Ibanez Bass Workshop SRFF805 Multi-scale - Walnut Flat

5-string Electric Bass with Ash Body, 5-pc Jatoba/Bubinga Neck, Multi-Scale Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Walnut Flat
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Multi-Scale for Ideal Scale Length Across the Strings

The Ibanez SRFF805 5-string multi-scale electric bass guitar joins the lineage of Soundgear basses that are well known for innovative design, effortless playability, and an extremely wide range of tones. The fanned-fret design offers an ideal mix of comfort, tension, and tone quality. With the SRFF805's mix of custom Ibanez electronics and Bartolini pickups, you get precise control over your sound. The SRFF805 aims to make your playing experience as enjoyable and effortless as possible.

Ibanez SRFF805 5-string Multi-Scale Bass at a Glance
  • Better comfort, tension, and tone
  • Open sound with more control
  • Mono-rail V bridge for ultimate string isolation
Better comfort, tension, and tone

Multi-scale frets are an exciting trend in high-end bass guitar design. They yield a longer scale on the bass side of the instrument and a shorter scale on the treble side, offering you better intonation and more consistent tension and attack from string to string. While getting used to them may seem intimidating, Sweetwater bassists have found it's a very natural transition.

Open sound with more control

Bartolini is well established around bass players for delivering clear, warm performance via a dual-coil style configuration that maximizes articulation for balanced string-to-string pickup response. The mix of Ibanez's custom preamp and the dual Bartolini BH1 pickups gives you a detailed sound that can be tweaked for any tonal application with surgical precision. Plus, you can switch the Ibanez preamp between active and passive modes for even more sonic options.

Mono-rail V bridge for ultimate string isolation

The Mono-rail V bridge installed on the SRFF805 minimizes between-string crosstalk. When you play a string, sympathetic vibrations can set the other strings into motion. But by separating the bridge into five independent units, the Mono-rail V maximizes vibration transfer without interference from the other strings.

Ibanez SRFF805 5-string Multi-Scale Bass Features at a Glance:
  • 5-string bass with appointments aimed at the ultimate playing experience
  • 24 multi-scale medium frets offer better string tension and intonation
  • 5-piece jatoba/bubinga neck is extremely stable
  • 2 Bartolini BH1 pickups balance clarity and warmth wonderfully
  • Custom Ibanez preamp lets you fine-tune your tone and can be run passively
Get the benefits of fanned frets with the Ibanez SRFF805.

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Tech Specs

Body Shape SR
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Walnut Flat finish
Body Material Ash
Neck Material 5-pc Jatoba/Bubinga
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearl slanted inlays
Number of Frets 24, Medium
Scale Length 34'' to 35.5''
Nut Width 1.771''
Bridge/Tailpiece Mono-rail V Bridge
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Bartolini BH1
Bridge Pickup Bartolini BH1
Controls 3-band EQ w/bypass switch, Passive tone control on treble pot, Mid frequency switch, Master Volume
Strings .045/.065/.085/.105/.130 (Standard set, long length)
Manufacturer Part Number SRFF805WNF

Customer Reviews

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Amazing bass

Absolutely an amazing bass in playability, feel, sound, look, all the above. The wide range of EQ options on this bass are really good and plenty. The option to go passive or active with the flip of a switch is a plus. I sat on this bass for a long time wondering if I should buy it or not and finally when I decided to go all in and I received it, wow was I blown away.
Music background: Metal

Pretty Good

Overall, this is a pretty good bass for the money. The sound is good, especially the E and B string, and the extra tension on those strings is really nice. the EQ is well voiced, and the ability to run it in passive is a nice feature; partially as a backup in case your battery dies, but also as another tonal option. Overall, this is a very versatile instrument with a wide tonal range; and while I haven't found any settings that give me tingles, I haven't found anything that I hate, either. I had it out on it's first gig last night, and while I wasn't blown away, it was clear and defined and sat pretty well in the mix, even with no EQ, and there is a lot to be said for that; and I did think that the B string benefits greatly from the extra length. The only place where I notice the fan-fretting from a technique standpoint is the low C-it does take a bit of an extra reach to get there. Other than that, if you blindfolded me, I'm not sure I could tell the difference. It lost it's star and a half because of a few things; first and foremost, while the fretwork was decent, it wasn't great (at least on the one I got), and not as good as I would expect from a $1000 bass. To be fair, I like my strings pretty low, but still, for $1000, fan fretted or not, the fretwork could be better. 2nd thing, the cable jack was reeeaallllly tight-like, I'm-worried-I'm-going-to-damage-my-cable-pulling-it-out tight. I suppose its better than too loose, but this is a bit extreme. Finally, it would be really nice if it had come strap-locks installed-it's a little thing, but would have been nice. All that was in the past tense, though: I had the frets leveled a bit by a local luthier, installed some strap locks, and replaced the input jack (about $100 and a couple hours worth of time, all told). I now have a bass that I would probably have been OK paying $1200 or $1300 for, so all-in-all, I still think it's a good instrument for the $, especially given how much better the B string sounds than other basses in it's price range.
Music background: professional player
See also: Ibanez, Ibanez 5-string Bass Guitars