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Ibanez does G&L?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brendan, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Ran across this at Music123.com...Ibanez's attempt at a G&L? I've never seen a SR500 before. Huh. Anyone seen tried this thing? (No, don't want one, just a little curious)
  2. Wow that does look like a G&L knock-off, maybe Ibanez is going for versatility at an affordable price.

    Let's face it, Ibanez(even though I am not a fan) is usually a good bang for the buck.
  3. What do you mean knockoff ?
    So every bass that has exposed polepieces is a knockoff ? woah..
  4. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Yes, just like Warwicks sporting J-pups are total Fender Jazz knock-offs.

    I'm still waiting for SR(X) with maple board.
  5. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    That headstock is definitely a dead ringer.
  6. dead ringer ??
  7. Isn't the SR500 series discontinued?
  8. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    The exposed pole-piece look is becoming more popular, I guess. The ESP LTD C-304/305 has exposed pole pickups as does the ESP LTD Viper-304. They are using EMG HZ pickups with exposed pole pieces (so they will sound like all the other EMG HZ pickup-equipped basses). I wouldn't be surprised if the Ibanez exposed pole piece pickups sound just like the regular Ibanez humbuckers.

    I do like the exposed pole-piece style myself and am a G&L fan. But I doubt that they are "copying G&L" since G&L is not a very well-known/popular name. Maybe they are going for the Wal look since at least one currently popular bands bassist uses Wal basses.

    One drawback to exposed pole pieces is if you pluck directly over the pickup and your fingers reach to them they can have sharp edges that irritate/cut your fingers (I think Stingray users have occasionally felt the need to sand the edges rounder/smoother). They also provide another thing that can rust on the bass.
  9. bizzaro


    Aug 21, 2000
    For Warwick
  10. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    OK, that headstock does not look like a G&L or a Warwick headstock. I have exposed pole pieces on my Fender Jazz and they rip the tips of my fingers apart!
  11. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    C'mon dudes, exposed pole humbuckers and 2-band EQ: it's meant to attract StingRay fans with a more "in your face" sound than the usual SoundGear PJ setup allows.

    The reason noone has seen one before is it just got shown at NAMM last week :rolleyes:
  12. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    I've seen this bass at Daddy's Junky Music in Western Mass. One was like the picture above for around $500+ (I'm sure you could do better elsewhere). And there was a cheaper model that seemed the same, but black (now squanky flame job).

    Any chance this ax comes in a 5-string? I've check Ibanez' website and the model was there at all.


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