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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vagenisour69, Aug 14, 2003.
What the heck is luthite?
well bud, personally I dont like Ibanez, but there is a good model (dun remember name.
Its seems to be fairly good, since it has active PU's, I like the fretboard and its 24med frets but I hate the bridge... i hate all Ibanez cheap bridges anyway. At least it has a balance control wich is actually good. Ugly headstock.
Luthie is a kinda wood made for electric instruments (i dun kno why).
Depends much on what ur usin it for... i belive its very situable for metal and/or numetal.
I thought Luthite is a Composite Material? you know basically a form of Polymer (plastic) and the bass is basically indestructable, I've heard stories of these bass' being run over by cars and not the body/ neck wern't hurt (tuners, and electronics were though). I owned one when they first came out, for what it's worth, and for being an Ibanez it's alright. Tonally it's rather steril, good for metal. Low end is nice, and has some mid's, not as punchy as I would like (I play Warwicks ) but is alright, the highs are rather clanky but it's not a bad bass at all. I got rid of mine because I didn't use it much compared to my Warwicks. Anyway you may want to look into other bass's in the what $500 range. BTW what kind of music are you playing and what style do you play?
I own a BTB405 that is fretless. It has the full 35" neck, a cool mono-rail bridge, and 18 volt circuitry.
It sounds sweet. I joined a new band that plays lots of modern rock, so I need a fretted bass now. I will prolly buy a Soundgear series. I like Ibanez's.
I always wanted one of those Luthite ones though. They would be great for the sound I want.
Wrong, it is a composite material, you could cut off an edge of the bass, smooth it out, and it would be fine. It is not any type of wood. Ibanez says this material helps more with midrange, and with the ones I have played, it does. The model your looking at is a very good bass, and if someone says "Don't get it" ask them why. You see, alot of people just think all ibanez basses suck, which, they don't, and in an attempt to seem cool, voice and opinion that is as stupid as a matt. The other Ibanez bass seires that the second poster was thinking about is probably the "BTB" series, a more conservitive aproch. I was going to get the EDB, till I found my Ibanez ATK used...
The atk is a great bass, but it does not have the pronounced mids that the EDB 600 has.
I would recomend them.
Oh yeah....get one.
I played on it several times. I played them loud, soft, highs, lows, mids, and until the salesman made me go home. Hehehe....I was debating the EDB605, or the BTB405.
I went BTB for the colour. They both sounded excellent. If it matters to you, the luthite is light weight as well.
I am not a fan of that series. Im a strong beliver that basses should always be made of wood. I find the tone too artificial on those Ibanez's. If i were you i would get the Ibanez SRX400 or SRX700.
Whoa whoa whoa, your telling him to get a one trick pony no mid bass, when he wants the EDB600???
The EDB600 and the BTB series are comparable. The EDB series and the SRX series are NOT. They are not even in the same league! Have you even played one? How do they sound "artificial" to you? You DO know that 90% of your tone comes from pickups and pre amp, not the wood, right? The EDB sounded just as warm as other wood basses I have played.
90%, yes, but there still is that "10%" and to me, that can make a difference. I did not like the sound of the bass, that is my opinion. The BTB series is great also.
I had an EDB605, and it was alright...I'd give it maybe 6 out of 10 stars.
Playability was great for the most part, but it had pretty narrow string spacing up and down the neck. Great for chords or speed playing, bad for slap and note bends. I sold mine because I needed a wider neck and more room between the strings.
The bass is pretty heavy, too. But SOLID. Mine was dropped down a flight of stairs and suffered only a small ding on the neck (which isn't made of luthite.
Sound...The preamp sucked IMO. I could never get it to sound even decent unless it was all set flat. The freqs of each boost/cut pot were too high. And the bass was seriously lacking in low end. Super punchy, but kind of sterile, the sound didn't really have any personality.
However, if you have a good EQ on your amp/DI, you can make up some of that low end, and a compressor can tame the mids if that's what you want....And if you use effects, that's when this bass shines. Since the tone is so dry, effects take it farther and better. Even cheap pedals sound good with this thing. You can hear subtleties of all your effects you never knew existed...But getting a clean sound that didn't make me think of a MIDI bass was pretty much impossible.
And that's my two cents on that.
to me, the only way a bass can sound artificial is in all the hip-hop and rap and techno when they use synth bass instead of an electric bass guitar!
These ED series basses are really cool, I think. With a lot of tweaking and experimenting, you can find some really damned cool sounds outta it.
I've been thinking of picking one up for its cool unique sounds, and the crunch it can get is really good for the heavy stuff I crave to play.
If these basses were over 1000 bucks, that's a different story, I wouldn't spend that much for a plastic bass guitar.
I think what people dislike about these ED series is that they are untraditional...but hey, I like stepping outta line and stuff. Try one out for like 20 minutes or so, give it some good time before judging it.
I'd rather one of these than a BTB in the price range, cuz I also think they are more comfy.
I remember when I was at Guitar Center playing this bass. I literally couldn't let it go. It sounds so great for the sound I want. I ended up buying it a couple of months later after I saved up enough money. I play it with my Hartke 5000 and it sounds perfect for the sound I look for in basses. It is very punchy and it has great mids. Right now I'm working on upgrading my Ibanez GSR bass just to use as a back up or in backyard gigs. This bass is great though perfect for any kind of METAL or Hard Rock.
I have an edb 600 in pewter (about the color of a body fluid stain!) For me the controls are a little to "fiddly." I am use to one volume and one tone. I have to say mine is pretty decent sounding, but the playability is wonderful. I did not have any dead spots as some here have written of. In the future I may change the pickups if I can find the right ones.