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Got the SR496

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wyleeboxer, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. wyleeboxer

    wyleeboxer Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    Well I have to say Ive had it for about 5 days and its so much fun to play. Its my 1st 6 string or even the 1st low B bass I ever owned. Just keeping my hand in the same position and being able to go down low is great! The bass overall construction is very good and the feel is awesome. However the back end of the bridge looks as if its picking up and bending off the body from the string tension, but it might just be the way the body conture curves down away from the bridge?
    Sound if pretty good, but this may be the area I fix first. Im not sure if its the pups or the preamp or both? But the sound is a little bit harsh and not real warm, although it has nice punch. Maybe a OBP-3 preamp would help? I would hope so as I dont want to have to change the DX6 pups. If I do any suggestions? Ok Im off to play it some more and hopefully Ill get a digital camera and post a big bass family pic soon! :)
  2. Wylee -

    I am REALLY glad to see you post this. I have an SR-505 and the bridge looks the exact same way.

    Can anyone with an Ibby shed some light on this?
  3. wyleeboxer

    wyleeboxer Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    I just put a metal straight edge ruler to it and its definetly the bridge bent upwards. Intentional or are these things bending after the 1st set of strings that go on?
  4. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    My guess was that since mine (SR800) curves to go with the radius of the FB and whatnot - I mean, it doesn't have individual saddle height adjustment on mine, so the whole bridge can tilt where needed.
  5. Fathand

    Fathand 21st Century Distortion Man Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    I just bought a 1996 (most likely) SR506, with the same tilt in the bridge. My guess is that it's intentional, because the strings on mine aren't that tight (just perfect, actually :D) and the bridge seems rigid enough to withstand the tension the strings make. Actually, it seems to be solid as *beep*!

    Could it's purpose be to reduce the angle the string makes against the saddle and the bridge? (but if you can adjust the saddles' height, it would a pretty useless feature...)

    Don't know, but I put my trust in Ibanez. They know what they're doing. Or not.

  6. wyleeboxer

    wyleeboxer Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    Yeah Im not to concerned with bridge, unless everyone was complaining that they were having an intonation problem.

    Im still a bit concerned however with the electronics in my bass. Anyone else change out the pre-amp or pups? Ive heard that Ibanez electronics pretty much suck in there cheaper line of basses, but why? Im a passive four stringer player so I dont now the difference with active electronics unless the tone is god aweful.
  7. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Mine's bent up a bit on my SR400. Maybe they used a softer alloy than they shoulda... but after banging away on it for five years, I haven't had a problem.
  8. I wouldn't say that the electronics in my (1996) SR505 "suck" -- the tone is excellent. What I have observed however, is that the output is not as loud as with some other active basses. I have heard this from other TB'ers as well.

    I am planning to visit my local GC to A/B my SR505 against a new one. My perception (based on separate playing experiences) is that the newer ones have a much louder output than mine but until I do a direct comparison, I can't be sure.

    If I do find this to be correct, I will eventually replace the DX pups in my 505 (which I understand were made by Mighty Mite) with some Barts or EMGs. I have a sneaking suspicion that either of those pickups will give me a volume boost and ergo, more headroom.

    I am aware that there will be a change in tonal character by using either of those brands but I'll do my research before making a final decision. I am less sure about the cost/benefit impact of changing the preamp (it sounds really good to my ears) and will only do that as a last-ditch solution.

    In the meantime, I'll handle this concern the old-fashioned way by simply increasing the volume on my amp! :cool:
  9. wyleeboxer

    wyleeboxer Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    Let me know how your comparison goes Iotanet? Ya know I had to turn my gain almost to full on my SWR 350 head with the Sr496, in the passive input, and thats about a 1/4 turn up then my passive P bass I had pluged in right before! Low output, no kidding. Does SD bassline make some good pups that will fit?
  10. Wylee -

    Went to GC today to A/B the bass. They didn't have an SR505 but they did have a 2005 model SR506. That model does however, have the Bart MK-1 pups and preamp.

    There is definitely a difference in output -- the Bart combo is definitely louder but is also harsher. I worked with the bass specialist (A good guy who knows his basses, btw. He has owned SR's previously and had a lot of good input to share.) and we spent about 45 minutes with the basses.

    His feeling was that the older bass has a "smoother" sound than the new one but he agreed that the old one is not as loud. He also offered that the older SR's have a slightly flatter (and in his opinion, more comfortable) neck profile. That presumes of course, that you prefer an Ibanez neck to begin with.

    His suggestion was to leave the preamp intact and drop in a set of Barts. The stock Barts in the Ibanezes (MK-1's) are not available to the public but they do make an equivalent that one can purchase -- I believe they cost about $100 apiece. The trick is getting the right size and internal configuration.

    That looks like my next move.
  11. wyleeboxer

    wyleeboxer Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    Way to Iotanet! Doing all the dirty work for me and getting some good info along the way :)
    I started thinking maybe just keeping my sr496 the way it is and then spending a bit more (rather then new pups) on a used sr506 off ebay? Hell Ive seen them go for just over $300 in great shape and could always use a backup 6'er. I also like that the older SR's might be smoother then the newer 506, I think I can make that work and it just might not be so bad sounding after all?
    I guess I'll need to mess around with the eq and speaker combinations to get it to sound "good enough" for live giging with this new funk band Im in? Use it in my rock band, forget about it!

    Thanks Iotanet for the info.
  12. wyleeboxer

    wyleeboxer Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Orange County, CA
    A good guy who knows his basses, btw. He has owned SR's previously and had a lot of good input to share.)

    Thats the most amazing piece of info in this whole thread! :) Let me know how it all turns out Iotanet?

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