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Ibanez SRF705

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Apr 2, 2014.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I played for just a few minutes on Tuesday. I noticed that the string spacing is about 18 or 19mm. The fretboard and slim neck are super fast. The fretboard is rosewood, not ebony, but it sounds good. The combination of piezo and soapbars (Bart MK-1) offers a lot of tone .
    At less than $1,000 street, this is a great fretless for a serious player.
     
  2. Apolicious

    Apolicious

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    Please don't post threads like these. It's just cruel :(
    #broke
     
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  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I'm going to take pictures of this bass today. Since February, I have mainly played fretless, and this bass is very tempting!
     
  4. lowfreqgeek

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    Are you sure it's that wide? If it is, I'm kinda screwed!

    EDIT: Just checked the catalog and the neck specs are identical between the SRF705 and the SR series 5-strings.
     
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  6. Dr. Cheese

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    I did not take any pics, but I played it again today. The neck profile reminds me of a neck through Ken Smith. It is wide, but thin.the string spacing feels significantly wider than the typical 16.5mm on Soundgear five strings. The piezo is killer! The piezo, along with the flat wounds gives this bass a nearly acoustic sound when you want it, Mk-1s do a good job too. This has given me some GAS for sure. I already have another bass on the way, but the Srf705 is not incredibly expensive, I may find a way to buy one.
     
  7. Dr. Cheese

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    The wheels are spinning in my mind because I honestly had planned on getting another fretless. The store owner is offering a great price, and I know I will pick one up sooner or later. It plays great and the two soapbar/piezo setup is as versatile as any bass I have . The B string is solid too.
     
  8. funkucan'ttouch

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  9. funkucan'ttouch

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    I put round-wounds on mine, 120-40
     
  10. Dr. Cheese

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    When I get mine, I go with half rounds since rosewood is softer than ebony. Do you think the string spacing is wider than 16.5mm? It feels like 18mm to me.
     
  11. superjesus

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    It's a shame there isn't a fretted version. I would seriously consider an 18mm 5 string SR.
     
  12. Dr. Cheese

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    If there was a fretted version, it would be pretty much for non-slappers only. That extended fretboard severely limits slapability.
     
  13. Solarmist

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    I just looked it up, and it has a different bridge than the standard SR5s to accept the AeroSilk Piezo System so I don't know what the spacing is ... the SR5s are all 16.5mm. I see it has an extended (30 fret) fingerboard, and just has a 2-band EQ for the Bart system, and a separate volume & tone for the Piezo system. It also comes factory tuned to G,D,A,E,B.

    http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_...4&cat_id=2&series_id=51&data_id=87&color=CL01
     
  14. Dr. Cheese

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  15. funkucan'ttouch

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    I want to say that's right cheese, I'll measure tomorrow
     
  16. PaulNYC

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    i got paid for a gig once.
    I just ordered one :hyper:
     
  17. Droopy

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    Real Bart's are the Bomb. I don't think the 705 has America Bart's
     
  18. funkucan'ttouch

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    No, they are mk 2. Going to upgrade mine In a few weeks
     
  19. Droopy

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    Last think I called Bart they didn't have direct replacements for the Mk II pu.
     
  20. Droopy

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    My advice is don't my an Ibanez without American Bart's
     
  21. Dr. Cheese

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    The SRF705 is so inexpensive, it will be no problem to upgrade to USA Barts. The MK1s actually sound very good in this bass.
     

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