound!If you're looking to purchase a superb bass guitar that will likely last you a lifetime, look no father than the SR Series from Ibanez. Available in four, five and six string versions, the SR500 basses combine classic good looks with outstanding tone woods. The five-piece wenge and bubinga necks are the thinnest and fastest in their class, while the dual Bartolini pickups and 3-band EQ deliver the kind of monster tone usually associated with custom built instruments that cost a small fortune!
This is unquestionably one of the best looking bass guitars around, but it's also surprisingly light weight with a superbly balanced, comfort contoured mahogany body with a sweet brown mahogany finish. Most other manufacturers charge extra for such premium timbers, but like all Ibanez instruments, the SR500 is an exceptional value. This is a bass guitar that plays every bit as great as it looks!
The Ibanez SR500 sports one of the most playable necks in its class. You start with a amazingly thin 5-piece jabota and bubinga neck that's perfectly matched with the SR4 Prestige bolt-on design. The nut is also thinner than you'll find on almost any production instrument. You won't believe just how fast this neck plays and how effortlessly you can access the upper frets. The rosewood fingerboard offers a strong, tight sound and an attractive appearance with a long grain pattern and abalone oval inlays.
While the SR500 is unquestionably a great looking bass guitar that plays like a dream, you also want your bass to deliver earth shaking lows and crystal clear highs. That's no problem thanks to the specially-designed Bartolini MK1-4 neck and bridge pickups which are matched to the Bartolini EQB-IIIS 3-band EQ circuitry. This combination allows you to quickly dial in your perfect bass sound regardless of your individual style and preference. From roadhouse blues to jazz fusion, the SR500 delivers the perfect sound every time!
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Cecil, Mesquite, TX
Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
by Jeff Crook from Hammond, INI have been playing guitar for roughly 35 years. I own several American Fenders, a Les Paul, a PRS, Martin and Taylor. I also own 2 MIM Fender bass guitars, a P Bass and a Jazz. I recently considered ... read more [+]buying an American Deluxe Jazz or P Bass, approx. $1,300 for either. My slaes engineer at Sweetwater suggested I try this Ibanez and I am forever greatful he did. It is a tone monster and being a guitar player, this thing has the lowest action and the fastest neck of any bass I have ever held in my hands. I can dial in a P Bass, a Jazz or anything else I desire and have the benefit of hummbucking pups to boot.Trust me, the quality of the build is second to none. It is a much higher quality than anything else I've seen selling for twice the price! close [-]
March 22, 2011
Music Background: 35 years playing covers and original music: rock, blues etc.
A pretty nice mid-priced ace
by The Director from Traffic Director and The Pedestrians from Paducah, KYI played this bass in guitar center, but the one I played was sunburst. Maybe a limited edition? I dunno, but this is great for the price, just as good as the Japanese Fenders.
August 20, 2010
Music Background: Bassist for Traffic Director and The Peddestrians, general bass repairman/expert
First of all, th... read more [+]e output of this bass is REDICULOUS. I had the store's Ampeg stack set at 4 and I nearly fell over. The pickups have some serious punch to them, and the EQ works very well, better than other active EQ's I've played with. The low end can be a little boomy if it's turned up past halfway though.
All the hardware seemed of decent quality, everything was screwed into place tightly. The knobs wouldn't move on their own (an issue I have with my Jazz Bass). The tuners worked well and didn't rattle. I particularly liked the bridge, you can plainly tell it's huge and high-mass but it doesn't get in the way of playing close to it.
The body shape is by far the most comfortable I've ever used. I'm a small guy, and either standing or sitting the bass was very light and comfortable. The neck was very thin and comfortable, I was able to play a lot of fast licks I can't do on my jazz bass. I also love the fact that there's a volute on the back of the headstock, that makes it a lot harder for the headstock to break, another problem I've had with my basses.
Overall, for the price this bass is fantastic. You get a nice thin, satin finished neck, a comfortable body shape, and Bartolini active pickups for a great price. I'm definately buying this as soon as I can afford it. close [-]
by Len from RaleighIm a guitar player and this bass is the best hands down bass,easy to play.nice thin neck,sounds great.
November 19, 2007
Music Background: 20 years on guitar,lead,Satch,Malmsteen
I was going for a jazz style bass for the thin neck but this bass has an even better and t... read more [+]hinner neck than any JAzz bass i have seen close [-]
Great bass for the money
by J. Willikers from United StatesSynopsis: A great bass at a great price, high end features, excellent playability, versatile tone, and beautiful looks combine to give you a great deal of bass for your money.
July 21, 2012
Music Background: Former pro, current lazy hobbyist.
Backgrou... read more [+]nd: I have been playing a 6-string bass for a number of years now but because of problems with tennis elbow and carpal tunnel I really wanted a 4-string that was light with a thin easy neck so that it wouldn't be such a pain (literally) to try to play.
I had actually went into the retail store to buy a Fender Jazz as I have kicked myself for selling my 72 about 15 years ago for a lot less than I could have got for it now. I loved everything about that bass, and was looking to find something similar (and planned on spending $1200-1500). I seen some of these Ibanez basses and was pretty impressed, looked at the price tags and was even more impressed. As soon as I held this amazingly thin (neck and body) and light (almost unbelievably so) bugger up, I knew this was what I was looking for.
Review: The bass looks really great and the sound and playability are amazing at this price point. Some additional comments -- the composite neck might not be to everyone's liking, although it seems super strong and light, the finish took me a little getting used to after spending 20 years playing maple necks of all various kinds. The rosewood fingerboard is nice and the abalone inlays add a nice classy touch. All 24 frets are easy to get to and finished nicely, and although I have had some trouble finding the sweet spot on the intonation where the last (highest) 5 or 6 frets are not noticeable sharp without affecting anything else, if one should find themselves noticing this, they should then be wondering what the heck they are doing way up there and then hurry up and get back in the pocket! lol Anyway, the balance of the bass feels really good for my taste. The pickups are pretty great, and the first thing you really notice about them is the sheer output level. Although they are lower end Barts, it is still suprising to see Bartolini anything on a bass at this price. The bass sustains better than anything I can remember playing, which surprised me for how light it is. The low-mid/slap switch is pretty cool. Only two minor gripes are that the preamp that comes equipped on this thing leaves a little to be desired. For my taste, the bass is too boomy, the mids are a bit too twangy and the highs are a bit too "thin", but this is really the only area where you have to say to yourself, "oh yeah, I didn't pay $1500 for this thing". Other thing is that the equipped string gauge was light for my taste and although I like the feel of the Elixir strings (factory equipped) they are a bit too bright for me.
Final comments: Sweetwater customer service and support is the best in the business, like having your own musical personal assistants. Don't trick yourself into buying gear from the "other guy" to save yourself $10. You will end up regretting it sooner or later. close [-]
by: Phillip Trammel
When I laid my eyes upon the SR500 in Sweetwater’s showroom, I had to play it.... read more »
Ibanez SR500 (4-String Brown Mahogany)
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