cheap feeling

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BoognishMang, Nov 18, 2001.

  1. why do ibanez basses fell cheap? i dunno if the guitars are any different, but the basses just don't feel right. Guess nothing beats a good slab of wood. went to their website and i didn't find any reputable artist there. I mean, fieldy? the dudes from orgy? lit? staind? these guys are abasically thier salesmen or pr people. Guess this is the image they want. I'm confused.
  2. they feel cheap because the overwhelming majority of their products are. and even the ones that aren't cheap are usually not worth it.
  3. Jeffrey A-Bomb

    Jeffrey A-Bomb Drink Coffee & Destroy Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    Silver Spring, MD
    Heh, I'd endorse ibanez if they gave me huge wads of cash and free instruments ;)
  4. i wouldn't but that's just me i guess
  5. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    i think both ibanez's and fender jazz basses feel cheap. I'm pretty sure its the think neck. It makes them feel like u could break them at any moment. I really like jazz basses, but i cant get used to the neck. Thats what i'd guess.
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    The Jazz neck is even slimmer at the nut than most Soundgear necks, but it feels much more rigid to me. Soundgear 4 strings are so flimsy that you can bend them up until the fret out or down a whole step, with little effort.
  7. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Brutal but honest, that's how we like 'em here on talkbass! BTW I agree. I've never liked Ibanez much, there's a reason they're also known as "Ibeenhad". For the same price you can do so much better.
  8. Mike slips in to the anti Ibanez camp.

    Shh! Everyone's asleep. He glues a poster of a BTB to the tallest tree. (no hammering noise)

    He then mounts his trusty steed and after a few seconds, he is lost in the dappled predawn light.
    No one heard his horse because, --- I don't believe it! He put gym socks over the horse's shoes!

    No signature. Was he even really here? Or was it a dream? ;)
  9. If you wanna talk about image over substance, how come most of you base your opinion of Ibanez on the SR series(their most pushed line)?

    Try a BTB, an ATK or an Ergodyne and try and tell me they don't have their merits. Gary Willis, Verdine White, Doug Wimbish or Benny Rietveld can't all be in it for the money. In fact, the only one that plays an SR is Gary, and his is a custom with Bart electronics.
  10. i've played every make and model of ibanez besides the atk and i either don't like the feel, sound, or look of any of them. but that's just my opinion i could be wrong, what do you think america? call me at 341-LACTOSE. if any of you watch dennis miller live you know what that is.
  11. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000
    I like the old Ibanez Musician bass and I played a high end Soundgear bass that was really nice at BassNW a while ago. Generally speaking though I don't like their gear.
  12. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    the soundgears do feel real cheap.there sooooooooo light which makes them feek cheap.the neck is super thin.the only reason the soundgears are cheap is because they dont spend much on making them.although my bro's friend got an ibznez soundgear for 109 which is a good deal.
  13. istaticl


    Nov 29, 2000
    Prescott, AZ
    i hope that was new and not a used bass.
  14. phunky345


    Jun 20, 2000
    Missoula, MT
    I can't stand their string spacing! I can slap like crazy on my yamaha 5-string, but get me on one of those generic SR series, and I sound like I don't know what I'm doing. And it seems like Ibanez is all most music stores carry, because it sells to young, impressionable people who think it's good because of endorsements. Thank god for this website, or i'd probably still think that a little bit. Of course, I have this same issue with those guitars/amps that it seems every punk band plays (ampeg heads, marshall half-stacks, les pauls, stingrays). These are all wonderful, wonderful equipment, but it just seems punkers play them because they are played by other punkers.
  15. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Tried an Ergodyne 5, but the string spacing got to me, although I liked the look and the EQ options. I tried an Ergodyne 4 but it had a very prominent note that was DOA. I did buy a Verdine White Signature and found it to be very well made and good sounding. In the old days I owned an Ibanez "P" bass that was the spitting image of the Fender, and they got sued for it, as well as an Ibanez Ric copy. I really don't like their new models all that much, but that's because Peavey has captured my interests with guitars that sound and feel 10 times better than the Ibanez models IMO.
  16. Player


    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    They also have very poor quality control. A friend that manages a local store once told me that about 1 in 4 that they get has a serious defect. They've sent more Ibanez back than all others combined.
  17. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    I agree. I've never beem impressed with any Ibanez I've played. Too flimsy, weak and, like you said ,cheap feeling. Ibanez is on my perpetual black list.
  18. hey, im young (14 years) and i've got 2 ibanez!! a GSR (my first bass) and an ergodyne edc (second one, no third ) !! and when i bough both of them i didnt knew about the endorsers!!! i bought them because i like the sound and feel of them!!!

    so dont say that kind of stuff of young fellas
    ;) :D :cool: :rolleyes:
  19. Sofa King

    Sofa King

    Aug 20, 2000
    Rowlett, TX
    I've never beem impressed with any of their SR's or even Ergodynes. The SR's were just muddy and undefined. They did feel cheap, the neck spacing was crap, and the strings were floppy. Ergoydynes were better in the feeling, but I still didn't like their sound (it was more defined, but it was too bright and clacky for me).

    Their BTB series are unlike any other of their currently marketed basses, imo. The neck feels substantial (I love the wide spacing), and it feels like it has enough meat in it so I wont snap it in half while I'm playing. The strings are tight (thanks to the 35" scale), and because of the extra length they're defined and clear. I've never felt a B-string this good on any other of the Ibanez basses.

    While I don't like Ibanez for the most part, I do like their BTB basses a lot :) If only they got rid of the SR line and started making more basses like that ;)