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Ibanez SR500 different versions?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fistuno09, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. fistuno09


    Mar 29, 2014
    Hey guys,

    I'm going to look at a used SR500 today and possibly buy it if I like it, but I have a quick question about it.

    I remember reading somewhere to watch out for older versions pre-2010, as they were not as good. The one that I am going to see does not have the little 'mid frequency selector' flick switch on it, so I can only presume it is an older model.

    The serial number is 081264241 so I presume it was manufactured in December 2008.

    Is it still just as good? Worth buying?

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  3. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2007
    near Mt. Rainier
    Yes on it being an 08'. If it's in good shape, the price is right, and you like it - then go for it. In 10' Ibanez upgraded the EQ with the addition of the mid freq switch. I've played the older models, and own a 10' SR600 with the switch. It's a nice feature, but not really a make or break deal - I don't think you'll really miss having the mid freq switch if it's a good deal. They're very nice basses.
  4. fistuno09


    Mar 29, 2014
    I remember hearing something about different pickups being used, as well as a different neck setup?
  5. Growlmonkee


    Jan 30, 2013
    Florida, U.S.
    I had an SR500 in the 90's, it had black plastic mini knobs, no switch, and a wenge/bubinga neck, and the bridge did not look like that, I do not still have it but I liked it very much.

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