So I have been playing bass for a little while now, and started out a little different than most with an Ibanez GSR206. After about 4 months of playing, I sold that and upgraded to an Ibanez SR506. Unfortunately, most of the lessons that can be found online and Ed Friedland's excellent books are all written for the 4 string bass. So I started looking around for a new 4 string bass that I could use to help me better learn the bass. I came across a deal on eBay about 6 months ago for an Ibanez BTB570FM. It was in excellent condition and came with a hard shell case. I made an offer on it, got it, and was very happy when it showed up.
Fast forward over those 8 months, and I ended up faling in love with that BTB. The wider neck, the neck through design, 35" scale, the better pre-amp... and the bass just played so much better than the SR506 (to me). I found myself playing the BTB more and more and the SR less. I did miss those 6 strings, and the ability to run 2-3 octive scales. So I started GASing for an Ibanez BTB 6 string. Well last week I pulled the on an Ibanez BTB776PB and today it arrived!
Here she is in all her crappy cell phone pic glory!
And here is a pic with her little sister that started me down the BTB path.
I have only had a few hours to play her, but the BTB776 is all I hoped for so far. I am finding the string spacing much better for me and I love how she sounds and feels. I hope this cures any bass GAS for now... until I upgrade my amp this summer fall.