Ibanez SR656NTF - Natural Flat

6-string Electric Bass with Ash Body, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and 5-pc Jatoba/Bubinga Neck - Natural Flat
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Ibanez Tone and Versatility

For decades, Soundgear basses from Ibanez have been holding down the low-end for everything from metal to country. The SR656 boasts a combination of premium tonewoods with a toneful and gorgeous ash body along with a 5-piece SR6 wenge/bubinga neck topped with a rosewood fingerboard adorned with lovely abalone oval inlays. The SR656 is equipped with an Accu-cast B300 bridge, Nordstrand CND P and J pickupus, and a 3-band EQ. Some of Sweetwater's best bassists have depended on the great tone and versatility you get with Ibanez's SR656 basses.

Ibanez SR656 Electric Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Precision-made with great tonewoods
  • Great tone from Nordstrand CND P/J Pickups
  • Versatile sound for any style
Precision-made with great tonewoods

Ibanez makes some very fine instruments, and the SR656 bass is no exception. Ibanez chose a time-and-tone-tested ash body for exceptional low-end impact, rich sustain, and gorgeous looks. And the five-piece wenge/bubinga neck with KTS Titanium rods doesn't just look great, it's incredibly strong to resist warping and twisting over the years.

Great tone from Nordstrand CND P/J Pickups

Whether you're playing traditional rock, or screaming metal, the SR650's pair of Nordstrand CND P/J pickups have you covered. These pickups have a rich and solid character to them, with powerful sound-shaping potential from the onboard tone controls. You have control over boost/cut for bass, mid, and high frequencies, and an EQ bypass switch.

Versatile sound for any style

Ibanez basses are used in every style of music from metal to rock to jazz fusion. The versatile pickups and active electronics let you shape your tone to best fit the gig. From the scooped mids for slapping and popping to massive low-end rumble, the SR656 can do it all.

Ibanez SR656 Electric Bass Guitar Features:
  • Fast-playing bass with premium tonewoods
  • Ash body has gorgeous looks and great tone
  • Long-term reliability and stability from the 5-piece SR6 wenge/bubinga neck
  • Awesome sustain and note separation from the Accu-Cast B300 ridge
  • Big bold tone from Nordstrand CND P/J pickups
  • 3-band EQ with bypass for fine-tuning your tone
The Ibanez SR656 is a premium performer!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape SR
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Color Natural Flat
Body Material Ash
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material Jatoba/Bubinga
Neck Shape SR6
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Abalone Ovals
Number of Frets 24 Medium
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 2.125"
Bridge/Tailpiece Accu-Cast B306
Tuners Black Flat
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Nordstrand CND P
Bridge Pickup Nordstrand CND J
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Balancer, 3-band EQ, EQ Bypass Switch
Manufacturer Part Number SR656NTF

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Ibanez SR656

What does blow me away about this bass is its sound; it sounds like the voice of God! I have always loved reverse-P pickups, and the wider J pickup sounds great with it. I have not used the EQ, but I can do a wide range of things with this bass, from groove to "lead bass", without changing any settings. A turn to the P pickup works well for reggae, and I think the "Southwest Airlines" sound is about 75-25 in favor of the P pickup. The J pickup works well for "twanging guitar" stuff with a pick. I did experience a learning curve n the 6-string even though I have played a 5-string for about 20 years. The neck was wider than I expected, but I am getting used to it; the back is flat, and that helps. Right hand ergonomics have been touch and go; I would like to see Ibanez put these electronics in a Grooveline 6-string.
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