Ibanez SR505 5-String - Brown Mahogany

5-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, 5-pc Jabota/Bubinga Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Bartolini Pickups - Brown Mahogany
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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 farther 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 SR505 is an exceptional value. This is a bass guitar that plays every bit as great as it looks!

The Ibanez SR505 sports one of the most playable necks in its class - even for a five-string! You start with a amazingly thin 5-piece jabota and bubinga neck that's perfectly matched with the SR5 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 SR505 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 MK1-5 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 SR505 delivers the perfect sound every time!

Ibanez SR505 Features at a Glance:
  • Color: Brown mahogany
  • No. of Strings: Five
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck: Five-piece jabota / bubinga
  • Machine Heads: Three on top and two on bottom of headstock
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • No. of Frets: 24 medium
  • Pickups: Two Bartolini MK1-5 (neck and bridge)
  • Bridge: Accu-Cast B20 bridge

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Tech Specs

Body Shape SR
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Brown Mahogany
Body Material Mahogany
Neck Material SR5 5-Piece Jatoba/Bubinga, Bolt-on
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Abalone Oval
Number of Frets 24, Medium
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.77"
Bridge/Tailpiece Accu-Cast B305
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Bartolini MK-1, Passive Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Bartolini MK-1, Passive Humbucker
Controls EQB-IIIS 3-band EQ, with Mid Frequency Switch
Strings (.045-.130)
Manufacturer Part Number SR505BM

Customer Reviews

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I was in the market to step up to a five string bass. Always been a Fender fan - still am, however, a friend suggested I try out an Ibanez to see what I thought. All I can say is wow. I always looked at Ibanez as more of a low budget line but I was really mistaken. The quailty is very good - frets are all nice and smooth on the edges, neck is superb and easy to adjust. I set mine to have really low action and it is a gem to play. The tone is exceptional for this price range, and you can really get about any tone you want with these. The Bartolini pickups in these are very warm and responsive. I highly suggest if you are looking for a new bass, give Ibanez a look, you won't be sorry. I will purchase another one, but next one I want to try the Nordstarnd pickups, so I'll be spending a little more.

Great bass!!

I had been looking for information about this bass for a year. Previously I used a Peavey Grind BXP which served me for a decade. I'm a guitarist and I was struck by the weight and scale of this instrument. I thought it would be good the transition from guitar to bass because they were smaller arm measures. So I decided to buy it and just took a few days practicing on it. In fact, the transition has been very good. It has made me very easy to settle down to the scale. The weight is much better than the Grind. I think that with this bass you can play any kind of music because Bartolini pickups are simply excellent. The variety of colors you will find in the pickups of this bass is incredible. I play Latin music most of the time and although their sound is quite different to the Grind, I had no trouble finding the perfect sound for me. Yesterday a record a track with it and I have to say that it blows de Grind. The adjustment made by Sweetwater was very good. I just had to slightly adjust the intonation on one string. The Brown Mahogany is the perfect looking color. I loved!! I highly recommend this bass to anyone that play guitar and need a solid bass that fit your hands.
Music background: Guitarist, recording

It's a power house!

This is my 1st SR 500 series, which is the better of the ibanez basses, just under prestige. I'm completely shocked by the looks and sounds of this bass! These pick ups are just fantastic, I love them, extremely articulate. The active pre amp gives you so much dynamics that you can make this bass sound so good it's stupid! Then we get to the looks, and let me tell you, I have had other SR series with maple necks, and they don't hold a candle to this jatoba bubinga neck. The body looks just as sweet, with the beautiful walnut color. Bass isn't too heavy, just right, and balanced perfectly. Usually new guitars come with crap strings, but this came with really good strings on it, so I haven't had to change them out yet, I just recorded with this bass and it's the best sounding bass I've ever owned. Even better than the k5 I had. The fret board inlays are done just right and give it that added flare. For the price, you can't ask for more. I totally recommend this bass!!!!
Music background: Lead guitarist, and vocalist for tear from grace, and waiting for never, all around musician.

SR505 - - Sweet Retreat!

Just picked up my SR505 yesterday and brought it home and to my rehearsal with my music unit and it was like BLAM!! POW!!! POP!! This bass rocks! Smooth, lightweight, quick action and sounds like a more expensive ax! I love it. It looks a little mysterious with its mahogany color but I can't wait to get this baby in my church!!! I highly recommend this bass to bass players. It will exceed most bassist's needs!! Thanks!!
Music background: B.A. Degree in Music Performance. Play many genres!

SR 505

After being away from bass playing for several years, I decided to pickup my bass again. Since I play primarily gospel, ccm, r&b I wanted to move up to a 5 string. I'm sooo glad I did...I can't put it down! I can't believe I hadn't made this move before now. As soon as I opened the box and picked up this bass, I was amazed at the look of it and how great it made me sound. The first thing I noticed when I played it is how well the strings resonated through the body. It plays so smoothly and feels great. The Bartolini pick ups give it a broad tonal range. I LOVE this thing! It sounds so good it has become my main bass. Love the mid switch feature for quick tonal change to slap style.Thanks to Katie at sweetwater, this bass has changed my whole bass playing world!
Music background: Musician, Gospel, CCM, R&B

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Dave Brow

I LOVE this thing! I wanted to add a 5-string to my arsenal, and I can't put it down. It plays so smoothly and feels great. The Bartolini pick ups give it a broad tone range. It is so good it has become my main bass. Exceptional value for any level player.
See also: Ibanez, Ibanez 5-string Bass Guitars