Ibanez SRC6 - Walnut Flat

6-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, 5-pc Jatoba/Bubinga Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 EMG Humbucking Pickups - Walnut Flat
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6-string Bass Style with EMG Tone!

As a 6-string bass player, you might feel like you're stuck between either trying to scrape together enough money for a high-end model, or settling for a budget beginner model you'll never really like. The Ibanez SRC6 is one of those rare mid-level 6-string bass models that comes through Sweetwater from time to time, offering a set of solid hardware, great-sounding pickups, and flexible electronics, all for an incredible value. Between its great-feeling 5-piece jabota and bubinga neck, EMG 35HZ pickups, 3-band EQ, and Tight End bridge, the SRC6 is everything you need in a 6-string and more!

Ibanez SRC6 6-string Bass at a Glance:
  • Your hands will love this ultra-playable jabota and bubinga neck
  • Define your tone with a pair EMG 35HZ pickups and a 3-band EQ
  • Tight End bridge with Saddle Lock system delivers comfort and stability
Your hands will love this ultra-playable jabota and bubinga neck

The Ibanez SRC6 sports one of the most playable bass necks we've played here at Sweetwater - even for a 6-string! You start with an 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 SRC6's upper frets. The rosewood fingerboard offers a strong, tight sound and an attractive appearance with a long grain pattern and abalone oval inlays.

Define your tone with a pair EMG 35HZ pickups and a 3-band EQ

If you like warm and fat bass tone, then you're going to love the SRC6's EMG pickups. The culmination of over 30 years of pickup design, EMG's 35HZ bass humbuckers use their ceramic and steel design to provide you with smooth attack, level highs, and low end that's as warm as it is focused. What's more, the SRC6 features Ibanez's EQB-IIID 3-band EQ, which features offset midrange boost and cut frequencies to offer you an incredible range of tone. Together, these electronics let you dial in the ideal sound, no mater what kind of music you play or technique you use.

Tight End bridge with Saddle Lock system delivers comfort and stability

One of the things few bass players consider enough when they're picking out a new axe is how comfortable the bridge is. For most of us, a bridge is just the thing that keeps your action under control and your intonation in check. And the Tight End bridge on the SRC6 does both of these things very well. But lots of techniques (palm muting, dead slaps, etc) require your hand to sit on or brush past the bridge. You'll find that the smooth sides and rounded profile of the Tight End bridge make the SRC6 an incredibly forgiving instrument to play.

Ibanez SRC6 6-string Bass Features:
  • An affordable 6-string bass that plays like a professional instrument
  • EMG 35HZ humbuckers deliver the warm sound of steel and ceramic
  • EQB-IIID 3-band EQ with asymmetrical midrange boost/cut lets you dial in the perfect tone
  • 5-piece jabota and bubinga SR6 neck plays great, feels wonderful, and offers up tons of sustain
  • Ultra-stable Tight End bridge with Saddle Lock system is super easy on your hand
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Tech Specs

Body Shape SR
Left-/Right-handed Right handed
Number of Strings 6
Color Walnut flat
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material 5-piece jatoba/bubinga, Bolt-on
Neck Shape SR
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 15.74" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 24, Medium
Scale Length 30"
Nut Width 1.625"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tight End
Tuners SR
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup EMG 35HZ Humbucker
Bridge Pickup EMG 35HZ Humbucker
Controls Volume, Balance, Bass Boost, Mid Boost, Treble Boost
Manufacturer Part Number SRC6WNF

Customer Reviews

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Alright, so here's the rundown here. This thing is constructed magnificently and is pretty solid but surprisingly lightweight. The finish isn't for everybody, it's not incredibly durable but looks great and will hold up fine if you don't beat your instrument up. The pickups can literally do anything from straight up bass lines to heavily distorted low tuned guitar tones extremely well with the 3 band EQ they have in these. Awesome versatility, you can get nearly any tone for any style you want. I went as high as drop A as a guitar and it destroyed my actual baritone guitars, and then set it up for bass and it slayed down there too, has better tone and presence than some of my full scale basses surprisingly. Bottom line is, this will do anything you need it to and will do it very very well, from bass to guitar to anything between. And it plays like heaven on top of that. Grab one, they're amazing instruments.


I put a set of heaven guage guitar strings on this thing and it is absolutely amazing. Hard to bend on the 1st fret but great otherwise. I would highly suggest this for a metal guitar. I play with it in drop B. When's the last time you saw a guitar with an on board active eq? Also the emgs sound outstanding.

very awesome!

