I Was Really Surprised
I am actually a guitar player that plays bass on the song demos I make. I am not blessed with Stanley Clarke's hand size if you know what I mean. I have played an old Peavey Dynabass for the last 28 years because it has a neck that is perfectly suitable for my hands. I was seriously considering one of the Fender Dimension basses, so I tooled up to one of the stores here in Indianapolis to try one out. The neck was too large for me, and I decided against it almost immediately. I then tried out a similarly priced Musicman bass. Once again, the neck just was not comfortable for me to get around on. Gibson and Hofner offer smaller necks, but I wasn't really looking for a vintage style bass either. Just as I was almost resigned to play my Peavey until eternity, my eye viewed an Ibanez 500 bass. It looked great and was priced at less than half the price of the Fender and Musicman. It also had a neck that felt as good, if not better, than my Peavey Dynabass. What really opened my eyes was when I plugged it into the exact same amp I had tried for the other two basses. It was then that I discovered, that it had much more output, clarity and versatility than either of the other basses. The Bartolini pickups and the EQ are exceptional on these basses. That sent me back home to read up on the Ibanez basses. I settled on the SR700 because I really liked the color and the fact that it has a midrange scoop/boost switch that is really a nice feature. You can spend a lot more on a bass than the SR700 costs. I doubt you can find many that actually perform any better. A superb value and a fantastic product.