Like a glove
I had been looking for a higher end bass in this price range for several months. Initially, I went with a American Standard Jazz Bass with the maple neck. Something about it just didn't feel right, even after I took it in for a setup and fret dress. The Jazz bass is iconic so I stuck with it until I could find my groove. The only problem was that my groove was hiding in this bass all along. Initially, I was drawn to it for the sheer looks of it. I mean look at this thing! But it's worth goes way beyond its looks. The Norstrand pickups sound fat and warm and are the perfect placement and height for resting your thumb, unlike the Jazz bass, which when properly setup, tends to have low neck pickup that's hard to comfortably rest your thumb on. The body is very light and the neck is smooth like butter. Sounded great with round wounds but I've put on some rotosound 66 flat wounds and it's warm, present, punchy and smooth. With three band Eq you can do a lot to shape the sound you want. I've been playing for 20 years, mostly on bright sounding precision and some jazz, but Ibanez has definitely made its mark with this series. Played through a Fender Rumble or Aguilar Tone Hammer and you've got a great sound.