2015 Ibanez fanned frets bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by basslayer, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. basslayer


    Jan 3, 2008
    Beaverton, OR
    This bass looks to become part of the bass workshop series. It's model is SRFF805 and looks to also come in a 6 string model. I loved what I have gotten to play from this series so far.

  2. Chaser1


    Aug 24, 2010
    Wow that looks beautiful. I think this is the nicest looking SR model they have ever made.
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  3. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play...

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Not too pricey either. A quick search only shows this model available in the UK, but at £725 ($1,111) it's a smoking deal! Can't wait to see these come up in the classifieds.
  4. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    I've been diggin' on their walnut BTB basses lately. Too bad they didn't put fanned frets on one of those.
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  5. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    That's the one with E-C tuning, right?
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  6. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    I am very interested. What is scale? I am assuming 37".

    On a side note, I love the fact how only @Nobody has liked the original post. It currently reads as "Nobody likes this."
  7. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    No not at all. The low B has a 35.5 inch scale length, not 37 inch like Dingwall ;)

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  8. Dug2

    Dug2 Guest

    Sep 24, 2011
    cool, it looks to be a lesser angle (of fanned frets) than a dingwall.
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  9. CoarseBass


    Dec 28, 2002
    It bums me out they leave BTBs out in the cold so often - the BTB platform should have a Premium offering, and in my mind would have been a better home for a fanned fret bass.
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  10. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    While I'm not in the market or position to buy anything I would love to try one just to see what it's all about.
  11. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    That's because a Dingwall has a 37 inch - 34 inch scale length (depending on the model and number of strings of course. There are also other scale lengths). This Ibanez comes with 35,5 inch - 34 inch scale length. Not such a huge difference from one side to another.

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  12. lennie28

    lennie28 Guest

    Feb 25, 2013
    Really excited for these, especially the six string version.
  13. WashburnAB95


    Nov 18, 2013
    Do you actually get the standard benefits of fanned frets if the difference is that subtle?
  14. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Well it's a great concept if you want to get more out of your strings, or if you play in alternative tunings. This way, you don't have to huge thick strings, but still have more tension on the strings and this creates more clearity in the sound. Try to look for the bass gear video of Adam Nolly Getgood from Periphery. He is endorsed by Dingwall and plays a lot in Drop A flat and owns one 6 string bass that is tuned to F# standard. All his basses have a 37 - 34 inch scale length, though the 6 string has a 37 inch - 31 inch scale length if I'm correct.

  15. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I would guess that it's a matter of degree. The B, at a given string gauge, is going to be nowhere near as tight on the 35.5" scale as on the 37" Dingwall, but tighter than on a 34" or even 35" 5 string.
  16. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Actually, he endorses Dingwall...that's how those deals work. ;)

    Nolly plays a number of Sheldon's basses, but lately mostly plays his signature bass, which is a tricked out Combustion with a Darkglass preamp. He also owns and uses a few of Sheldon's short scale instruments.

    On the Ibanez, the first versions of these showed up at shows and in print last year. The rather conservative scale range and some of the other build aspects leave me feeling underwhelmed by their efforts.
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  17. Toptube


    Feb 9, 2009

    There's been a "premium" BTB for some time.

    The BTB had quite a bit of movement in the past couple of years with the premium model, the singlecut body style, and a 7 string BTB.
  18. spanndrew

    spanndrew Guest

    Oct 14, 2013
    Atlanta, Ga
    The btb does have a premium offering. image.jpg But I agree that they should do some more to the line.
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  19. DannyBob

    DannyBob Guest

    Aug 28, 2013
    Don't forget that with tax and everything usually (in the world of musical instruments) GBP (£) = USD ($). For example, an SR300 is around £300 in the UK and $350 in the US, despite currency exchange being greater. This HOPEFULLY (don't quote me) will mean that it may be a sub $1,000 when released in the US. :)

    I for one cannot wait to try one of these!
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  20. Paul M

    Paul M

    Jul 21, 2005
    Does it come in a 6-string version? I couldn't find anything about that on the web.
    I would be interested to try one. I almost bought an Ibanez SR1806 Premium with the 34-inch scale. I took it home for a test drive. It was really comfortable except for the tight string spacing. However, the stock B-string would not intonate. The saddle just couldn't be moved far enough. I swapped it for a B-string with a tapered end over the saddle, which did intonate at the 12th fret but not at the 24th.
    Maybe the extra inch-and-a-half will make a difference on this new model – but there is nothing like the 37-inch B and 33.25-inch C on a Dingwall.