Ibanez BTB675 - Maple Fingerboard
Here is my opinion. The overall construction of this instrument has been done in the manner I have come to know and love about Ibanez. Listen man, this is an Ibanez BTB model, it doesn't get any better than this, especially at this price point. I have owned many bass guitars thru the years and I have never loved any bass more than this one. With that said, the instrument's neck relief and action weren't set up to my liking. I understand and certainly appreciate the 55 point guitar evaluation that Sweetwater offers, but setting up an instrument isn't Sweetwater's job - it's your'e job. It's extremely improbable that anyone can set up a guitar the way an experienced player likes it. Not impossible, but highly unlikely. I set up my bass and it plays well, although I do have some frets in need of leveling. After I level the frets, this bass will be the sweetest playing instrument I have ever owned. I have bought very expensive basses in the past that needed frets leveled and of course, a set up as well - you can't get around it. Players just starting out or players who don't pay attention to detail will probably never have an issue. I gave it 4 stars because there was a sizable dent in the wood near the Neutrik jack - someone must have dropped it. I called sweetwater about and they wanted me to submit pictures and were more than willing to remedy the issue, but I decided to keep the instrument and forget about the whole thing. My Sales Engineer, Mike Conyers @ ext. 1387, has worked out well with my type of communication - Email Only. He had this bass processed quickly, out the facility and at my house in 2 days. That's good service where I come from. In closing, you can't go wrong with this bass - stop reading all the reviews you can find on the Internet and just go ahead and buy it. By the way, enjoy your new Ibanez BTB675MNTF.