Need a new extended range! Rockbass or Ibanez?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by J03YW, Aug 1, 2013.


  1. J03YW

    J03YW

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    Hey guys, I'd like a new 5 or 6 string bass and I love both the Ibanez and Warwick Rockbass lines. All I require are 2 pickups, preferably active, and 24 frets. Thanks. 6 strings preferred.
     
  2. AshdownMad

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    Any idea on budget?
     
  3. AshdownMad

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    Well i'v compiled a short list.

    Having owned both I must say I personally prefer the sound/feel/build of my Warwick (And I had my Ibanez for 4 years before the Warwick and loved it)

    The one plus side is that the Ibanez has very nice active electronics!
    My Warwick is passive, still sounds amazing tho, and I get the EQ from my Ashdown so no biggy either way.

    ALL the Warwicks benefit from the Just-A-Nut III adjustable nut, 2-piece 3D bridge, and standard strap-locks.

    So to the Basses. Warwick currently only make 1 6-string RB;
    http://www.warwick.de/en/Warwick--I...asic-act.-long-scale--6-string--Pictures.html
    Which is lovely, active. Full scale. Does not seem to be a huge choice of colours for some reason...

    The higest model Rockbass (5-string);
    http://www.warwick.de/en/Warwick--I...te--Corvette-Premium--5-string--Pictures.html
    Again, beautiful with the Flamed Maple Top. Active, full scale.

    The model I have/most prefer
    http://www.warwick.de/en/Warwick--I...orvette--Corvette-$$--5-string--Pictures.html
    Also, beautiful! Double Humbuckers, PASSIVE however. Full scale. Nice colours available.


    AND THEN (sorry theres only 1 Ibanez)..
    This was the model I was looking at (4-string version) as well as my Warwick (But ultimately went for the Warwick)
    http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/eb...9&color=CL01&year=2013&cat_id=2&series_id=112
    Another beautiful looking Bass. Active, Full scale.


    I still play my Ibanez and will keep it forever (Im a hoarder) but prefer the Warwick any day.

    *Side note: My Warwick did cost more than double what my Ibanez cost so may be a factor in my opinion! But probably not
     
  4. J03YW

    J03YW

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    My budget's like really low. Think $4-5 hundred.
     
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  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    You can get some nice Ibanez 5ers for under $500
     
  7. Pattycakes

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    obviously check out both if you can but i think the ibanez basses in that price range are nicer. warwick makes some cool stuff but the rockbass models never did much for me.
     
  8. remainthesame

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    If money is no object, i must recommend some sort of ibanez btb. they even made a 7 string recently which can be had for about $1200

    nevermind. i just saw that you said you have a price range much lower than what i said. however im sure you can find a used btb for less than 500
     
  9. ddhm

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    I don't like the Warwick neck profile... that might influence your decision.
     
  10. TolerancEJ

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    For a range of $400-500, you will be looking at used items. Hopefully, you can try an instrument before you buy one.

    For Ibanez, you could try the SR506 or maybe a BTB model. I'm not too familiar with Rockbasses, but their quality has become much better than a few years ago.

    I own a Warwick Thumb BO 6 and an Ibanez SR885. My Ibanez is 20 years old and still sounds great. If you're concerned about the instrument's weight, Ibanez's are relatively light, especially compared to a Warwick. You will get a nice growling tone from the Warwick. Once you hear the Warwick growl, you'll be able to identify it in any song.
     
  11. Stinkoman20xx

    Stinkoman20xx Previously Thedeadking Supporting Member

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    You can get used Ibanez 506 for around 350-400 all the time and IMO can get close to a warwickish tone.
     
  12. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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  13. JustForSport

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    Older Ibanez SR506/ SR505- maple, w/active split pups and 3-way eq is very versatile.
    Don't know how it compares to the mahogany SR506 w/barts, tho.
     
  14. J03YW

    J03YW

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    I *prefer* buying new, but these are some options. I think I'm gonna look for a new sr256/used sr506
     
  15. satellite4

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    I would recommend the SR705...very versatile tone-wise, and great wood choices for body, neck and FB.

    I've seen used and factory 2nds in the $500-$600 range, sometimes lower.
     
  16. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

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    There are tons of great deals on Ibanez 5 and 6 string basses on eBay. Checkout Barry Clark Music. He sells lots of used and new Blems at really great prices. I just picked up a new SRX695 with the tiniest ding on the back of the headstock for $200 delivered. As the poster above points out about the SR705, it's a stunning bass and used its almost impossible to beat for the buck.

    Secret bass to look for? Lightwave Hybrid in a 5 string. Used. You're welcome.
     
  17. thumpguy123

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    i love my ibanez sr505! it's my best sounding bass and it really kicks ass for those longer gigs. your shoulder will thankyou! you can pick them up for cheap, i picked one up for 100 dollars with gig bag, cables and tuner
     
  18. Draculea

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    Any Ibanez SR, 305 and up, is a good choice IMO, but try to aim for the 505 and up, the higher the better.
     
  19. J03YW

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    Yeah, I know why. I hear the barts are great in the 500+'s.
     

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