|datsaxguy ||10-12-2013 05:10 AM |
Ibanez BTB675 review ....UBD!
Used bass day!
Picked up a used Ibanez BTB 675 with a maple board so I thought I'd post a review. It was in pretty good shape, usual nicks and scratches.
Specs: Ibanez BTB675, made in Indonesia 2012, 5-string, 35" scale length, light ash body w. walnut top, natural finish, maple neck-thru-body, nut width 47mm, rosewood fretboard (24/23 frets), 15.7" fretboard radius, Bartolini MK2 pickups, Ibanez MR2 Monorail bridge (19mm string spacing), Bartolini active 3-band EQ, cosmo black hardware. Neutrick Jack.
I've seen the weight on these vary a lot from bass to bass, so I was pleased to find that the bass I got was about 9.5 lbs. They are usually somewhere near 10 lbs.
Tuners and volume pots all work very smoothly. The folks at GC were nice to setup the bass for me before I took it home. I had to set the pickup height on the neck pup upon further inspection but nothing a few turns of a screwdriver didn't cure. That really made a huge difference in the lows. Don't skip over that last sentence. That one thing really made the bass sing compared to the 2 other BTB675's in the store.
35" scale is surprisingly comfy. The neck has a little more meat than an a SR but just a smidge more than a fender "C" shape like the squier vintage modified. I played a squier at the store and got to A/B them on the spot. It has a nice natural/satin finish. Upper fret access is extremely easy, due to the deep cutaway and neck-thru. The bass has a warm tone when the EQ is set to neutral and is darker than you would think even with the maple board. The sound is It's really punchy too.
Sustain is great, without being excessive; notes ring on for a long time, if you want them to. The active electronics are noiseless and make a noticeable difference to the sound. The B-string is just as good or better than anything out there. I've had a couple Laklands and a couple Nordy's. This is the best B-string I've had, and I have it set up with Dunlop light nickels with a 120 on the B. The bass is pretty even from string to string.
My only complaint on this bass is the preamp. If you like a darker sound, you will like this preamp. If you wanna go hifi you gotta crank the treble to the max. There is nothing wrong with the preamp at all but a better preamp would make this bass perfect. I think I'm going to do a Aguilar OBP3 or a U retro in this.
You can't go wrong with this thing especially used. One of the better values out there used. l will update the thread once I change the preamp.
I took another thread and altered it to make this review quicker to post. Hope this was helpful