Ibanez SR500 - Brown Mahogany

4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, 5-pc Jabota/Bubinga Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Bartolini Pickups - Brown Mahogany
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A Comfortable Bass with a Ton of Tones

The Ibanez SR500 4-string electric bass offers one of the most playable necks in its class, with a thin 5-piece jatoba and bubinga combination. You won't believe how fast this neck plays and how effortlessly you can access the upper frets! The mahogany body is nicely balanced and contoured to be comfortable for hours of playing. When you need to deliver earthshaking lows and crystal-clear highs, the Ibanez SR500's Bartolini pickups and MK1 3-band EQ really come through. This beauty is an amazing player and a great value!

Ibanez SR500 4-string Electric Bass Guitar at a Glance
  • Ibanez Soundgear quality
  • Fast neck for nimble runs
  • Flexible Bartolini Electronics
Built for tone and comfort

The Soundgear series from Ibanez offers players a sleek alternative to the bass designs that have been the standard. The SR500's contoured mahogany body provides a warm, woody tone, and the fast neck is built to give players in any genre a comfortable playing experience. And the SR500 is lightweight, which means you'll get home from the gig and your shoulder won't be tired.

Fast neck for nimble runs

Ibanez opted for a supremely playable 5-piece jabota and bubinga neck that feels great in your hand. You get great upper-fret access and moving up and down the neck is nearly effortless. The nut width is thinner than what you'll find on most bass necks, which further aids the comfort factor. And the rosewood fingerboard pairs beautifully both sonically and visually with the neck woods and mahogany body to complete the picture.

Flexible Bartolini Electronics

The Ibanez SR500 doesn't just play great and look great, it sounds amazing as well. The Bartolini MK1-4 pickups are paired with the EQB-IIIS 3-band EQ, which lets you dial in your ideal tone. This is great for players that find themselves hopping from genre to genre, or when you just want to take total control of your sound. Sweetwater bassists are sure you'll love the SR500 4-string electric bass.

Ibanez SR500 4-string Electric Bass Guitar Features:
  • 4-string bass guitar designed for comfort and versatility
  • SR4 5-pc Jatoba/Bubinga neck is incredibly comfortable and stable
  • Bartolini MK-1 pickups and EQB-IIIS preamp offers wide tonal control
  • ACCU-cast B300 bridge is rock-solid
  • Extended neck joint gives great access to the higher frets
If comfort and versatility are high on your list, check out this SR500 by Ibanez.

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Additional Media

Bass Guitar Buying Guide
Ibanez SR500 Review

Tech Specs

Body Shape SR
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Brown Mahogany
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material 5-piece Jatoba/Bubinga, Bolt-on
Neck Shape SR4
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Ovals
Number of Frets 24, Medium
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.496"
Bridge/Tailpiece Accu-cast B300
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Bartolini MK1 Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Bartolini MK1 Humbucker
Controls Volume, Bass, Balance, Mid, Treble, Mid Shift Switch
Strings (.045-.105)
Case Included No Case
Manufacturer Part Number SR500BM

Customer Reviews

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So Nice

This is a beautiful instrument. Very well made out of very nice woods. Lots lighter than Fender/Squier jazz basses I looked at. Very comfortable neck. Action just right. (By the way, if you look closely at them, you'll see that in the cheaper Fender/Squier basses, the strings don't all align correctly with the pickups). I'm totally happy with my selection.

Great Bass for the Price

I couldn't be happier with my purchase from Sweetwater. My SR500 bass arrived a day earlier than expected and the overall condition and setup of the guitar was flawless. I played it right away, and 3 hours later I still couldn't put it down. All my friends are stunned at the quality of this bass with such a low price tag. I will do all of my music gear shopping at Sweetwater from now on. Their extra attention to detail and customer care has made a believer out of me. Thanks again for the great service!
Music background: General Music Lover

Awesome Bass

Im a guitar player and this bass is the best hands down bass,easy to play.nice thin neck,sounds great. I was going for a jazz style bass for the thin neck but this bass has an even better and thinner neck than any JAzz bass i have seen
Music background: 20 years on guitar,lead,Satch,Malmsteen

Outstanding instrument!

I bought this bass a year and a half ago and it is amazing, very impressive for the money! I originally bought it for recording, but I play it live and it amazes me on every note! Unfortunately, I did not purchase it from sweetwater, as I did not know any better at the time, but I would highly recommend using sweetwater in any purchase! Their service is great and every time I purchase something from them it comes safely packaged and ready to rock! I love the worn brown finish on this guitar and the EQ controls on this axe are awesome! This is an all around instrument for beginner or pro, I highly recommend this beautiful instrument!
Music background: Worship musician for many years

Outstanding value!

I 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 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!
Music background: 35 years playing covers and original music: rock, blues etc.

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Simon Picazo

As soon as I played this bass I fell in love. From the Bartolini pickups to the mahogany body, any player from the beginner to the pro will be completely satisfied with this bass. Best of all the price - finally a pro bass for a great price!

Aric Brenner

I originally bought my Ibanez SR500 bass for playing rock and metal, but soon found out how incredibly versatile it is. With a simple tweak of the Bartolini pickups and onboard EQ, it can go from a heavy growl to a warm subtlety - and executes both extremely well! Plus, the slap tone the neck pickup provides is absolutely amazing!

Phillip Trammel

When I laid my eyes upon the SR500 in Sweetwater's showroom, I had to play it. I have been a fan of Ibanez for many years and I love their products. When I picked up the bass the first thing I noticed was the Bartolini pickups. Without looking at the price I assumed this bass was probably $1,000 or up. Bartolini pickups are typically not found in instruments for under $1,000. Bartolini pickups are the Rolls of pickups for basses, and when I saw the price my jaw dropped - the going rate for this masterpiece is $549.99. You will not find a better bass for anywhere near this price. The highs and lows you get from these pickups are amazing. That is why the top players ranging from rock to jazz to R&B use Bartolini pickups, and the list goes on. These pickups can be used with any style of music. The second thing I noticed was the mahogany body. This wood sounds great: great lows, huge sustain. Plus, this bass is light with this wood. I love a light bass because I can stand for longer periods of time and my back feels a lot better and with the Bartolini pickups and the mahogany body you are not losing that bottom end that you would have with a heavier bass. The third thing I love about the SR500 is the thin neck. It allows you to really wrap your fingers around the fingerboard. This neck feels great! It's made of bubinga and it's smooth and fast. There is no gloss so your fingers are not getting friction from the neck, especially when your hands get moist. Overall this is one of the best basses I have played and for the price, you cannot go wrong. Anyone from beginners to pro players can buy this bass and be extremely happy and satisfied.
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