I really want an Ibanez SRH 500, but.......

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BAG, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    But the only shop with them here in Christchurch has had three different ones over the last 12 months or so and every one of them had a misaligned neck.

    You can see in the photo below that the G string is much closer to the neck edge than the E string. It did affect the playability to me.

    I had a look at their stock image and it is also the same.

    My photo....

    Stock image....
  2. HalfManHalfBass


    Jan 21, 2003
    Very poor quality control.

    It looks like it's a bolt on neck so there may be a little wiggle room available to pull the neck over a bit but from your front-on photo that looks like an impossibility.

    That bridge also appears to be recessed? -if so the possibility of filling the holes and repositioning it is also out....
  3. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    It is a bolt-on but unlike a Fender style neck pocket there appears to be no room for movement in these. And all your other points are spot on.

    I find it funny that a lower-tech design like a Fender neck pocket would be an advantage in this case. As I said to the wife today, if I was able to get it even a little better without too much effort or expense I'd buy it.
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  4. I own two of these and can confirm the weird offset on both, maybe it's intentional. I also have to say I never noticed it until you pointed it out in this thread so I guess it's never affected playability for me. I'm a pretty reserved type of player these days, though if I was still whaling (wailing?) on bass guitars like I used to it would probably be a problem.

    I play three different bass guitars and don't have any trouble switching to/from this one.

    Good luck!

  5. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    Thanks for chiming in. How did you go about adding that P pickup and controls?
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  6. I found a local guitar builder to install DiMarzio's I've had sitting around since the '90's. He routed the body, added some wood blocks to support the pickups, installed a Fishman Power Chip, pickup selector switch, new volume knob for the EM pickups, set the piezo/EM balance, and that was it. Here's a link to the Fishman Power Chip (which is what makes time travel possible):


    Looks like they're going for $109.00 here in the US. He also had to replace the input jack, I don't recall exactly what product he used but I can find out if you want. If I recall correctly he charged me three hundred including the hardware but did say later he found another (non-Fishman) system he'd like to try if we do it again.

    FYI - the rhythm track in the video I posted is piezo @ 100% and EM @ 90% with no effects, the melody is piezo @ 100% and EM @ 0% plus chorus.

    I hope this helps, bass on.
  7. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    I have a 5 string and it doesn't seem to have that problem.


    Weird thing, on the fours. Looks like the bridge wasn't well positioned.
  8. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    Yep, i've noticed the 5-ers don't appear to suffer the same problem.