And here is the bass in some mixing:
Hello my fellow bass players,
on last years Namm 2020 Ibanez officially announced their EHB and all went crazy about the looks and features. But on a second look some said: “Hey Ibanez, I do like fanned frets, but do they actually make sense on a 35” scale? We want another scale length!”
And in 2021 Ibanez answered: “You don’t like the 35” scale? We heard you! Fanned Frets on a 32” scale!”
That’s what you wanted, right?
Why this actually makes sense and what are the other capabilities of this bass I will proudly show to you.
Normally short scales with 30” scale do have problems with the tension on the B string. Here the B string is elongated what in theory raises the tension and creates more pressure. Whether that works in practice we will look into shortly.
Otherwise the EHB design was slightly improved. Now we have a beautiful birds eye maple neck, roasted with rolled edges. This makes for an incredible good feeling.
The neck isn’t as extremely flat as on the EHB1506, but still made for a maximum of comfort and quite fast play style.
My biggest criticism on the 1506 was the razor sharp and pointy nut, which was likely to hurt you when fast fretting. I don’t know if Ibanez listened to my feedback or if others had the same problem, but now the nut isn’t just rounded but also of better overall quality.
The tone still comes from the Bartolini passive BH2s pickups, which in connection with the very good 3 band eq and adjustable mid-frequencies is far from muddy delivering powerful but defined sounds.
Also still on board is the marvelous bridge with adjustable string spacing and the god-tier tuning mechanics.
But let’s hear some sound samples. As always there is no post processing. What you hear is the sound of the bass, the pickups and the preamp.
If you are interested in how the bass sounds “in the mix”, you might want to watch my cover songs with it.
But now to the samples.
So what can I say?
This bass has a as much power on the B as a big one! You might feel a bit less tension, but it’s never disturbing.
His small dimensions, the weight of just under 7.3 lbs and the slanted basswood body are making this bass extremely comfortable to play.
It comes with a standard .130 B string. I tried to play a song in drop A tuning, but the tension decreases significally and you might need a thicker string…which isn’t a problem. But if you stay in B or even consider tuning a half step up to a C Tuning, this bass doesn’t have to hide from the big ones.
24 frets, powerful sound, versatile preamp, high-quality neck and lightweight…short scale lover, what do you want more?
This bass will be available in the next weeks and comes in Emerald Green and partly also in Inca Silver.
A big recommendation from my side and next to the Charvel the next big surprise in 2021.
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See you soon and stay well and creative!