I received my package right after work and only an hour before band practice. it only took two days for it to be shipped ground from Ft. Wayne Indiana to Austin TX. not bad fedex! anywhoo so I didn't have time to check intonation before leaving to band practice but the action was just right with no buzzing when I tuned it E-E. I checked the buzz factor when tuned C G C F A D. still no buzzing. awesome! so I left for band practice with the drop C tuning. plugged it in at practice and holly crap it sounds so amazing. it sounds more like a regular scale bass and better than my yamaha bb415. the 30" scale makes thos thing super easy to play. nearly like a guitar. nearly. the instrument only falls short for a rythem guitar type sound but sounds incredible for leads. one question people might ask is "does it do djent guitar?" yes it does but not well in drop C. it sounds good for it in standard E though. of coarse it sounds awesome for djent bass though. the preamp is highly adjustable and has a huge range. you can get super beefy lows or a piano like sound or anything in between really. the emg pickups sound outstanding. the wood is so nice and well manicured with no visable tooling marks. the fret edges are very smooth. the inlays look great too. now for the (very minor) gripes.... the bottom strap button screw is slightly stripped inside the wood. not a huge deal because I plan on putting strap locks on which have slightly larger diameter screws so no big deal. also the tuners seem to be a lower gear ratio than I'm use to so I may get some high gear ratio tuners for finer tuning. the tuners are very smooth and nice though. the bridge is fantastic. low profile and smooth everywhere so you won't cut your hand on any pesky screws. so long story medium length.... this thing sounds amazing and has a very high quality build. so go buy one and make these things more known!
Music background: recording, engineering, prog, rock, metal, and other things 'n stuff

very nice guitar for the money

this goes beyond reading my mind, i couldn't have thought up a more perfect guitar for me, the color on this thing is gorgeous, the eq works great and is easy to get good tones out of, strings could be better, will be getting some with a 95 for the E string since it's the biggest that will fit. the bridge is fantastic. as a guitarist that also loves playing bass, the 30" scale is better than i thought, 25.5" feels like a toy now. very happy with my purchase and chose sweetwater because they let me see and choose which one i wanted and when it comes to wood grains i'm very picky, i will definitely be ordering from sweetwater in the future
Music background: Hobbyist

Very nice.

Even though I am not a professional musician and cannot appreciate the full potential of this instrument I gave this a 5.0 rating based upon my satisfaction. In a previous review I assessed the SRC6 based upon how I received it. There are few reviews that I found for the SRC6 that would help a person decide if this niche instrument would be a good choice for them. I have spent some time now evaluating this guitar. This bass guitar was finished to a high level of quality, better than I had expected. Based upon the quality of this instrument I would not hesitate to purchase any guitar that has been manufactured in Indonesia. The body size itself is somewhat deceptive because it is actually smaller than a standard SR bass body. I measured my other 4 string SR and this is about an inch smaller all around. It is also a lot smaller than a telecaster body. This really seems to have been designed for guitarists because the overall proportions are more like a guitar though the shape is more like a bass. Quite an illusion. The electronics of the EQ system are solid and did not seem to have suffered from any shipping abuse. The 5 knob EQ electrics are of the same design used on the SR series bass guitars. There is no fret buzz that I was able to find anywhere along the neck. The harmonics were satisfying and somewhat better than a Standard guitar and below that of a Standard bass as you would expect from a 30" scale. This is a very unique guitar in that it is able to create a wide spectrum of tones and sounds. I plugged it into a modeling amp and was able to get some tones that I was never able to achieve with a standard guitar. I used a Blackstar CORE ID 10. I downloaded a preset and modied the preset slightly to achieve tones that emulated a 70's Rickenbaker. This bass guitar is 1 octave lower than a standard guitar but still allows you to achieve rich deep bass tones. I was able to achieve the deep bass sounds for Yes's Heart of the Sunrise intro bass lines exactly using some online tab I found. I think that guitarists would adapt to this more readily than a bass purist (the lower registers of this instrument obviously are above the frequencies that standard tuned 5 & 6 strings bass produce). It is tuned E to e like a Standard guitar and its string spacing is also spaced like a Standard guitar. By changing out the strings you could get a piccolo bass (A Standard bass tuning up an octave). By doing that you've gone full circle and now have a bass closer to a guitar than a guitar closer to a bass. Even though I was put off by the un-boxing experience and found that this SRC6 had been subjected to unnecessary shipping abuse, I was relieved to determine that it had not affected the instruments electronics. I'm very satisfied with this instrument overall. Would changing out the strings to a set for a Baritone guitar allow you to go even further in experimenting with this? I don't know yet but if it can achieve that then this guitar is even more valuable for its potential uses. As it is, it's a great choice that will add ways to explore and experiment with music. If you are a guitarist looking to find something really unique that can open up a greater range of tonal possibilities then this is for you, and if you're a bassist you would need to try this out to see if it offers something that your other basses don't. Lastly, my Sales Engineer addressed my questions regarding the possible shipping damage with timely responses to my emails. Perfect.
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