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Ibanez SR805AM SR Standard - Amber Reviews

5.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • from Uniontown, OH October 6, 2016Music Background:
    Been playing guitar for many years, played bass the past year

    Ibanez SR805 so sweet!

    This is my second bass guitar. I have borrowed and tried many different basses, and ended up with an Ibanez SR300 from Sweetwater for my first bas, which I really liked. I prefer the feel, weight, size and neck of the SR's in general over some other brands. The SR300 served me very, very well. I started eyeing what my next bass might be when a gig bag zipper came open and my SR300 fell to the concrete driveway....:(. Well, this kind of raised the focus on next bass. So I shopped a lot and tried lots of options, still coming back to the feel of the SR series. I definitely wanted upgraded pickups, and was weighing 5 string and fretless options. I came across a used SR805 and took a chance with it. I am completely pleased with this bass. The sound is so good, the tone, the feel, everything I liked about the SR300, but at a whole new level. In my first session playing it my wife came running in floored by the tone. She used descriptions like "sounds more acoustic ", "fuller", "more organic".

    The look of the bass is way cool, very classy, pictures don't begin to do it justice. I get a lot of compliments on the look and tone. The feel is very impressive. Fit and finish is terrific. I did do some setup changes, but it didn't come from Sweetwater, so no surprise there. Sound is full, very adjustable, I can get a wide variety of tones out of it.

    Anyhow, I highly, highly recommend this instrument to anyone looking to step out of a beginner or even intermediate level bass into a very serious instrument that punches well above it's weight.

  • from Scott Depot, WV September 6, 2015Music Background:
    Intermediate bassist

    Looks Good, Sounds Good, IS Good

    I purchased my new SR805 shortly before going to a world-famous music camp in Tennessee. I was a little hesitant to do so because this was my first 5 string bass, but I sucked it up and decided to make it my number one instrument at Camp. I can't tell you how many compliments I got on my beautiful bass - many of them from world-class musicians.

    I found the fret board and neck just perfect for me, the tone was so great, and I was in heaven the entire time. I am completely pleased with my new bass and I know that this is one I will never get rid of and will be my main instrument for years to come. I have eight other basses, but this one is my baby!

  • from United States May 21, 2013Music Background:
    Working musician and teacher since 1959

    Trust, integrity and quality are all at Sweetwater

    Both the quality of the instrument and the sales representative are impeccable.

  • from McRae, GA November 10, 2015Music Background:
    Multi-instrumentalist, performer, studio owner

    Really good bass

    I'm a multi-instrumentalist and not a full-time bassist, but here's my assessment. Great finish, solid build & construction, wide tonal variety, good playability, good action right out of the box, and nothing to argue about at this price range. EQ is responsive, passive vs. active offers nice tonal variety. The only somewhat distracting thing about this bass is the frets seem a little too edgy and could be a little more rounded, but that's just my personal preference (again, I'm not a full-time bassist, so I haven't had many basses to compare with.) I don't think you can go wrong with this bass. Be aware, the input jack is really tight, so I wouldn't use any cheap cables. This is actually a good thing - no cables being carelessly pulled out of the input jack.

  • from L.A. California USA September 9, 2014Music Background:
    Pro Bassist

    my new sr805

    I really like the feel of the neck, sound and the weight is just right.

  • from Tulsa, OK USA September 11, 2013Music Background:

    Ibanez SR805: An Extremely Nice Bass

    I'll start by saying that the only reason I'm giving this 4 stars is that I have played nicer bass guitars. However, I don't think you can find a better instrument for this price. The fit and finish are wonderful. The photos do not do justice to the beauty of the wood.

    The tone from the Bartolini pickups is wonderful (I was told by several people that it sounded richer and fuller than a custom bass I have with Alembic Activator Jazz Bass pickups). With the available adjustments it is possible to get a lot of variety from the tone. With everything set medium, it has relatively piano like tone. You can darken or brighten the tone dramatically from there. The multi-wood construction helps eliminate any hot-spots as well. I've had other basses which had certain strings or notes that would just ring out over the others, sounding very out of place. I've not found anything like that with this one.

    The bass plays really nice too. I did have to tweak the setup some (intonation was off and string height was too low for my playing style), but it didn't take long to get things the way I like. The thin neck and narrow string spacing are perfect for my medium length fingers. Overall this bass is a joy to play. I will mention that my previous basses have all had jumbo frets where this one has medium frets. The end result is that I cannot be as sloppy with my left hand as I used to be because this bass is not quite as forgiving. As I practice and get used to it, it's not a problem at all though, and it is helping my technique.

    I can say without a doubt that I have no regrets in buying this bass. It is my main axe now and I expect to be playing it for many years.

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