Originally Posted by tunewriter
I have an Ibanez SR500 and I like it. It's my 1st bass. I chose it because I do not have large hands. My only real issue with it, and I think it's more my problem, is I sometimes push the E string too far (off the fretboard) to the left when pushing down and I get fret noise. I've been wondering how similar a Music Man SLO would be to the SR500. I know there is nothing like going to the store and playing a Music Man SLO for myself but I'm hoping to get some pointers before I do. Anyone care to weigh in? Thanks in advance...
I have 3 Ibanez SR 500's. A 94', 95' and 2010 Limited Edition. I have also owned a 93' SR 400, a 95' SR 800 and a 20th Anniversary Soundgear so I am very familiar with these basses. In 2010 I switched over to Music Man simply because the basses are much better basses. Like you, I too do not have huge hands. I have average size hands. My first Music Man was a Music Man Sterling but has the same neck width as a Stingray SLO. I found the transition to be quite easy and next to no noticeable difference at all. I then got a Stingray Classic next and noticed a little bit of difference but nothing that was too bad. After that, I went Bongo crazy and they have become my favorite. I own 4 in various different pickup configurations but I love the feel of the necks. Their width is absolutely perfect for me ans they are the most comfortable bass I have ever played. I also have a regular Stingray that is a standard neck, non SLO. It too feels really nice. The only one I ever notice a difference on is my Stingray Classic but I have had it for 2 years now and there is no issues in playing it or transitioning from one bass to the next. If you decide to go with Music Man, I highly recommend them as they make a great bass, and they have excellent customer service. Whatever one you do go with, be it a SLO special or something else, I think you will do just fine and be very happy with what you get.