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Am I crazy.... Ibanez SR Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by timsound, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. timsound

    timsound Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2012
    SE PA
    I have been playing for a long time. I have 2 Musicman basses, Geddy Lee Jazz and have had several others over the years. I play in church, newer rock contemporary.

    Yesterday I went to a bass shop locally that specializes in Boutique basses...Looking for something new and different. I played Smith's, Roscoe's, an Andrew Gouche MTD Kingston, Elricks and they all sounded good, some better than others.

    Today I went to my local large chain shop, for a few odds and ends. I saw an upper end MTD Kingston that I played and then a saw a Ibanez SR705 on the wall. I plugged it in and was blown away by the sound, the look, and construction. I know that the woods are better, better electronics, etc on the higher end stuff.

    Am I cracking up that a $800 bass, can play as nice, look almost as nice, and sound as nice as instruments that cost 4 times as much. Frankly the only reason I did not buy it on the spot is because I think I need to make an appointment with my psychiatrist?

    Anyone else feel this way?
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  2. grendle


    Mar 4, 2011
    Central FL
    Get ahold of a prestige or a NT model and you'll really flip. Great basses at a low price point. Nothing wrong with ibanez.
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  3. The SR505 plays just as well and sounds about the same, and can be had as low as $300 used.

    Ibanez makes great basses, IMO.

    Every time I go to GC, I play a variety of basses, but I can't ever find any that play better than the Ibanez Soundgears. The EBMM Sterlings and a hand full of Ps and Js have come pretty close, but I've yet to find a bass that was more comfortable to play, all the way up to the $2500 mark. I've never played a $3000+ bass, so I can't compare there.

    The tone is good, but not really what I'm going for in a bass. To me it just sounds "generic" and lacks the "character" that Fenders and EBMMs have. But that's just personal preference.
  4. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Congratulations! As Obi-wan famously said, you've taken your first step into a larger world. :)

    Seriously, though. I think Ibanez SR basses are great. But for me it's because I place a lot more emphasis on playability, weight and comfort than many other players do. I find, though, that any of the SR line (500 and above) are really pretty sweet.
  5. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    I *really* regret selling my SR505M. It was an awesome bass. I'm thinking about buying an SR506 but can't decide.
  6. coronado3

    coronado3 Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Indiana, USA
    I haven't had my hands on an Ibanez that I didn't like. Always wanted to try the Doug Wimbish model....
  7. Love my SR506. When I played it, it just felt right and I knew it was right for me.
  8. Ibanez SR basses are the greatest IMO. The quality is outstanding for the price, and I'm seriously considering the SR700 with the 18 month no interest plan that Sweetwater has going. I love the crisp clear highs, and deep lows of the Bart system w/3band EQ not to mention the super nice slim necks (SR5's included), and the smaller lighter bodies. I have a SR405 I'll never part with.

    So no - you're not crazy. You're just one of the many that feel the same way.
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  9. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    I just bought a new mahogany 505. Played every 5-string in three music stores before I did. I kept picking it up and comparing everything to it. Nothing could beat it at its price. Even some that were twice the price didn't appeal to me as much.
  10. waleross


    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    Never played one. Good re-sale value?
  11. timsound

    timsound Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2012
    SE PA
    Not really, about as good as any Japanese bass.

    You should play one.
  12. hip63


    Sep 14, 2010
    Love my SR505, great bass that just about anyone can afford

    a winner in my book

    hip63 :p
  13. Seb Peters

    Seb Peters

    Oct 21, 2011
    I play an Ibanez BTB, and the build quality as well as the sound are unmatched on the price range and a lot of more expensive basses. You're definitely not crazy!
  14. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    I wish I still had my SR505.....
  15. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009

    This thread is making me sad!

    And it's making me want to go and buy another SR bass.
  16. I'm an Ibanez fan. Prefer the BTB's but they're stepping up their game across the whole line.

    I got an early model BTB MIJ. I've had it for 12 years now. It's still striaght and solid as the day it left the factory. It's my poor man's Roscoe :)

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  17. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    I love going to Bass Specialties :) But yeah, the Ibby's are nice. There are a ton of super nice basses out there for not tons of money.
  18. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Cary, Il
    Don't worry too much about resale, you probably won't sell... My son has an SRX3EXQM1 that is great, got it at GC on clearance because it was missing a knob. Sounds great, plays great, looks great.
  19. jperala


    Dec 1, 2008
    Finland Espoo

    I have BTB400qm and OMG what bass is it :bassist:
  20. timsound

    timsound Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2012
    SE PA
    Love the Triad!