Ibanez SR506 - Brown Mahogany

6-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 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 body in a sweet brown mahogany finish. Most other manufacturers charge extra for such premium timbers, but like all Ibanez instruments, the SR506 is an exceptional value. This is a bass guitar that plays every bit as great as it looks!

The Ibanez SR506 sports one of the most playable necks in its class - even for a six-string! You start with a amazingly thin 5-piece jabota and bubinga neck that's perfectly matched with the SR6 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 SR506 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 MK1-6 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 SR506 delivers the perfect sound every time!

Ibanez SR506 Features at a Glance:
  • Color: Brown mahogany
  • No. of Strings: Six
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck: Five-piece jabota/bubinga
  • Machine Heads: Three per side
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • No. of Frets: 24 medium
  • Pickups: Two Bartolini MK1-6 (neck and bridge)
  • Bridge: B106 bridge

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Tech Specs

Body Shape SR
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Color Brown Mahogany
Body Material Mahogany
Scale Length 34"
Number of Frets 24, Medium
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 15.74" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Abalone Oval
Neck Material 5-Piece Jatoba/Bubinga, Bolt-on
Neck Shape SR6
Nut Width 2,125"
Bridge/Tailpiece Accu-Cast B306
Tuners Standard
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Bartolini MK-1, Passive
Bridge Pickup Bartolini MK-1, Passive
Controls EQB-IIIS 3-band EQ, with Mid Frequency Switch
Strings (.032-.130)
Manufacturer Part Number SR506BM

Customer Reviews

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Great bass, great sound, great price

After logging many hours playing this bass, I am still amazed by the tones this bass produces. The pups produce a warm, dark sound and are articulate on low notes and don't bark. Playing jazz chords in higher registers are also clear and have nice blend; the chord tones don't get muddled or overpowered. Ibanez really hit it out of the park with this powerful, diverse bass. I've played some slap, rock, and jazz on this and it is more than adequate sounding. So if you're a vertasile player who wants a versatile bass without breaking the bank, this bass is a must.

The Best Bass for the Budget

In the realm of basses to obtain for under a grand, the Ibanez SR506 is the sole ruler of that realm. I will explain this in the best of detail. First star goes to the weight. When you play a bass it should not give your back any difficulty for extended playing. The weight of this bass equals a feather, and gives your back that ease of comfort. Second star goes for the pickups. When looking for a set of Thor's almighty pickups (which is about 99.9% accurate). The Bartolini MK-1 pickups from do not disappoint. As stated in the description, it can do the earth shaking lows to the crystal highs, and everything else in between. Third star for the wood used. Ibanez held no quality wood back from crafting this masterpiece. The body itself is comprised of a nice brown mahogany, the neck is a FIVE piece Jatoba/Bubinga (bolt on), and lastly the fingerboard consists of the all warm/biting tone Rosewood (and have I mentioned Rosewood is the best!). Gotta love that Rosewood! Fourth star is earned for the price of this killer bass. While most decent basses sell for at least a grand or two, the Ibanez SR506 model is in affordable range of wallets. And lastly, the 5th star goes out as a thank you for the guys at Sweetwater. My sales engineer Mike worked with me for countless weeks on finding the right bass. I play bass for a church youth group, and this bass was the ticket. Can't thank Sweetwater enough for the customer service!
Music background: Youth Ministry Bassist.

"Best High End Bass for a Lil Money"

I have owned and played one for the last 5 years. No regrets, no problems. The Bartolini Pups are GREAT!! You can dial in any sound you want. I own Tobias, Yamaha, Schecter, G & L, and Ibanez Basses. As a matter of fact, I own two of this same model. I manage and play for a R & B, FUNK, and Jazz in a 12 piece active band. I'm a 57 yr. old active musician and educator. Depending on what you are looking for in a bass, you can't go wrong with this one. You can dial in the same sounds as any $5000 bass in my opinion and I have owned and played other major brands than the ones I currently own. Play one and see what you think. Your desires may be different from mine, but to each his own. We have several bass players on our group and they all love the feel of the neck, the voicing and sounds of this Ibanez..
Music background: Active Musician/Educator


I have owned this model for 2 years. Best $630 six-string I've ever seen. I play mainly classical bass guitar. This instrument is very playable and light weight. Electronics are solid and allows for tons of tweaking. A good setup was key. Read the directions make all measurement accurately and by all means use a strobe. Your reward will be a fast, smooth, and clean (no frett buzz) playing instrument. Weather playing the most complicated Bach or the simplest blues this instrument represents hard. I am currently looking to purchase two more for different tunings.
Music background: Pro Musician

Affordable excellence

Ibanez has come up with a truly winning combination, of a great sounding and playing bass, at a price point well below what might be considered normal, for a pro grade axe. The pickups, and on board preamp, work together beautifully. This bass begs to be slapped!! It automatically has a great modern slap/thump tone. With the balance control, it is easy to get that growly P bass tone with the front pickup, or pan to the bridge pickup to get a jazzier sound. Although to my ears, the bass sounds very hifi, rolling off some treble and using the mid slector in the 250HZ mode, with a little boost, gives a retro kind of bass tone. The beauty of the bass, is how easy it is to control how much or how little of a particular sound you're looking for. OK, the neck....it's Asymmetrical, which means thicker on the side with the heavier strings and very slim and fast on the treble side of the neck. The neck is solid, sustain is very good. Punch and clarity are excellent! I can't tell you how much I love the neck on this bass! This bass has really got it going on. Don't be surprised if you are an older musician like me, if you find yourself looking for what it takes to de-modernize the sound a bit, at least on older style songs. The fit and finish are very good. Craftsmanship has the good qualities of modern CNC construction. Probably not a lot of meticulous hand work, but still good. Finish is good, but not great. It has a rather thin satin coat on a body that could stand more time hand perfecting the grain etc. but is really fine as long as we aren't paying thousands of dollars; and we aren't doing that here. Six string with 16.5MM spacing at the bridge is pretty tight, but I'm learning that it also makes some bass lines almost too easy! It's the thumb slap work that takes a lot of accuracy in where you hit the string. It takes a little getting used to that. The thing is, if it were wider, playing chords on the bass would be MUCH more difficult. And lets face it, that is one of THE big reasons to play a sixer. All in all, I would say that this bass makes exploring a six string bass really fun and affordable. If you become a "monster" at playing six, you could always upgrade someday, but it would probably not really be necessary. Oh and BTW Sweetwater is the best company to buy from on line! (Thanks Jim Watson!!!)
Music background: Working bass player
See also: Ibanez, Ibanez 6-string Bass Guitars